Comment 75947

By Shempatolla (registered) - website | Posted April 14, 2012 at 17:50:41

Nice job Matt.

I think one of the biggest factors in making it more feasible to do such restorations lie in (as you mentioned) ENFORCING PROPERTY STANDARDS and taking if necessary punitive action against property owners who let their buildings decay to the point where they fall down and are replaced by ANOTHER VRANICH PARKING LOT. The Tivoli (Sniderman), The Century, are buildings that come to mind that in no way should have been allowed to fall into such disrepair.

Having a business that does a lot of work on century buildings (mostly residential) I am aware of the challenges that can occur in trying to meld 100 plus year old technology and materials with new building methods, standards and codes. The key lay in proper maintenance. Unfortunately there are occassions when despite the will and funding, some buildings are beyond salvage. It's important we don't let them get to that point.

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