Friday Find

Friday Find: “Pop-Up” Preservation!

Cincinnati Union Terminal


This “Friday Find” certainly popped up! The awareness of architectural preservation may now “Pop-Up” literally and figuratively. “Pop-Up” refers to a way artists, shop owners and awareness campaigns are reaching audiences. Vacant storefronts are now being turned into a temporary spot used to highlight specific products, issues or items. The locations are usually not advertised or expected creating an element of surprise for the viewer, hence the term pop-up.

IMG_0281-1024x682Yes on 8 Action Center in downtown Cincinnati is the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s first ever pop-up! The center’s goal is to spread awareness to save Cincinnati Union Terminal, one of cities most iconic landmarks. Issue 8 is an initiative that would help raise funds needed to restore Cincinnati Union Terminal, by adding one-quarter of one percent sales tax increase limited to five year to fund its restoration. The vote will take place on November 4th in Hamilton County and offer voters the chance to save the National Historic Landmark.

union-terminal-017The terminal was added to the National Treasure Program and The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list in 2014. The terminal opened in 1933 and marked a milestone for the city’s transportation, quickly becoming an iconic landmark. It is also widely regarded for its art-deco style. Due to water damage and improper upkeep it is slowly deteriorating. Through the collaboration of The National Trust and My Union Terminal Campaign the “Yes on Action 8 Center” popped up this October at and is located at 511 Walnut Street in downtown Cincinnati.

The center is not only unique due to the fact it’s a “Pop-Up” but was also designed to be very interactive. Viewers can learn about the landmark by viewing hanging photographs taken off of Instagram, read or post memories to the story wall, pledge votes and of course leave with “Yes on 8” swag. Within the first week of opening the center reached approximately 1,500 people and hopes to reach out to at least 8,000. IMG_0259-1024x682The center is open Monday-Friday from 11AM – 6PM. Learn more click here

Friday Find: Essex Survivor’s House!

  If you’ve driven up Orange Street on Nantucket than this house may look quite familiar!image3The history of 74 Orange Street is a true find! It may be hard to imagine from its current state, but in the late nineteenth-century Owen Chase (First  Mate and survivor of the Essex whaling ship) called 74 Orange Street home. After his journey on the Essex he returned to the island and wrote a narrative of his experience. This is noted to be the inspiration behind Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick.

Chase’s life has also been made famous in the book: In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex written by Nantucket resident, Nathanial Philbrick. Recently the book was turned into a film: In the Heart of Sea directed by Ron Howard and is set to be released, March 2015. Actor Chris Hemsworth (featured on the left) will be starring as First Mate Owen Chase. The film’s trailer can be viewed below.

image2Chase’s career officially came to an end around 1840 when he resided at his 74 Orange Street home. Towards the end of his life it has been noted that he reached a point of insanity and began hiding food in the attic of his home.

Today the historic property is passed by but often draws attention due to it’s state. The picture to the right features a recently restored handrail. The owner does appear to be slowly restoring it to the glory of it’s heyday.

You never know what you’ll find when discovering a house’s history. Today, a run-down historic Nantucket property but once home to Owen Chase, First Mate of the famous Essex whaling ship.

Friday Find: Hidden Treasures!


This week’s “Friday Find” features an actual find, a miniature children’s book and teacup! The items were discovered in the ceiling of a The Carlisle House Inn an eighteenth-century building located at 26 North Water Street.IMG_2343 Owner, Heather Sheldon hired a carpenter to work on the ceiling of the inn’s second floor suite. After uncovering the ceiling he discovered two small objects and this is when the buildings’ treasures were revealed! The photos below feature the two items, a small book titled: Katie and The Cup of Cold Water and a miniature teacup.

Every house has a story to tell and artifacts like these help to discover it. We are in the process of completing a House History for  26 North Water Street, The Carlisle House Inn. Once completed, these artifacts may have an owner’s name or even a date of when they’re from. You never know what your House History may reveal, discover yours today! Click Here

Friday Find: “Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!”

Hook & Ladder Company No. 8, a historic New York City landmark is most notably famous for its role in the movie “Ghostbusters”. The photo below features the fire station’s exterior, which may look familiar since it was used as the Ghostbusters’ headquarters in the 1984 and 1989 movies. Hook_and_Ladder_8_made_famous_by_the_film_Ghostbusters_is_located_in_lower_ManhattanIn 1904 the Hook & Ladder Company No. 8 moved to its new fire station located at the intersection of Varick and Moore Streets. The building was designed by Alexander H. Stevens and made from brick and limestone, with arched entrances for the fire trucks. The original building was double the size of what currently stands. In 1913 Varick Street was widened and the building either had to be relocated across the street or cut in half. Due to financial constraints the Fire Commissioner made the decision, the building would simply be cut in half and thus saved the building from demolition. The building was saved again in 2011 after being placed on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s list of 20 fire stations slated to close. The New York community responded with frustration and protests. Today Hook & Ladder Company No. 8 is still an active fire station and often visited by fans of the 1984 movie Ghostbusters.

Friday Find: Micro Lofts

micro loft outside

The nation’s oldest indoor shopping mall The Arcade was recently renovated into 48 micro-loft units. The historic building built in 1828 is located between 130 Westminster St and 65 Weybosset St in Providence, Rhode Island’s financial district. It was officially declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976 and added to the list on the National Register of Historic Spaces. The building features Greek revival columns, granite walls and an atrium with a skylight. It has been recognized as one of the best examples of Greek revival architecture in Rhode Island.

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(historic photo of “The Arcade” and its interior shops provided by Rhode Island Collection)

Until its recent renovation the building housed retail shops. Due to the past economic recession many nearby offices in Providences financial district became vacant, leading to little economic income for the shop owners and eventually forcing the building to close. The building’s fate was feared and in 2009 added to Providence Preservation Society’s “10 Most Endangered Building List”. Evan Granoff, owner of The Arcade did not release his plans for the building upon its closure, which lead many to question the building’s fate.

In 2012 Granoff presented his plans to turn the building into modern micro-lofts with a $7 million dollar budget and goal of completion by the fall of 2013. Granoff worked with architect J. Michael Abott to change the second and third floors into 48 micro-loft units and maintained the first floor as a retail shop area. The building was completed in the fall of 2014 and ended up costing a total of $10 million dollars. Granoff’s vision was to target the large market of college students and young professionals in the area, who could benefit from affordable housing. The city of Providence, happy the historic building was saved, reduced the buildings property tax for approximately a decade. This allowed Granoff the ability to charge less for rental space.

micro loftToday, with a wait-list of 4,000+ The Arcade houses 48 micro-loft units with rents starting at $550 per month. Of these units 46 are one-bedroom and start at 225 sq feet. Each unit comes with a built in bed, full bathroom and shower, dishwasher, microwave, half-size fridge and access to shared storage, laundry and a common area. The units due lack a stove, however the retail floor below offers quick access to cafes and coffee shops.

This historical building was one of the first of its kind, an indoor shopping center housing several stores in one building. Ironically it is now one of the first to house several micro-lofts. The design has attracted attention not only from preservationist but also museums. It has been award by Grow Smart Rhode Island the 2014 Outstanding Smart Growth Award, featured in an exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York and also awarded a 2014 Rhody Award. The Arcade is a perfect example of how we can live in our past. Preserving does not mean taking away modern conveniences, which the micro-lofts have revealed.

The video below features an interview with owner and developer Evan Granoff

Friday Find: Steve Carell’s General Store

77181_152892948089852_8314404_nWelcome to the first post of a new series titled “Friday Find”. The weekly posts will feature unique preservation facts, people, interviews, news and more! You don’t have to be a preservation buff to find these posts interesting! To kick-off the series the first post features an award winning comedian and actor who is most notably known for the NBC series The Office: Steve Carell. Have we sparked your interest yet? What you probably didn’t know about Carell is he, along with his sister-in-law Tish Vivado, has been the owner of Marshfield Hills General Store since 2009. No, this is not your ordinary chain store but rather a 790-square-foot general store that was built in 1853. Carell, who summers in Marshfield Hills, MA saw the opportunity to purchase the store and as quoted, “preserve a little piece of history.” Today, the store is run by Tish Vivado along with nine other employees and it has helped maintain a sense of community for the small town of Marshfield Hills, MA.

After purchasing the store Greg Carell (Steve Carell’s brother) was put in place to supervise the buildings’ restoration. Carell felt preserving the nostalgic business was important and this included proper architectural preservation. We applaud him for making the goal of the NPT, “to preserve our architectural heritage for present and future generations to enjoy.” a reality for another small Massachusetts town. As he was quoted on, “Places like the Marshfield Hills General Store represent a gathering place, and give people a sense of community. These spots are growing more and more scarce. I hope to keep this particular one alive and well”, which is exactly what he has done. The store located at 165 Prospect Street, Marshfield Hills MA is open seven days a week and carries a variety of items including: penny candy, beer/wine, toys, jewelry, groceries, coffee and muffins, and of course your local newspapers. If you happen to be in Marshfield Hills, MA stop in, you may even had the chance to see Carell himself who is known to make appearances from time to time!  Check back next week for the next “Friday Find” you never know what you may learn!