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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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.

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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)

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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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How to bring a new look to Valley communities: recycle historic structures | Wrangler News

The onetime Monroe Elementary School has been transformed into a reborn Children’s Museum. Nearby, along Grand Avenue, a surge of development is yielding new destinations out of long-forgotten structures, which are showcased on a self-guided, adaptive-reuse tour sponsored by the Grand Avenue Arts and Small Business District.

Adaptive reuse is also a way to save a unique or historic building that might otherwise be demolished. The practice benefits the environment by conserving natural resources and minimizing the need for new materials.

In Phoenix, city planners established a program in 2008 that encourages adaptive re-use of buildings that are structurally sound but no longer economically viable in their current condition.

via How to bring a new look to Valley communities: recycle historic structures | Wrangler News.

New life for weathered Duluth building | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

It wasn’t until after the couple bought the two-story, 3,740-square-foot structure that they learned it had been the Duluth Weather Bureau building from 1904 to 1950. They also learned the Incline Railway tramway had run along the 400-foot-long property on its way up the hill to a grand pavilion that burned a few years before the weather bureau building was built.

“That history just made it more exciting,” said Teri Gunnarson, a physician for Essentia Health.

The Gunnarsons have embraced that history, meticulously reusing bricks and wood flooring removed during demolition and bringing in other reclaimed materials to add character to what is now a modern, cutting-edge home with geothermal and solar energy systems.

via New life for weathered Duluth building | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota.

Portland Architecture: Two handsome old downtown buildings, but only one may survive

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But while the Cornelius admittedly has its troubles, with fire and water damage helping to deliver a dreaded “U” sign in its windows marking it as unsafe amidst numerous code violations, demolishing it would be a further blight on this developer’s record.

Moyer once was part of an effort to connect the North and South Park Blocks, which would have created one long strip of downtown green space, comparable to Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, but also would have knocked down several historic buildings in its path. It’s as if TMT is trying to rekindle that defeated effort by single-handedly demolishing the historic architecture of Park Avenue.

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Culver Building (photo by Brian Libby)

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via Portland Architecture: Two handsome old downtown buildings, but only one may survive.

Cornerstone of Nashville Riverfront Master Plan Showcases Sustainable Adaptive Reuse

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When Nashville built its new stadium for the Tennessee Titans, the former headquarters of the Nashville Bridge Company were spared demolition. Built in 1908, with additions made to the 5,000 square foot building in 1924 and 1965, the compound was modernized by Hastings Architecture Associates as part of the Nashville Riverfront Master Plan. Renovations were recently completed, including a newly-built modern wing, and has been re-dubbed The Bridge Building.

The adaptive reuse required significant modifications to reflect sustainability concerns, which have resulted in a 46 percent decrease in annual energy costs, including solar hot water, a ground source heat pump, automated electrical monitoring, LED illumination, and smart operable windows.

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via Cornerstone of Nashville Riverfront Master Plan Showcases Sustainable Adaptive Reuse.

Maio Studio Turns Former Wash House into Co-working Space (Photos) : TreeHugger

Renovating an old building can be quite a challenge, not only structurally. The skill lies in adapting the spaces to our current needs while at the same time conserving the history and stories round it. Anna Puigjaner and Guillermo Lopez, members of MAIO, have managed to do so with an old wash house in Barcelona. It is now an open studio for creative professionals.

via Maio Studio Turns Former Wash House into Co-working Space (Photos) : TreeHugger.

‘King of trash’ taking on buildings in Dalton | The Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Darla Ellingson/Daily Journal Greg Peterson has refurbished the Dalton Opera House and is working on three more buildings on Summit street in Dalton.

“I’ve been in trash all my life,” said Peterson with a smile.

Peterson’s dad owned a garbage service in the cities, and that’s where his interest in ‘picking’ treasures grew. After moving to Fergus Falls, Peterson’s collections continued to accumulate while owning the Chopping Block antique store, the Cabinet Connection, and Big Red Boxes which handled mostly construction debris.

He also worked at the OTC Sherrif’s Department and Valley Lake Treatment Center for many years.

Peterson has done most of the structural and cosmetic work himself on the building he has named “The Dalton Opera House.” Originally a multi-use town hall, he picked up the 1902 building for a song.

“I’ll buy anything that’s cheap,” said Peterson, while explaining that he has been working on the Opera House, the adjacent creamery building and two other buildings to the rear of the property in his spare time- with recycled materials of course.

“I just hate to throw anything usable away,” said Peterson.

With humor he tells a story of Jesus being the first recycler.

“You know the story from the bible of the miracle of the five loaves and five fishes, where Jesus is able to feed 5,000 people?” Peterson asks. “Jesus says gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”

Read this wonderful article via ‘King of trash’ taking on buildings in Dalton | The Fergus Falls Daily Journal.

Armour building in Alexandria razed as restoration costs deemed too high | The Town Talk | thetowntalk.com

The Armour building at 1901 Third St. in downtown Alexandria is being torn down. Local preservationists say the building was significant because it was one of the last surviving buildings in Central Louisiana whose existence was dependent on rail transportation.

The Armour building at 1901 Third St. in downtown Alexandria is being torn down. Local preservationists say the building was significant because it was one of the last surviving buildings in Central Louisiana whose existence was dependent on rail transportation.

The Armour building, at 1901 Third St., was built circa 1910 as a meat processing plant. It is significant, local preservationists say, because it is one of the last surviving buildings in Central Louisiana whose existence was dependent on rail transportation, and because its architectural embellishments made it quite ornate for a warehouse at that time.

via Armour building in Alexandria razed as restoration costs deemed too high | The Town Talk | thetowntalk.com.

Neighbors, owner tangle over deconstruction at historic Detroit home | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

The area around the Van Dyke Place mansion at 649 Van Dyke in the historic West Village district of Detroit has been blocked off after a dispute over scrapping. The home's new owner says it was restoration work; neighbors say they aren't convinced.

Residents of West Village in Detroit sprang into action this week when two men appeared to be scrapping the architectural features off one of the historic neighborhood’s most famous mansions.

City officials said the homeowner had not secured the proper permits nor gone through the requirements involving historic homes to do work on the former Van Dyke Place Restaurant.

On Wednesday night, Detroit police arrested and later released the men working on the house, from T&T Construction in Findlay, Ohio, as they investigated neighbors’ complaints.

The former Van Dyke Place, a 10,000-square-foot building, was built about 100 years ago by the man whose overalls eventually would anchor the Carhartt brand of work clothes.

Residents said the workers pulled doors off their hinges, carefully disassembled a limestone balustrade and cut a massive limestone façade out of three layers of brick above the door. But in their historic neighborhood, such deconstruction requires permit after permit, with public hearings and community approval. By about 7 p.m. Wednesday, 20 residents gathered at the house and demanded to know what the men were doing.

“The intention was to strip the house,” said architect Brian Hurttienne, executive director of the Villages Community Development Corp., a neighborhood organization. “It undermines everything that community really is.”

Michael Mallett said he owns the house and commissioned the work — but said he was simply trying to stem water leaks. He said he bought the foreclosed house for $115,000 cash in May.

Mallett, who said he has rebuilt old homes before, said his workers removed the façade to get better access to the doors because they were rusted through. Mallett, also from Ohio, said he didn’t think he needed permits to attack the water leaks. On Thursday, he said he was talking with the city about the proper permits.

“I don’t think everyone understood what we were doing,” he said. “We’re trying to diffuse the situation as best we can.”

But neighbors and some city officials expressed skepticism at the explanation.

They said Mallett’s crew has been working for about three weeks on the house, mostly on the inside. On Wednesday night, when the residents arrived, they said the previous owner of the house — who lives next door and still has keys to the fence lock — told police they couldn’t enter without a warrant.

By Thursday afternoon, the former owner, real estate lawyer Rod Strickland, was representing Mallett. Mallett said they had never met before Wednesday night.

According to county tax records, Strickland bought the mansion for $500,000 in 2001 and lost it to foreclosure in 2011. He said he thinks his neighbors overreacted, and the two men were unfairly arrested. He would not allow the Free Press inside the gates.

“They failed to have it permitted,” Strickland said of the workers. “They stopped and agreed to go home.”

Hurttienne said architectural features — such as façades — are extremely difficult to replace once they are removed. He estimated the value of what was pulled off the Van Dyke house in excess of $100,000.

Continue reading Neighbors, owner tangle over deconstruction at historic Detroit home | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Green Plans For Disney Studios

This mural (painted by Alexander Austin) at 31st and Troost includes images of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.
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In the early 1920s, when Walt Disney was in his early 20s, he was heading up a struggling animation studio on Kansas City’s east side. A small field mouse became his pet, lived in a drawer in his office, and shared his food. That mouse would later provide the inspiration for Mickey Mouse. Disney’s studio, where early animators cut their teeth making black-and-white silent cartoons, is still struggling. There are now plans for a green future.

Paying Tribute in Missouri

Walt Disney was born in Chicago. But he spent much of his childhood in Missouri, firstMarceline (about 125 miles northeast of Kansas City), and then Kansas City. Disney was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians in 1993. And Butch Rigby – a film buff and founder of Screenland Theatres – recalls a conversation from that time with a Kansas City radio DJ, John Hart.

“And he (Hart) said, ‘Hey, there is not one single place in Kansas City that reflects the fact that one of the most famous people in the world came from here, worked here, started here,'” says Rigby.

At first, the idea was to build a statue in honor of Walt Disney. Then there were talks about a possible Disney Museum in Union Station. But those ideas fizzled out. Today, plans are still in development to re-open Disney’s Laugh-O-Gram studios, just east of Troost.

Laugh-O-Gram Studio: A Training Ground for Animators       

Butch Rigby stands outside the two-story red-brick building at the corner of 31st and Forest. “This is still just a small 10,000 foot building,” says Rigby. “And it’s not a giant museum project like people want to imagine. It is, however, equally as important.”

The second floor of the McConhahay Building housed the first cartoon studio owned by Walt Disney. It was a training ground for pioneering animators like Ub IwerksHugh Harman and Rudolph Ising. But Disney was not known for his financial prowess, and the company filed for bankruptcy in July 1923. Disney then moved to Hollywood, California with an unfinished “Alice’s Wonderland.”

“What’s significant is that some of those kids would follow Walt (Disney) and Ub (Iwerks) out to California and they would literally found 20th century cartoon animation for the movies,” says Rigby.

“Ub Iwerks was the prolific genius artist who would draw, a few years after they left Kansas City, Mickey Mouse; Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising, they founded a little company, Harman-Ising (Cartoons). They came up with “Merrie Melodies” and “Looney Tunes” (at Warner Brothers). Those two guys would end up training two young animators, Hanna and Barbera.”

Back from Collapse

By 1996, this building was slated for demolition. The roof had collapsed on to the second floor, and that floor nearly collapsed on to the first. When Rigby and Shipp bought it on behalf of Thank You Walt Disney for just over $12,000, it was thought that the building couldn’t be saved.

“Very slowly, but very surely, we’ve taken it one step at a time,” says Rigby. “(We’ve) removed all the demolition, put up scaffolding to hold all the walls up, brought in bricklayers, brought in framers, brought in new concrete floors, so now we have a cool shell that is ready for programming and for use as an interactive historic site.”

But getting that “cool shell” ready has taken more than a decade, and it’s been expensive. Rigby estimates about $700,000 has been invested so far; this includes in-kind services and the bulk of a $400,000 match from the Walt Disney Family Foundation. Doors and windows remain boarded up, covered with cartoon figures.

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Buyer sought to save historic church | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Shown Dec. 20, 2011, the former Revival Temple Church 1226 Martin Luther Kiing Jr. St. is a Classical Revival style brick building now owned by Indianapolis Public Schools. It was destined to be demolished late this year to make way for a parking lot for Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. But now IPS has agreed to allow Indiana Landmarks through 2012 to find a buyer for the save the building for reuse. According to Indiana Landmarks, the church was built by African Americans and was for most of its history the Phillips Temple CME Church. It's in the Flanner House Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.  When the Temple vacated the building, they took with them the stained glass windows and the large organ.

A 91-year-old stately brown-brick Downtown church building, which had been a longtime gathering place for African-Americans, has a chance to avoid demolition.

That is, if someone with plenty of money and an idea for reuse of the deteriorating structure comes forward next year.

Located in the Flanner House Homes historic district, the building at 1226 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. was scheduled to be demolished in September to make way for parking for Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, a short distance to the south.

Indianapolis Public Schools purchased the building with the four towering white columns at its entrance — and some adjacent land — in January for $319,000.

However, IPS Superintendent Eugene White and his administration recently accepted a request from Indiana Landmarks to give preservationists until December 2012 to try to save the building by finding a buyer willing to rehabilitate it.

A progress report on the search will be given to White in about six months, said Mark Dollase, Indiana Landmarks’ vice president of preservation services.

“There are few buildings left in the city built by African-Americans for African-Americans,” Dollase said, citing losses due in particular to redevelopment in the heart of the city.

“For that,” he said, “it is an important goal for us to see this building remain standing. We’re thrilled that Dr. White and IPS will work with us on finding a solution to a continued use.”

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From Cleveland’s dilapidated buildings, salvage workers unearth treasures – The Washington Post

 

The neglected edifice, known as the Ardmore and built just after the turn of the century, has crumbling ceilings and busted-out windows. The copper pipes were stolen long ago. Graffiti artists tagged the walls. Weeds have taken over outside. It has sat empty for years, just like the building next door, and the one next to that, like thousands of others in Cleveland beset by population loss and a brutal housing crisis.

Recently, the Ardmore received a death sentence. It will be torn down in a matter of days, part of an ongoing effort to demolish vacant and abandoned properties and chip away at blight. But first, Hennessy and his colleagues have a chance to salvage whatever is worth saving.

 

 

 

 

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