Posts tagged historic preservation
Posts tagged historic preservation
Details, Medic Building, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Debbie
External details from an endangered building.
The Medic Building, on Preservation Chicago’s new list of most endangered buildings. “The Medic building, situated at the corner of Melrose and Ashland, is an extremely intact example of a Chicago building with art deco detailing. This intersection, in conjunction with Belmont and Ashland, was an important commercial hub when the building was constructed in 1929.” M.F. Strauch, architect.
Los Angeles, California
via NBC LA
It doesn’t look like much but hopefully it will after the renovation & conversation.
From local news:
Los Angeles, you might have noticed, if you’ve stood on any street, happens to be a city of buildings.
Oh, we have our Griffith Park and our ocean and our hills, true true, but postcards typically depict our skyscrapers, our movie studios, the funky marquees and glittery restaurants that dot our structure-packed map.
It can be hard for a single building to build enthusiasm, in short.
But the little gem that sits at the southwest corner of Highland Avenue and Willoughby Avenue, just north of Melrose Avenue, has long captured the notice of residents, passersby, location scouts, and Art Deco enthusiasts.
That notice is sure to grow, now that a drive-through Starbucks is headed its way, says Curbed LA.
T&G Building, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Photo from a news report on a conversation of a Deco building in Geelong, southeast Australia.
A prominent art deco building in Geelong will be turned into student accommodation for Deakin University.
The T&G building on the corner of Ryrie and Moorabool Streets will house 33 units for university students.
The $8.1 million project was jointly funded by the university and the state and federal governments…
…Premier Denis Napthine said he used to visit a dentist called Dr Blood in the T&G building in the 1960s when he was at school in Geelong…
…He said there would be strong measures in place to secure the heritage value of the building.
Majestic Cinema, Darlington, England
Photo by Andy Lamb, The Northern Voice
Movie theater restoration in northern England.
From the article:
A FORMER Majestic cinema is starting to look exactly that again after months of refurbishment have revealed its stunning art-deco facade.
The 1930s building, in Darlington, has been shrouded in cladding and metal girders since becoming an Odeon cinema in the 1940s and a snooker club in the 80s.
Article in NextCity on how historic preservation and growth can work TOGETHER. -Wendy
"American preservationists, too, have become so accustomed to pushing for the enforcement of preservation laws that they often are stereotyped as gatekeepers of nostalgia. Those who fought New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan for upzoning part of Midtown Manhattan were demonized as anti-development. In truth, they were trying to protect the existing development. Polyphonic streetscapes of buildings of varying heights, styles and forms blended with smart new design attract people. Modern monoliths, embodied by St. Louis’ old Pruitt-Igoe (at worst) or Paris’ La Defense (at best), repel rather than attract people."
The 26-story Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Building in San Francisco, an Art Deco landmark, has just undergone a complete renovation and is looking fabulous. From a Curbed article back in March:
The Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Building at 140 New Montgomery was one of San Francisco’s first high-rises and was the tallest building in the city at 26 stories upon its completion in 1925. Purchased by developer Wilson Meany in 2007, the building has now been updated and converted into a modern office tower with 280,000 square feet. Tech tenants such as Yelp and Lumosity are set to move into the space, which keeps much of its stunning Art Deco character, especially in the striking lobby. Renovation work cost $60 million and included the installation of 1,300 new windows, a seismic retrofit, the creation of a sculpture garden and outdoor restaurant space and the installation of new green technology to reduce energy usage.
Photo from a Scouting NY explore of the once-grand Paramount Theatre in Staten Island, NYC. The theater has been shuttered for 25 years now. Some parts of it have deteriorated a great deal, while other elements still retain their elegance.
Whenever I drive down Bay Street in Staten Island……I always wonder about the boarded-up movie theater between Union and Prospect.
Shuttered for over 25 years, this was once the art deco Paramount Theatre, one of Staten Island’s grandest movie theaters. Built on the site of Cornelius Vanderbilt’s childhood farmhouse, the Paramount opened in October, 1930, with seating for up to 2,300.
Like most of New York’s once great movie palaces, The Paramount eventually succumbed to changing times and closed in 1977. It later reopened as a nightclub, and then an entertainment venue. Among the bands that played the former Paramount were The Ramones, Metallica (opening for Venom), the Dead Kennedys, and the B-52s. The Paramount finally closed for good in the late 1980s, and has been locked up ever since.
For the longest time, I’ve wondered if anything remains of the former theater inside. Then, completely by chance, I happened to get in touch with the owner, and he agreed to a rare tour. Last weekend, I drove out to Staten Island to visit the Paramount.
Tivoli Theatre, Creston, British Columbia, Canada
Quick Description: If anyone built a theatre in the 1930s or 1940s that wasn’t in the art deco style, it would be a rarity.
Long Description: The Tivoli Theatre opened in Creston in 1945 and has managed to beat the odds by staying open to this day. Still screening first run movies, it is presently owned by Mr. G. Anderson. With a seating capacity of 340 moviegoers and a single screen, this vintage theatre is still in wonderful shape, having been restored/refurbished/repainted in the not too distant past, as in about 10 years ago.
Style: Art Deco
Structure Type: Culture/Entertainment
Date Built: 1945
Transport for London Headquarters, London, England
Photo by Nigel Howard, The Standard
Update on a story out of London I shared a few weeks ago:
Transport for London bosses have thrown out plans to transform their TfL’s Art Deco headquarters into a five star hotel employing dozens of people in favour of selling it off for luxury flats.
Details of the hotel, homes, office and theatre proposal leaked to the Standard reveal that the transport body was approached by Bangkok based hotel group Dusit Thani earlier this year about the “sensitive renovation” of the Grade I listed 55 Broadway building above St James’s Park station.
The scheme, which was also shown to Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture Munira Mirza, centred around a a 190 room hotel aimed at “high end Asian business and tourist visitors.”
Palo Alto Hospital, Palo Alto, California
Photo by Bruce Damonte
Example of a Deco hospital, brought back to life and its original fabulousness. From this article:
No major medical breakthroughs happened at the original Palo Alto Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., and no scientific discoveries were made there. But the hospital, which treated thousands of patients in the decades after it opened in 1931, holds one important distinction: it’s a stunning example of pre-World War II hospital architecture. And the Art Deco building recently returned to its original glory after an extensive restoration.