Posts Tagged ‘ historic preservation ’

The Brothel Five Levels Below the Street

The Brothel Five Levels Below the Street

The old Central Depot, which sat across across Ludlow Plaza from Old City Hall from 1896 until its demolition in 1968, was a wonderful, massive gothic structure, covered in ornament and decoration which one doesn’t find much in today’s construction. It certainly isn’t found in its replacement, the City Centre Square building, a long rectangular…

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Will The City’s Modern Architecture Masterpieces Be Destroyed?

Will The City’s Modern Architecture Masterpieces Be Destroyed?

The start of the City’s modern preservation movement can be traced back to one date: August 19th, 1959. That’s the date that demolition started on Davis Hall, the historic structure that stood in the center of the City for more than a century.  With its massive marble columns, soaring vestibule and granite interior the building…

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Carpe’s Marina and the Underground Railroad

Carpe’s Marina and the Underground Railroad

For a city that has hosted kings, presidents and many other world leaders, a visit from a cabinet secretary in an outgoing administration might seem like small potatoes. But Idaho’s Dirk Kempthorne, the current United States Secretary of the Interior, was here recently for a very special reason: to officially establish Carpe’s Marina as our…

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Rare City Documents Burned

Rare City Documents Burned

Fire Commissioner Gordon ‘Chick’ Hall reports that an electrical fire in the 4th Floor Records Room at Old City Hall early Saturday morning destroyed some of the city’s most irreplaceable historical treasures. The blaze was discovered by third-shift security guard Mona Chellis at approximately 2:45 am. Chellis believes the fire started some time around 2:30…

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Save the Legacy Diner (Maybe)

Save the Legacy Diner (Maybe)

Business is decidedly not booming Friday night at the Legacy. Even in mid-January, a forlorn plastic Christmas tree droops at one end of the establishment’s chipped, unvarnished wood bar, and a faded paper Santa Claus face stares through an unwashed window out onto an empty stretch of S. Kildare Ave. In the weak glow given…

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