I want you to look at an example of an ordinary commercial building, not unlike some we have on Howard Steet. I encourage you to see the buildings I photographed with this example of a renovated commercial building in mind.
According to Moss: Architecture: Design: Green, whose architectural firm did the work, this former repair shop has been transformed into a photographic studio. New windows and cleaning of the Chicago Common Brick found inside helped upgrade the space’s look and feel, without scrapping its valuable assets of brick and foundation. The concrete floors and wooden rafters were attended to.
Here is the building Charles Killebrew used as his office. At his death, the building was left to his daughter and is now for sale. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to further preserve and repurpose this building as one of the pieces of the puzzle along Howard Street?
The fabulous Almond’s ghost sign is a historic nod to the past. How wonderful to have it as part of the Howard Street dream. Think of Adaptive Reuse when reimagining Howard Street. Zoning B4 allows mixed usage. The dream is about giving an existing building, home or venue a new purpose, or maintaining the same purpose while preserving, rebuilding, enhancing or maintaining elements of the building. When viewed one at a time the dream seems more manageable. We could form a Howard Street Concerned Citizens group, and put some wind under the sails of this dream. Teams of two could select a building, research the facts, and present them, and, and, and…..
Historic preservation clearly does much more than preserve bricks and mortar. It recognizes that our built history connects us in tangible ways with our past and provides context for the places we occupy and the world we live in. It fuses art with craftsmanship, capacity for modern utility with embodied energy, and progressive ideas for economic revitalization with traditional authenticity. Historic preservation is at the same time wonderfully egalitarian; all socioeconomic classes in every corner of the nation have successfully utilized its principles to protect their heritage and revitalize their communities.
-Craig Potts, Executive Director of the Kentucky Heritage Council and State Historic Preservation Officer