“The demolition contractors wanted to kill me because I kept finding things I wanted to keep,” said Lisa Switkin, a landscape architect with James Corner Field Operations. The firm has been tapped by developer Two Trees Management Company to design the park.
The salvage operation is now more important than ever, as Two Trees prepares to raze the majority of the factory buildings. And the salvation efforts may help assuage the anger of some neighborhood residents, who have long opposed the redevelopment of the site on the grounds of historical significance.
via Salvage operation at Domino Sugar factory tops $10M as developers look to rescue industrial artifacts – NY Daily News.
The Great Company has a great space!
The original wood flooring from 1906. The floors had been painted over several times during its century of use, so we had to sand-blast the floors then sand them over twice. Then we used three coats of water-based varnish to bring out its elegance. The sanding took three weeks (we just projected one week), and our exhausted contractor shared with us that in over 20 years of contract work, he had never worked with wood of such fine quality. It still amazes us as we step on these floors each day.
via An Industrial Los Angeles Workspace Creative Workspace Tour | Apartment Therapy.
Great article by WebUrbanizst on abandoned industrial buildings. Don’t miss it.
When it comes to Detroit, how can you choose just one standout abandonment? The city is, in and of itself, a jaw-dropping wonder of architectural decay. Once it lost its identity as a manufacturing mecca, Detroit also lost a large number of its residents, leaving block after block abandoned, with few signs of life in between. Once the fourth-largest city in the United States, Detroit is now filled with towering structures that have been left as they were when last used, often full of the ephemera of life. These include a number of high-rises – the most notable being Michigan Grand Terminal, pictured above with an overgrown lawn – and burned-out factories.
via 7 Abandoned Wonders of Commercial & Industrial Architecture (Page 1) | WebUrbanist.