I'm participating in Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch. Thanks to Susan!
It's being renovated for new tenants. In the process they are covering the classical decorative details c. 1920.
I'll be happy when it's occupied again. It was a Wolf Camera most recently but it's been vacant for a while, a hole in a favorite walking street.
But I'm very surprised that they are covering up the decorative details.
I thought designers treasured these things and showed them off.
They don't detail like this anymore except in mansions.
There are doing a nice job of protecting it as far as I can see.
The details didn't shout. You might have "seen" this as you walked by, but probably not.
Did they look interesting enough to study, sketch, or take a picture?
I remember something being there, but not exactly what.
It looks poignant now, framed in 2x4's.
So I thought I'd show you while I could.
I wish I'd been there the day before.
Few will remember it...even tomorrow.
It will still be there though.
As long as it stays dry and nobody knocks a hole in it - not knowing it's there...
...it should be a great rediscovery one day. "
They'll say, "Can you believe somebody covered this up?"
They'll appreciate how the carpenters tried to protect it.
So I don't think it's tragic. They left everything right where it was.
But I'm surprised.
Every owner and designer would make their own choices against time and budget. We might yet love the finished project or at least respect it.
But my first instinct would have been to let the old parts show.
Here are Key Lime Pie and Surin of Thailand just down the street. They left things alone for now.
I guess it depends on the look you are going for.
What do you think?
Thanks to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.
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