Posts tagged historic preservation
Posts tagged historic preservation
State Theater, Napier, New Zealand
Photo by Warren Buckland, Hawke’s Bay Today
From a news article on the major renovation of the State Theater in one of the world’s Deco architectural capitals, Napier, NZ:
Napier’s State Theatre building is having a major makeover into a new cafe and college.
The rear and one roadside wall of the building, which stands at the corner of Dickens and Dalton streets, have already come down and the interior has been gutted.
But Art Deco enthusiasts need not worry about losing another slice of history. The corner frontage, with its patterned ridges and arched windows, will remain.
The theatre is listed with Heritage New Zealand and is on the Napier City Council database of heritage buildings.
Wallace Development manager Mike Walker said the two-storey frontage of the 80-year-old building would be earthquake-strengthened* to take it up to 67 per cent of the building code, while the rear section would be a new level.
* Worth noting that the reason Napier has so much Deco is that a large portion of it was destroyed in an earthquake in the early 1930s. So earthquake-proofing makes sense.
Civic Building, Phoenix, Arizona
From a news editorial posted by AZCentral:
Good fortune appears to have played an unusually big part in the effort to preserve the magnificent Art Deco-style State Fair Civic Building at the state fairgrounds.
It now appears that someone may have tried knocking down one of the last remaining Art Deco Depression-era buildings in the Valley while no one was looking…
…The Civic Building had been scheduled for demolition last week until preservationists got lucky and discovered, almost literally at the eleventh hour, that the building was scheduled for demolition. They persuaded a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to issue a stay of execution long enough to hold a hearing.
Broadway Antique Market, Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Irina Hynes
Great example of 1930s retail.
From a write-up of BAM:
Originally built by the Pakan family in 1939 to run their furniture business, this building would bounce from purpose to purpose— An auto dealership, a wig manufacturer (“One Touch of Glamour” :), an art gallery and finally, an upholsterer.
Because of its spectacular terra cotta façade and stunning Art Deco features, the building was on the city’s endangered list, but did not have landmark status. Slated to be demolished and replaced by a Blockbuster Video (remember them?) the former owner was heartbroken by the deal.
Enter Jeff & Danny. Promising to bring the structure back to its former glory, they matched the offer on the table and the owner rejected Blockbuster’s plans. An architectural tragedy had been averted and a vintage rebirth was about to take it’s place.
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.