historic restoration

US-MEXICO BORDER:  A binational bike trailI?

While Donald Trump talks of a border wall, local officials in Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico work on identifying opportunities to cooperate, as reported by Ana Arana in Citiscope (26 August 2016).

Despite the harsh rhetoric of the U.S. presidential campaign, officials in the two sister cities are identifying common problems and opportunities and looking for ways to cooperate. Ibarra’s rail-trail is just one example. From fighting crime to promoting economic development to combating Zika virus, local officials in these two cities increasingly see their fates tied together.

On the U. S. side, the 8-mile (13-kilometer) Linear Park follows the path of an abandoned rail line before ending in a pleasant green space in Brownsville’s revitalized downtown. The park anchors a cultural district that includes an art museum, restored historic buildings and a zoo. On weekends, it’s the gathering area for the local farmer’s market.

The planning director of Matamoros, Mauricio Ibarra, thinks the Mexican city could do something similar to connect the two border towns. A few years ago, Union Pacific railroad relocated a route that had crossed over the B&M Bridge, abandoning tracks on both sides of the border. Ibarra wants to turn the tracks and a switching yard on the Mexico side into a bike trail and park that would anchor Matamoros’ own cultural district of museums, music schools and theater spaces.

One day last month, Ibarra visited with Ruth Osuna, Brownsville’s assistant city manager in charge of downtown revitalization. Perusing an aerial map on Google Earth, they noted how their two urban renewal projects practically touch each other — despite the border. “Their project ends where ours begins,” said Osuna.

“Everybody is trying to separate us,” she continued.  “But we keep coming together.”

Read the full story by ANA ARANA in Citiscope (26 August 2016)

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.

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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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IN 2012, HISTORICAL CONCEPTS collaborated with Southern Living magazine and the town of Senoia, Georgia to design the magazine’s first historic renovation Idea House. The project included the relocation and transformation of a circa 1830 home into a charming, modern farmhouse. Multiple renovations by past generations had masked the historic character, and the restoration peeled away those changes; salvaging what remained of the original materials, retaining heart pine floors and hand planed wall boards. The design team then added to the home, remaining sympathetic to the initial style and massing. The resulting design marries simplicity and charm with technology and convenience, updating the home for the twenty-first century while staying true to the home’s architectural heritage and rural roots.

(via Historical Concepts | Homes | Residences & Retreats | Farmhouse Revival)

The Dream (Round 2)

Along with my secret dream to move to the British countryside, I also have a dream to own and renovate a French chateau. An Australian couple purchased the 94 room Chateau de Gudanes with the intent to restore the historic property to its former glory. 

The chateau was designed by Parisian architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, famous for his neoclassical architectural symmetry including Petit Trianon and Place de la Concorde. 

Can you imagine the possibility of such a large and historic building? I would sell my future first born child just to get my hands on that property!


Hotel Monaco

Set in a stunningly restored historic building in Philadelphia’s Old City, Hotel Monaco sports eclectic designer interiors, a steakhouse focused on locally sourced produce, and a spectacular rooftop lounge envisioned by renowned Los Angeles designer Gulla Jonsdottir.

Lots of references to world travelers as well as nods to Philly’s rich past and culture can be seen throughout the hotel’s globally inspired rooms. Their decor is a bold, colorful mix of period furnishings, funky antiques, and geometrically patterned wallpapers, while amenities include work areas, premium bedding, and luxury toiletries.

The lavish suites raise the bar with deep vintage soaking tubs, large workspaces, and scenic views of Independence Historic National Park. Photos: Cris Molina, Paul Gelsobello.


An aerial view of Albany, New York with its Union Station and train tracks in the center of the image, circa 1950.  Opened in 1900 it reached its usage peak during WWII, receiving 121 trains a day.  Passenger service was discontinued in 1968, and the building was restored and repurposed in 1986 as an office building.  During this reconstruction a bottle was discovered hanging on a nail behind a plaster wall ornament; inside was a note dated August 12, 1900. Signed by “AA Johnsen. Foreman,” the note mentioned the names of the workers and companies involved in the original construction. It listed the workers’ wages as 45 cents per hour.  Currently train passengers to Albany use a nondescript station constructed across the Hudson River in Rensselaer NY.  Photo was a member submission to a New York Central Railroad fan page on facebook.

El Capitan Theater; Historic restoration of Disney owned Cultural Landmark building in Hollywood - Masonic Temple - renovated to stage TV show and special events by Disney. Restoration work completed by Juan O Sequeira and J Ronald Reed of Salas Enterprise, dba Restoration Studio. (via Juan Sequeira - Google)

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Complete exterior restoration job. This is a beautiful historic home located on the corner of front and meeting street in historic down town Georgetown, SC. The crew at Clean Image washed, scraped, sanded, and sealed the building before applying a drop of paint. Prep is key in any quality painting project. We are proud to be a part of this project. @cleanimagepw


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)


The Press Building on Chenango Street in Binghamton is situated just down the street from the Stone Opera House, and is nearing the completion of its renovation and reopening as The Printing House, an off-campus student housing complex. 

One of the tallest buildings in the city, it was built in 1904 as headquarters for the Binghamton Press newspaper.  Subsequently the Press merged and evolved into today’s Press Sun-Bulletin and the building transitioned into an office building.  In 2010 firefighters saved the Press Building being destroyed by a major blaze in a neighboring building, but tremendous water damage resulted. 

In less than 90 days the building will again be occupied, and the influx of students can only spur economic development in the surrounding area, where beautiful historic buildings lay vacant or underutilized.  Maybe the Stone Opera House, only three buildings away, will finally see improvement.

The photos above were taken as a crane was lifting building materials to an upper floor, on May 16, 2016.  The bust of Mercury over the door (seen in the third photo) is mentioned in this historical article from 2007 when the Press Building was anticipating a different type of rebirth.

A Look at Chicago Union Station's Ambitious Restoration and Redevelopment Plans
On Tuesday the Metropolitan Planning Council hosted a roundtable discussion regarding the future of Chicago's Union Station. The presentation not only focused on efforts to bolster passenger capacity, widen platforms, and improve pedestrian flow, it also highlighted a master plan for transforming the historic 1925 station into a mixed-use destination for both travelers and non-travelers alike.

Big doings in Chicago, and an encouraging example for other cities to consider.

A sneak peek at Chicago Union Station’s new passenger lounge
The new 13,500-square-foot Metropolitan Lounge is part of a larger $60 million initiative to modernize the historic 1925 Beaux Arts civic structure and respond to surging rail ridership.
By Jay Koziarz

“On Monday, a brand new club for Amtrak passengers ticketed in Sleeping cars and Business class will officially open at Chicago’s Union Station. Dubbed the Metropolitan Lounge, the 13,500-square-foot facility is twice the size of the previous lounge and triples the number passengers it can serve. The two-story space features new street access to the taxi stand on Canal and a glassy staircase that allows natural light to also infiltrate the lower level. The Metropolitan Lounge also includes a new elevator and bathrooms with shower facilities — a feature that has been absent from the station for a number of years.”

More at the link, with plenty of photos.


By Jean Marie Carey

Architect Luigi Cagnola died 14 August 1833 in Como. Born in Milan in 1762, Cagnola was a prodigy who attended Collegio Pio Clementino in Rome as a teenager and earned a law degree from the University of Padua by the time he was 20 years old. Cagnola had a particular interest in the restoration of historic buildings, carefully conforming his repairs to the style of the original architecture.

Milan’s first Arco della Pace (1806) near Porta Orientale was temporary, erected by Cagnola to celebrate the marriage of the Viceroy Eugène de Beauharnais to Amalia of Bavaria. It was so admired that it was rebuilt in marble on the Strada del Sempione in 1807. Several of Cagnola’s most successful works were produced in the last 20 years of his life, including the Campanile at Urgnano and his own villa at Inverigo, near Como.

Reference: Gianni Mezzanotte. “Cagnola, Luigi.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T012996>.

Arco della Pace, Milan, 1807. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Sant'Ambrogio Basilica, Milan. Originating in the15th century, the basilica was restored in 1812 by Cagnola. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Porta Ticinese, Milan, dating from the 12th Century; restored by Cagnola c. 1810. Photo from Lombardia Cultural Heritage Foundation.

Neoclassical temple at Giardini della Guastalla, Milan. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Benedetto Cacciatori, Monument to Luigi Cagnola, Palace of Brera, Milan.  Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Campanile at Urgnano, c. 1825. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Further Reading: Michela Rossi, Sylvie Duvernoy, and Giampiero Mele. Milano. Maths in the City: A Mathematical Tour of Milanese Architecture. Rimini: Maggioli, 2012. 

Jack Basehart and Ralph Toledano. Italian Splendor: Castles, Palaces, and Villas. New York: Rizzoli, 1990 (Reissued 2015).

Restoration of Beyazit Public Library by Tabanlioglu Architects.
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Master plan for Buffalo Central Terminal includes townhouses in surrounding neighborhood
Harry Stinson’s master plan for Buffalo’s Central Terminal is coming further into focus with the Toronto developer’s announcement Tuesday that he also wants to build 400 to 500 townhouses in the neighborhood surrounding the long-vacant East Side train station. The housing component, when combined with his proposed renovation of the Central Terminal, will create a neighborhood, Stinson said. The two go hand in hand, he said. Proceeds from the sale of the townhouses will be invested into renovation of the terminal. When coupled like that, he said, the plan makes economic sense. “This needs to be two-pronged,” the developer said.

More details emerging as to Mr Stinson’s vision for BCT and its environs.  I’m sure the naysayers will start circling these plans like vultures but I’ve seen kaput neighborhoods elsewhere revived by big plans and the attractiveness of a ground floor opportunity in real estate.  Since Stinson and his plans have received the blessing of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation it’s probably safe to say that historic aspects of the building will be preserved.  In any case I can only wish the plans–whatever they are–good luck, since it’s probably the historic terminal’s last chance.

anonymous asked:

It can't be too anti-imperialism since they conquered Cambodia

“conquered cambodia” are… are you serious

yeah they fucking invaded cambodia… after cambodia’s government under pol pot slaughtered 1/3ds of its own population and provked war with various attempts to invade vietnam to restore the “historical” state of the Khmer Mekong Delta. it wasn’t an “invasion”, it was a morally AND legally justified reprisal