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Councilman Squilla introduces bills to make it easier to reuse Philadelphia’s historic buildings

Councilman Squilla introduces bills to make it easier to reuse Philadelphia’s historic buildings

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Though still months away from being heard — or even enacted — Squilla’s bills mark significant progress for Philadelphia, which, despite having the second-most number of buildings constructed before 1945 in the U.S., has struggled to encourage developers to restore old and interesting buildings.

Source: Councilman Squilla introduces bills to make it easier to reuse Philadelphia’s historic buildings

Architectural artifacts from two demolished 1909 Upper East Side mansions will be for sale | 6sqft

A trove of original architectural ornaments is being offered by the dealer, including “magnificent complete paneled rooms, finely carved marble mantels, elegant stair railings in iron or carved wood, leaded glass windows, parquet flooring, and so on.”

Source: Architectural artifacts from two demolished 1909 Upper East Side mansions will be for sale | 6sqft

Distinctive building in West Virginia may not stand much longer – West Virginia Explorer

Among the most remarkable landmarks in West Virginia, the Tyler County Poor farm continues to fall into disrepair.

Though fallen into disrepair, this remarkable landmark in rural Tyler County could still attract new development.

State officials say it belongs on the National Register of Historic Places, and some heritage-tourism experts consider it one of the most iconic structures in the state. But members of the county commission aren’t convinced it can be fixed after years of neglect.

Source: Distinctive building in West Virginia may not stand much longer – West Virginia Explorer

The HMS Owl black kitchen by British Standard

The recently installed kitchen—in what had been the officer’s mess—is far from new looking. In keeping with the exterior, the couple went with a crepuscular matte charcoal for the cabinets, left the storm-ravaged brick walls exposed, and kept signs of 21st-century life largely under wraps.

Above: The recently installed kitchen—in what had been the officer’s mess—is far from new looking. In keeping with the exterior, the couple went with a crepuscular matte charcoal for the cabinets, left the storm-ravaged brick walls exposed, and kept signs of 21st-century life largely under wraps.

the HMS Owl, a World War II air squadron control tower, fit the bill: it had been left derelict for decades and Justin and Charlotte took on its restoration

Source: The HMS Owl black kitchen by British Standard

Artist Strives To Save Portland’s Historic Mayo House, Memorialize Gentrification Struggles . News | OPB

An arborist removes a tree to prepare the lot for the removal of the Mayo house and the construction of new town homes.

An arborist removes a tree to prepare the lot for the removal of the Mayo house and the construction of new town homes.

Amelia Templeton/OPB

“I thought, ‘I could save the house,’” said Cleo Davis, an artist who lives just a few doors down.The Mayo house appealed to him because demolition and lost opportunities are a big part of his family’s story — and part of the African-American experience in this part of Portland.

Source: Artist Strives To Save Portland’s Historic Mayo House, Memorialize Gentrification Struggles . News | OPB

A campaign aims to save the home of the Central Park architect

A campaign is running to save the abandoned home in Staten Island of the Central Park architect. Image: New York Landmark Conservancy

“We recognise the importance of restoring this landmark site so that it can eventually offer programs to New Yorkers and visitors alike,” says the Conservancy.

Source: A campaign aims to save the home of the Central Park architect

Charlotte is converting an old Model T and missile factory into workspaces – Archpaper.com

Camp North End Charlotte

Experiential passageways for cars and pedestrians will connect to the different buildings on site. (Courtesy S9 Architecture)

ATCO brought on S9 to collaborate on the adaptive reuse of the complex’s 12 main buildings and connect them through experiential passageways. In between each structure, the team will lay out gathering spaces for people to eat, hang out, or put on events.

Source: Charlotte is converting an old Model T and missile factory into workspaces – Archpaper.com

Demand Rising For Offices In Historic Buildings, But Supply Limited

Demand Rising For Offices In Historic Buildings, But Supply Limited

Bisnow/Julie Littman Bisnow’s Bay Area Construction and Development event held in The Fairmont in San Francisco

“Everyone wants brick and timber, but there is only so much of that and a lot of it’s been taken,” Build Inc. President and partner Lou Vasquez said during Bisnow’s Bay Area Construction and Development event. While the temptation might be to tear down an old building, especially if it costs too much to restore it, there is inherent value in restoration, Vasquez said. “You can’t buy that character. You can’t build that character,” he said.

Source: Demand Rising For Offices In Historic Buildings, But Supply Limited

Crews stripping Burnham Mansion ahead of demolition – Wandtv.com, NewsCenter17, StormCenter17, Central Illinois News-

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – Burnham Mansion will be demolished soon, but crews are currently stripping the interior detailing from the historic home.

The demolition is being done to make room for the $87.1 million Central High School expansion.

Source: Crews stripping Burnham Mansion ahead of demolition – Wandtv.com, NewsCenter17, StormCenter17, Central Illinois News-

House where Rosa Parks lived in Detroit after escaping South up for auction | MLive.com

In this April 6, 2017 photo Rhea McCauley a niece of Rosa Parks poses in front of the rebuilt house of Rosa Parks in Berlin.

“From the viewpoint of art and design, the story of the house and its history since leaving Detroit is a demonstration of the new reach of preservation and the power of creative adaptive reuse,”

Source: House where Rosa Parks lived in Detroit after escaping South up for auction | MLive.com

Inside Mercy Housing’s restoration of Building 9 at Magnuson Park – Curbed Seattle

A window bank unearthed during the restoration process.

The building lived many lives before being decommissioned—barracks, courthouse, offices—and like archaeologists, building crews were able to uncover some original building components that had been long covered up. Vinyl flooring had been placed over terrazzo tile in the original mess hall. A utilitarian wall turned out to be hiding a whole bank of historic windows.

Source: Inside Mercy Housing’s restoration of Building 9 at Magnuson Park – Curbed Seattle

A Modern Solar-Powered Home Built Within the Ruins of an 18th-Century Farmhouse | Colossal

Photo Credit: Architects Nathanael Dorent and Lily Jencks

Although there are some updated elements, the structure still sits within the original stones of the farmhouse, and is topped by a pitched roof similar to the one that would have sheltered the old Scottish house.

Source: A Modern Solar-Powered Home Built Within the Ruins of an 18th-Century Farmhouse | Colossal

Preservation of Anacortes Junk Co. building uncertain | News | goskagit.com

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The photograph, dated 1920, shows the original location of the Junk Co., which later became Marine Supply & Hardware, still in business today. Photo: Anacortes Museum

The Anacortes Junk Co. building, which was originally a livery stable for horses in the 1890s, was where Efthemios “Mike” Demopoulos opened Marine Supply & Hardware in 1910. The port is opting to tear down the building after a structural engineer’s report deemed it unsafe for occupants.

Source: Preservation of Anacortes Junk Co. building uncertain | News | goskagit.com

Explore Kew Gardens’ freshly restored Temperate House

Photography: Rosella Degori for The Spaces

The Grade I-listed glasshouse, which was designed by Decimus Burton and constructed in 1860, has been carefully restored by Donald Insall Associates. The architects have painstakingly dismantled, cleaned, re-painted and re-glazed over 69,000 individual parts of the 4,880 sqm building.

Source: Explore Kew Gardens’ freshly restored Temperate House

‘This was our life’: Demolition of former Spa City garden supply store under way – Saratogoan News

Demolition at 79 Henry St. began Monday morning. Joseph Phelan — jphelan@digitalfirstmedia.com

“We all grew up here. You see things [in the building] and then you remember, oh I remember that room,” Nemec saod. “I remember we use to play hide and seek in there, or we used to help the customers. It’s just weird. It’s weird to see your life fall apart right now.”

via: http://www.saratogian.com/general-news/20180129/this-was-our-life-demolition-of-former-spa-city-garden-supply-store-under-way

NPC looking for ‘adaptive reuse’ of power plant | Niagara Falls Review

The old Toronto Power Generating Station along the Niagara Parkway in Niagara Falls is one of the former power-plant buildings that the Niagara Parks Commission is hoping to repurpose. (Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard)

“I’m just wondering what the long-term plan is to try to bring that back to life. It’s falling apart. (It) is really sad to see what is happening there. I think most of the proposals we got years ago, everybody wanted a boutique hotel, and nobody up here wanted a boutique hotel, so I’m wondering if you’re thinking about this, what we’re going to do in the future — if you have some plans.”

Source: NPC looking for ‘adaptive reuse’ of power plant | Niagara Falls Review

Port to remove Anacortes Junk Co., work to preserve iconic facade | All Access | goanacortes.com

Anacortes Junk Co.

The port will remove the more-than-100-year-old Anacortes Junk Company building from Second Street. The site is the original location of Marine Supply & Hardware opened by Greek immigrant Efthemios “Mike” Demopoulos in 1910. Jacqueline Allison/Anacortes American

The port has been working with the museum to understand the historical significance of the stable before removing it, Executive Director Dan Worra said last month.

Source: Port to remove Anacortes Junk Co., work to preserve iconic facade | All Access | goanacortes.com

Historic home finds restoration thanks to Craigslist ad – UNG Vanguard

Featured photo marks the project’s development on Dec. 15, 2016 (photo by Michelle Correll)

“I’ve had so many wonderful, wonderful folks thank me for saving the house,” Carter said. “The thing that makes me feel the very best is that it makes other people feel good.”

Renovations as of Sept. 15, 2017 (photo by Michelle Correll)

Source: Historic home finds restoration thanks to Craigslist ad – UNG Vanguard

Interest in Campbell timber is worldwide The Westerly Sun

Henry Castaldi, owner of Westwood Construction and Salvage LLC of Plainfield, uses a hydraulic excavator with a grapple attachment to remove timber deemed unsalvagable from the 99-year-old Campbell Grain Building in Pawcatuck. | Harold Hanka,The Westerly Sun

“This lumber is very unique and we’re working to recover whatever we can,” Castaldi said. “We’ll probably never seem timbers like this in our lifetime. We have loads that are scheduled to go out to our brokers, who then sell it. Some locals have stopped by and made purchases as well.”  Castaldi said a local cemetery plans to buy some chestnut to replace portions of its hearse barn. Although some of it will be sold locally, some of the lumber will most likely be sold overseas to contractors in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France, he said. “Reclaiming wood like this has a big ‘green’ effect because it’s being recycled,” he said. “There are beams here that are 24-feet long and could be more than 400 years old.”

Source: Interest in Campbell timber is worldwide The Westerly Sun

northeast portland neighbors set to buy back historic home | KATU

The Ocobock Mansion in Northeast Portland was built in 1913. (KATU Photo)

Other neighbors are concerned with how fast a home could be bought and almost torn down with little community input. “This house is indicative of so much of what’s happening here in Portland right now,” said Matthew Breeze, “How do we keep our communities livable and have a public process. I’m happy to have infill, but it should happen in a way that’s transparent.”

Source: northeast portland neighbors set to buy back historic home | KATU

Forgotten history rediscovered during renovation of new Local Republic | Food & Drink | gwinnettdailypost.com

Forgotten history rediscovered during renovation of new Local Republic

Ben Baily & Chris Collin

“It’s the instruction manual,” Collin said. “That’s pretty hilarious … It’s amazing how excited we get over stuff we find in the old wood. This stuff is awesome.” The renovation work at the future Local Republic site, which involves gutting the building, is unveiling decades of his history that has been hidden in the building through years of various modifications. It’s not quite clear when a boarded-up yellow and green storefront in the middle of Perry Street on Lawrenceville Square was built, but Bailey and Collin know it’s old.

Source: Forgotten history rediscovered during renovation of new Local Republic | Food & Drink | gwinnettdailypost.com

Exquisite Converted Courthouse in London Asks $3.5M – Curbed

Known simply as The Old Courthouse, the designated historic building was recently revamped by London interior design firm Sigmar and features a dramatic 35-foot vaulted ceiling in the main living area with an open kitchen (original courthouse box stand included) and an updated mezzanine bedroom.

Source: Exquisite Converted Courthouse in London Asks $3.5M – Curbed

Grant Park to potential new owner of Atlanta Stockade: Don’t demolish the historic buildings, reuse them | Atlanta News & Opinion Blog

Residents say they're sad to see FCS Ministries go but want new owner keep buildings standing - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILEResidents say they’re sad to see FCS Ministries go but want new owner keep buildings standing

Rocereta, who helped lead the battle against the Fuqua proposal, says every person she’s talked to about the Stockade sale has expressed a desire to see the building reused. “No one wanted to see it torn down.”

via Grant Park to potential new owner of Atlanta Stockade: Don’t demolish the historic buildings, reuse them | Atlanta News & Opinion Blog | Fresh Loaf | Creative Loafing Atlanta.

EPR Retail News | Historic Seattle awarded Starbucks its Best Adaptive Reuse Award for 2015 for its outstanding achievement in bringing the building of the old Packard Showroom back to life

Historic Seattle awarded Starbucks its Best Adaptive Reuse Award for 2015 for its outstanding achievement in bringing the building of the old Packard Showroom back to life Historic Seattle awarded Starbucks its Best Adaptive Reuse Award for 2015 for its outstanding achievement in bringing the building of the old Packard Showroom back to life.

“Crowds come to the Roastery from all over the world,” Gale said. “To have the Roastery in a historic location – reminiscent of the original Pike Place store – really takes you emotionally to the next level.”

via EPR Retail News | Historic Seattle awarded Starbucks its Best Adaptive Reuse Award for 2015 for its outstanding achievement in bringing the building of the old Packard Showroom back to life.

Montgomery’s Webber Building sold for dollar, set for deconstruc – WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

The Webber Building as it looked on May 5, 2015. (Source: WSFA 12 News)The Webber Building as it looked on May 5, 2015. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

After the deconstruction, ELSAJA Dexter is planning to try to save portions of the brick walls and is expected to include a plaza and information to recognize the building’s history.

“Because they are the owner of other buildings to be renovated downtown, they have a strong vested interest to carry through on their commitment to manage the deconstruction responsibility and to maximize the amount of salvageable materials from it,” McLeod said.

via Montgomery’s Webber Building sold for dollar, set for deconstruc – WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news..

Historic Kirksville High School still set to be demolished despite community protest : News : HeartlandConnection.com

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Codes and Planning has been looking for someone to salvage the building for the past nine years.

“We would love it if someone could come up and say we are going to renovate and use this building, but we have been nine years now waiting for that to happen, and encouraging and going through multiple owners trying to find that person. We haven’t, because the money is at a million dollars plus to bring that property back,” Selby said.

via Historic Kirksville High School still set to be demolished despite community protest : News : HeartlandConnection.com.

Wanted: New use for old mill building on Connecticut River in Montague | masslive.com

ramsey.JPGWalter Ramsey, Montague town planner, said the town is looking for a buyer and developer of Building 11, part of a mill complex on the Connecticut River in the Turners Falls village. (Photo by / Cori Urban )

“Building 11” is a free-standing, seven-story brick building on about fourth-tenths of an acre between the Connecticut River and the power canal in the Montague village of Turners Falls. The 35,280-square-foot brick mill building constructed about 1900 is being offered under the town’s Commercial Homesteading Program for a nominal fee to the builder/developer making the best proposal based on well-defined criteria contained in the request for proposals.

via Wanted: New use for old mill building on Connecticut River in Montague | masslive.com.

Haute 100 LA: Rick Caurso Reaches Agreement to Acquire Glendale Masonic Temple

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“We are glad to extend our presence in Glendale through a project that truly offers a prime example of adaptive reuse,” stated Caruso. “This is a local architectural gem. The prospect of reinvigorating it, preserving its architectural history while providing the community additional modern office space and several new social hangouts is exciting.”

via Haute 100 LA: Rick Caurso Reaches Agreement to Acquire Glendale Masonic Temple.

Barnards Green potting shed saved from demolition (From Worcester News)

Malvern Civic Society members, Dr Robert Mills, Bob Tilley, Clive Hooper and Denise Preston with residents Paul Sargent and Lindsay Kemp-Harper at the potting shed threatened with demolition. Picture by John Anyon. 0915826101Malvern Civic Society members, Dr Robert Mills, Bob Tilley, Clive Hooper and Denise Preston with residents Paul Sargent and Lindsay Kemp-Harper at the potting shed threatened with demolition. Picture by John Anyon. 0915826101

Cllr Melanie Baker said the application had proved “a very emotive issue”.

“A building is not just bricks and mortar,” he said.

“It holds historical information and values.

“My greatest concern is that once it’s gone, it’s gone.

“I for one feel I cannot be part of destroying part of our heritage.”

Cllr Clive Smith said he had initially been sceptical about the value of the shed and concerns raised by conservation groups in the town, including the Malvern Civic Society, but after looking more closely at the issue had come to understand why people were upset about the plans.

via Barnards Green potting shed saved from demolition (From Worcester News).

Connaught bricks to be salvaged from Regina dump – Saskatchewan – CBC News

A salvage effort is set to recover some bricks as souvenirs from Connaught School in Regina.A salvage effort is set to recover some bricks as souvenirs from Connaught School in Regina. (CBC)

According to Elliot, some of the material includes decorative limestone and terrazzo pieces along with intact bricks.

Elliot said she learned that the bricks were destined to be crushed.

“Some of it may be used for roadways,” she said. “But … it sounded like they were just pulverizing it into the landfill itself.”

via Connaught bricks to be salvaged from Regina dump – Saskatchewan – CBC News.

Nonprofit groups salvage materials from Genesis homes

100714-house-harvest-03Mel Rullman, left, and Don Ague, volunteers with Habitat ReStore, remove nails from oak trim Tuesday outside a home at 2227 Esplanade Ave., Davenport. ReStore sells new and gently used building materials to raise money for Habitat for Humanity-Quad-Cities. Other items the group salvaged from the house and others in the area that are scheduled for demolition include toilets, a bathroom vanity and window wells.

The wood will be resold in the group’s Architectural Rescue Shop that raises money for neighborhood projects by salvaging, accepting and selling vintage items.

via Nonprofit groups salvage materials from Genesis homes.

This Century-Old Detroit Building Is Now the Cadillac of Office Spaces

The news that Cadillac is moving its Detroit headquarters to New York City delivered quite a blow to Detroit’s ongoing rebirth. Especially considering Cadillac’s advertising agency is a shining example of that rebirth: It’s housed in a gorgeous new office in a salvaged 100-year-old building, proof that sticking it out in Detroit and can be beautiful and smart.

via This Century-Old Detroit Building Is Now the Cadillac of Office Spaces.

Massive amounts of material removed from Porters

Micah Waters

A view of the Porters building under deconstruction, as seen Sept. 5 at the corner of Sixth Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The Porters building, 301 Sixth St., which started as five separate buildings when connected in 1939 and ultimately expanded to nine buildings and 80,000 square feet, will be “deconstructed” to clear the site for new development, said Micah Waters, who co-owned the former high-end furniture store and owns the property. The property represents nearly an acre in Downtown Racine, located between Sixth and Seventh streets, Wisconsin Avenue to the east and College Avenue to the west.

Porters Demolition Continues

Looking out toward street

via Massive amounts of material removed from Porters.

Boston/SF News | Articles and Archives | PCA and Beacon Communities Complete Adaptive Reuse of National Historic Landmark

According to David Chilinski of Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, the solution required a new look at the property and its potential. “We saw the same obstacles to reusing these buildings that others encountered. The community wanted to see the architecture and the incredible history it represents preserved and blended back into the town fabric. So we looked for ways to open up and unlock all creative possibilities both inside the structures and on the grounds of the property.”

via Boston/SF News | Articles and Archives | PCA and Beacon Communities Complete Adaptive Reuse of National Historic Landmark.

Civil War Museum Honored For Adaptive Reuse

The Missouri Civil War Museum is housed in the renovated Post Exchange building in Jefferson Barracks Park.

In 2002, Mark Trout approached the county with his vision of renovating the old Post Exchange into a museum. Trout leased the building for $1 per year for the next 99 years. He and historian John Maurath believed so strongly in the project that they both left their jobs to be able to devote their energy to the renovation on a full-time basis.

Mark Trout (left) and John Maurath stand in the gymnasium of the Post Exchange building while it was undergoing renovations in 2009. file photo by Diana Linsley

via Civil War Museum Honored For Adaptive Reuse.

John McAslan + Partners Convert a 1929 Stone Barn into a Luminous Student Center | Inhabitat

UK-based architects John McAslan + Partners just finished converting a 1929 stone barn into a contemporary library and student center at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus.

via John McAslan + Partners Convert a 1929 Stone Barn into a Luminous Student Center | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

New Chapter for Northville Grange; Proposals Sought for Adaptive Re-Use – Around Town – Riverhead, NY Patch

“As the building nears the end of its second century in use, its owners, First Parish Church, UCC, invite proposals for a new chapter in the life of this historic treasure,” the RFP reads.

Built in 1831, the building known as the Sound Avenue Grange Hall “has been in almost constant use as a vibrant center of civic and social life. For most of its life, the Grange Hall has been the de facto community center for the three-centuries’-old farm community along Sound Avenue. As the community’s needs for a social gathering place have gradually altered, First Parish Church seeks to repurpose the building for relevant community use,” the RFP states.

via New Chapter for Northville Grange; Proposals Sought for Adaptive Re-Use – Around Town – Riverhead, NY Patch.

Memories Fade: Historic Paris Apartment Gets Gradient | Designs & Ideas on Dornob

Modernized Paris Apartment 1

The apartment is located in the 1930s Art Deco residential complex known as the Walter Buildings, and bears many of its original features. The designer wanted to bring the interiors into the present day, avoiding a fully preserved, museum-like feel, but without sacrificing the sense of history imparted by the parquet de Versailles woodwork, wrought iron stair railing and other features.

Modernized Paris Apartment 2

via Memories Fade: Historic Paris Apartment Gets Gradient | Designs & Ideas on Dornob.

Firehouse relics salvaged | Denton Record Chronicle | News for Denton County, Texas

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Denton firefighters remove corner guards from the old fire station on Avenue B on Tuesday. The long-vacant building near the University of North Texas is scheduled to be demolished, along with the former sites of Sukhothai II and The Treehouse Bar & Grill, shown in background, to make way for a new CVS Pharmacy.

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via Firehouse relics salvaged | Denton Record Chronicle | News for Denton County, Texas.

Steinert Hall, the most famous subterranean theater you’ve never heard of – Music – The Boston Globe

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“It’s where old pianos come to die,” said building manager Colman McDonagh with a weary smile as he stepped around assorted obstacles while conducting the tour.

Yet there is much fading grandeur to take in, too, visual reminders of what a magnificent space Steinert Hall must have been, tucked 35 feet below one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, when Boston was burnishing its credentials as a world-class city for live music.

Structurally, the elliptically shaped concert hall remains surprisingly intact, its fluted Corinthian pilasters separating what were once proscenium boxes reserved for well-heeled patrons. On either side of the small stage, at balcony level, wall panels bear the names of Schumann, Beethoven, Haydn, Bach, Mozart, and Schubert.

The 650 seats are long gone, donated years ago to Boston College High School. Still visible in the floorboards, though, are ventilation holes where heat was once pumped from a massive fan. Other touches, like an original leather-faced door and 1915 Greek-themed wall mural, possibly painted by muralist Charles Avery Aiken (it’s signed “C.A. Aiken”), have been preserved as well.

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via Steinert Hall, the most famous subterranean theater you’ve never heard of – Music – The Boston Globe.

Landmark Woodbury theater revived as apartments

Woodbury unveils the restored GG Green Building, a 133-year-old structure that was considered for demolition just two years ago. Once a theater, developers have turned it into a mixed-use residential building in Woodbury. This is a photo of the building on December 11, 2013.  (ELIZABETH ROBERTSON/Staff Photographer)

Woodbury unveils the restored GG Green Building, a 133-year-old structure that was considered for demolition just two years ago. Once a theater, developers have turned it into a mixed-use residential building in Woodbury. This is a photo of the building on December 11, 2013. (ELIZABETH ROBERTSON/Staff Photographer)

via Landmark Woodbury theater revived as apartments.

Russell Brand buys a character-filled home in Hollywood Hills West – Hartford Courant

Good character.

(Both the man and his home)

Russell Brand

Russell Brand — he of the off-color humor and wild-eyed visage — has bought a character-filled home in Hollywood Hills West for $2.224 million.

The restored 1926 traditional-style house was designed by Roy Selden Price, an architect known for his period revival work.

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