Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The City that Fades Away II

This is another entry into Jeff Barry´s series titled The City that Fades Away.

Okay, so I may be getting carried away with this but I wanted to show the other side of the neighborhood. This is an example of what is going on over here. This used to be a home and it was rehabbed into a boutique shoe store. This is on El Salvador (4600 block between Malabia and Armenia).
The dark splotches above the awning are due to humidity. This is most likely the original facade of a home that was built around 1900. This store owner left the facade untouched.

Next to this store is what used to be a home. This was a chalet style home so no loss there to the neighborhood. I thought it was a pretty good idea to have the construction site covered with a wooden wall in the shape of a house. If you click on the pictures you will get a slightly bigger image to look at. Also notice that in the street, right in front of the shoe store, a sink hole is developing. I wonder when they will get around to fixing that?

Right along this same block you have Cluny and Mott. Around the corner you have Spell Cafe and so many more restaurants that I don´t want to name them all.


SFO said...

Frank –

What kind of shape was your house in when you bought it? You mentioned that it was built in the 1880s so presumably it had been renovated (maybe several times). Did you undertake a major renovation before you moved in?


Unknown said...

Hi John,

The house had gone through several transformations from Bakery, to car shop, to art gallery, etc.

It was pretty much rehabbed already. I only added some more practical rooms to what could be described as a large loft.