historic restoration

Castle-like Detroit mansion near new Red Wings arena sees start of renovation
Work has begun on the James Scott Mansion, which has been vacant for over 40 years, Friday afternoon as workers cleared wood and debris from the 139-year-old building, March 18, 2016. The castle-like mansion was built in 1877 on Peterboro St. between Woodward Ave. and Cass Ave by James Scott. The wealthy real estate heir, who was a bit of a showoff, also funded the construction of the Scott Fountain on Belle Isle.

New Vintage Map Restoration: 1931 Birds-Eye Map of Berlin, Germany

A lot of work went into cleaning this beautiful map up – dirt, fold lines, age spots and errant ink all had to be removed – but it was definitely worth it. This is already one of my very favourite map restoration projects, and I invite you to head on over to my design blog to check out further details.

Project Page | Prints from $28 | Zoomable Preview of Map

Where should Buffalo's modern train station be located? - The Buffalo News
The best place for trains to pick up and drop off passengers in Buffalo has challenged planners since the first railroad reached the frontier village back in 1832. Now similar questions are resurfacing with the temporary closure of Amtrak's downtown Buffalo station on Exchange Street in September following the collapse of its ceiling.

The debate continues, a public forum was conducted earlier this evening to weigh popular opinion.  Meanwhile a resolution drafted by Fillmore Councilman Dave Franczyk was passed by the full Common Council yesterday–its message:  that Central Terminal should be a train station.


Five views of the bus terminal in Binghamton, New York showing (more or less) the before, during, and after of its restoration.  Top view taken circa 1992 (my photo); second view taken August 2007 (photographer unknown); third view taken July 29, 2009 from the Flickr page of Robert Hoover;  fourth view taken May 8, 2010 (my photo) and the bottom view as taken December 11, 2010 (my photo).  Notice in the second photo how everything behind the facade was demolished.  In fact, the “Greyhound” lettering and much of the right side of the facade was removed in the process.  At the time I thought the worst of the whole project’s prospects.  Within months, however, the facade was intact again and the project had moved forward surprisingly well.

“Streamline Moderne is the technical term describing the building’s architectural style, a form of Art Deco design evident in many Greyhound bus terminals built between 1937 and the mid 1940’s.  Intended to depict aerodynamics and a sense of speed, the design is attributed to Louisville architect William S. Arrasmith, who designed over sixty moderne Greyhound terminals in his career, of which only a half-dozen exist today.” (source)

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The Company House - Restored 1800’s Cabin in Atlanta, Idaho

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Built in the late 1800’s, it’s one of many historic cabins used to house students at The Atlanta School, which offers workshops in small-scale architecture and historical restoration. ” - Cabin Porn

via The Company House in Atlanta, Idaho. Photo submitted to Cabin Porn by Rachel Reichert.

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