Photography is by Susanna von Känel.
Christian Müller was approached by the two owners of Casa Sur Ual, a 350-year-old house in the Swiss village of Vella, and asked to divide it into two family apartments.
Photography is by Susanna von Känel.
Christian Müller was approached by the two owners of Casa Sur Ual, a 350-year-old house in the Swiss village of Vella, and asked to divide it into two family apartments.
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.”
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.
“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)
Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea. A historic former Dee Lumber Co. building is collapsing from the weight of recent snow.
A historic former Dee Lumber Co. building is collapsing from the weight of recent snow.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Residents 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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Walter 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.
“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.”
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. 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.
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.”
The years-long conversion is the work of Canadian-born architect Sanit Manku and French designer Patrick Jouin of Jouin Manku.
Mel 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
Mexican firm Taller 6A has renovated a library inside an eighteenth-century building in Mexico City, adding a bookshop with hundreds of wooden boxes on its walls, its ceilings, and under its glass floor.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
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)
(Both the man and his home)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Culver Building (photo by Brian Libby)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Iwerks, Hugh 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.
Mitchell County Courthouse, built in 1858, in Osage, Iowa. (Courtesy Photo)
DECORAH, Iowa — Discussions this week produced a likely course of action for a landmark on Preservation Iowa’s most endangered properties list, but a second structure’s future remains unclear.
After a decision Wednesday by Winneshiek County supervisors to fund “deconstruction,” it appears the caretaker’s residence at the former county home near Freeport will be coming down soon.
The future of the Mitchell County Courthouse, however, is indeterminate. Officials led the first of four community meetings on the issue Wednesday in St. Ansgar. The next will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Stacyville Public Library.
Winneshiek supervisors agreed to provide $10,400 to dismantle the caretaker’s home, and the Oneota Historic Future Alliance will add $2,000, according to a representative.
Ted Stakis of TSC Construction in Dubuque said he could take the building apart for that amount if the company could “piggyback” the project with another in the area. TSC Construction is also scheduled to remove the Wapsie Produce building in Decorah.
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.”
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.