Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Brave Little Fireplace, Little Triumphal Arch

They are demolishing this house by hand, salvaging the brick I think.

The fireplace abides. They are saving it or saving it 'til last.

So when you dive east on University in the rainy gloom of the last few days, you see this white triumphal arch poking up from the brown rubble.

It's uncanny.

Is it worth designng the new house around the old chimney and fireplace?

Until it's gone or enclosed it's an intriguing sight.

I'm glad I stopped to look.

This picture shows the details well but not the actual color.

They'll get back to work soon.



  1. They should most definitely design around it! As for the showhouse, here is my post on it: http://www.fromtherightbank.com/2013/01/showhouse-project/
    Email me if you're free next Thursday and I'll give you details about the press preview! It would be good to see you there!

  2. One of the things that I loved about some of the historic areas in Washington, DC...they gave developers such a great tax break if they kept a building's facade that it was extremely rare that a developer ever tore down facades. They might remove everything else--and I mean everything--but the facade was kept intact. Those parts of the city retain their charm AND businesses get all the modern conveniences. It was a win-win in many situations. I love it when brick is repurposed, as well. For example, the Houston's Restaurant on Peachtree Street was built from bricks from the Loews Grand where Gone With the Wind premiered. Wish we saw more of that.

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