Friday, May 06, 2005

Pullman Square Meal

I was working in Huntington today and took the opportunity to check out the progress of Pullman Square...

I must say I'm impressed. There's a lot more to be done, but it's looking good. Regular readers here know I'm interested in historic preservation. The photo above shows the "faux historic" part. It's dizneyfied [I mispelled that to stop Google ads from showing all ads related to you-know-what] historic architecture but who cares, it's a great place. These photos below come from actual historic buildings across the street which are part of the project, but are yet to be finished and occupied.

These buildings have been standing there for over 100 years, but for the last 50 or so they've looked like crap. Well meaning people just painted over the Victorian color schemes with a whitewash of single-color paint. It's simply amazing what a difference it makes to have the old crap cleaned off and genuine Victorian paint schemes applied. For more historic preservation stuff, see here and here.


Wabi-Sabi said...

Those look great. Pullman Square is really coming together.

I recommend checking out the Griffith & Feil Pharmacy in Kenova. It has a genuine soda fountain and is really a true bit of nostalgia.

They have restored it to its original glory and even have a cool toilet that features Thomas Crapper's original design. Like the one in the Godfather.

I usually don't recommend eateries based on the bathroom, but in this case I will make an exception. :)

Rick Lee said...

It's been a long time since I've been to Kenova. I'll be sure to check it out next time I'm down that way. I with the newspaper article had more (and bigger) pictures. I wonder why it is that online newspapers always have so few and so tiny photos?