Eyesore or Monument? Preservationists Fight to Save a Grain Elevator in Buffalo

The current owner of the Great Northern has been pushing to demolish the building — possibly the last grain elevator of its type in the world.

#archer-daniels-midland-co, #architecture, #buffalo-ny, #demolition, #elevators-and-escalators, #factories-and-manufacturing, #grain, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #restoration-and-renovation

What Designers Have Been Doing at Home During the Pandemic

Here’s what it looks like when the professionals take on D.I.Y. projects. (Don’t feel bad if they put yours to shame.)

#architecture, #design, #do-it-yourself, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

You Can Still Own a Caravaggio, but It Comes With a House (and a Hefty Price)

A much anticipated auction for a $500 million villa in Rome that boasts a Caravaggio ceiling fresco failed to get any offers.

#art, #auctions, #barbieri-giovanni-francesco-guercino, #caravaggio, #italy, #restoration-and-renovation, #rome-italy

Custom 1951 Mercury Sells at Auction for $1.95 Million

The Hirohata Merc, a prime example of the custom car scene that blossomed in midcentury Southern California, notched two records in its sale.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #barris-george-1925-2015, #hirohata-masato-bob-d-1981, #mecum-auctions, #restoration-and-renovation

They Remodeled Before Covid. Here’s What They Regret Now.

The live-work space in Jersey City, N.J., should have been ideal for lockdown. But hindsight born of a pandemic taught them a few things.

#content-type-personal-profile, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

A Flea-Infested Former Convent: How Could They Resist?

The 1926 building owned by the Catholic Church looked as if it hadn’t been updated in decades. One Dallas family was charmed.

#dallas-tex, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

A Custom Mercury, With a Batmobile in Its Family Tree, Heads to Auction

The “Hirohata Merc,” commissioned in 1952 and one of the most famous custom cars of its era, is up for sale for the first time in over 60 years.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #auctions, #barris-george-1922-2016, #hirohata-masato-bob-d-1981, #mecum-auctions, #mercury-division-of-ford-motor-co, #restoration-and-renovation

Reign of Coney Island’s ‘Mayor’ Ends in a Sideshow by the Sea

Dick Zigun, who spent decades restoring the Brooklyn enclave to its carnivalesque glory, is forced out of the organization he helped create.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #barnum-p-t, #circuses, #coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #coney-island-mermaid-parade, #coney-island-museum, #coney-island-usa, #restoration-and-renovation, #theater, #zigun-dick-d

How to Design a Home Gym That You’ll Actually Use

As the pandemic rages on, the safest place to work out is at home. Here’s how to create a personal gym you’ll want to spend time in.

#content-type-service, #exercise, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

As the Mayor Promised Millions for New Monuments, Old Ones Crumbled

Without dedicated funding for conservation, many of New York City’s public memorials and artworks are decaying from neglect.

#art, #battery-park-city-authority, #bogart-michele-h, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #housing-authority-nyc, #infrastructure-public-works, #mccray-chirlane, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-york-city, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #puryear-martin, #restoration-and-renovation, #riverside-park-manhattan-ny, #riverside-park-conservancy, #sculpture

From a Burger King to a Concert Hall, With Help From Frank Gehry

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s ambitious new home for its youth orchestra is the latest sign of the changing fortunes of Inglewood.

#acoustics, #architecture, #beckmen-judith-and-thomas-l-yola-center, #california, #classical-music, #disney-walt-concert-hall, #dudamel-gustavo, #el-sistema, #gehry-frank, #inglewood-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-philharmonic, #restoration-and-renovation, #smith-chad-music-executive, #stadiums-and-arenas

Sardi’s Is Back After 648 Days, Its Fortunes Tied to Broadway

The caricatures are back up. But many shows are canceling performances just as Sardi’s reopens, a hurdle for a restaurant catering to the theater crowd.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #klimavicius-max, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #restaurants, #restoration-and-renovation, #sardi-vincent-sr, #sardis-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #schumacher-thomas, #shubert-organization, #theater, #theaters-buildings, #wankel-robert-e

These Churches Have Been Closed, but Their Artifacts Live On

In a warehouse on Staten Island, the Archdiocese of New York stores altars, statuary and other relics that can be reused in churches around the world.

#altars-and-pews, #archdiocese-of-new-york, #churches-buildings, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #roman-catholic-church, #stained-glass, #staten-island-nyc

A Savannah Home Melds Georgian Architecture With ’60s Flair

More than 50 years after their completion, the interiors of one couple’s august house remain a riot of century-clashing design.

#architecture, #design, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #holiday-issue-2021, #restoration-and-renovation, #savannah-ga, #van-dusen-ellen

Money Found by Plumber at Joel Osteen’s Church Is Tied to 2014 Burglary, Police Say

The discovery was revealed when the plumber called into a Houston radio show on Thursday.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #churches-buildings, #crime-stoppers-usa, #houston-tex, #lakewood-church, #osteen-joel, #plumbing, #restoration-and-renovation, #robberies-and-thefts

Restoring a 1788 House in Charleston, S.C., With a Walled Garden

The stately 1788 home in South Carolina had expansive rooms and a walled garden. But it needed a lot of work — and that would take time and money.

#charleston-sc, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Revitalizing Black Neighborhoods by Preserving Their History

Developers are repurposing deteriorated structures in historically significant areas in an effort to incorporate spaces for the arts, affordable housing and small businesses under one roof.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #atlanta-ga, #black-people, #buildings-structures, #culture-arts, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #memphis-tenn, #oakland-calif, #real-estate-commercial, #restoration-and-renovation, #united-states

In Florida, a Gut Renovation in Shades of Grape

The overwrought moldings in their neo-Classical home had begun to feel stuffy, so they redid the whole thing — with an emphasis on food and wine.

#delray-beach-fla, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Your Walls Don’t Have to Be Boring

Faced with a blank wall, most of us think paint or wallpaper. But there are more interesting possibilities to consider.

#adhesives, #berk-bobby-1981, #content-type-service, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #murals, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #wallpaper, #wood-and-wood-products

Don’t Throw Away That Ancient Pink Toilet. Someone Out There Wants It.

Retro-minded homeowners are driving across the country and paying thousands of dollars to restore or recreate a vintage bathroom or kitchen.

#real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Ornament or Crime? With Painted Woodwork, There Is No Middle Ground

One real estate agent referred to the décor trend as ‘the great divider of people.’

#paint, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #wood-and-wood-products

Russia Reopens the Last Czar’s Palace, a Century After His Execution

The last home of Nicholas II has been restored and opened to the public as a museum outside of St. Petersburg.

#museums, #nicholas-ii-czar-of-russia, #restoration-and-renovation, #romanov-family

New Arts Complex Aims to Build Community in Detroit

Anthony and JJ Curis are turning a church, its rectory and a city block into a cultural center and a legacy park for the artist Charles McGee.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #binion-mcarthur, #churches-buildings, #content-type-personal-profile, #curis-anthony, #curis-jj, #detroit-mich, #museum-of-contemporary-art-detroit, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

The Austin Bungalow Had Charm. But It ‘Needed Everything.’

After noticing a realtor ‘sitting, literally head in hand, on the front steps,’ a Texas couple decided to buy the house. That was two renovations ago.

#austin-tex, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Colonial Williamsburg Project Unearths Foundation of First Baptist Church

Since last year, archaeologists have been excavating the foundation of the First Baptist Church, one of the nation’s oldest Black churches, in Colonial Williamsburg.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #baptist-churches, #black-people, #colonial-williamsburg, #restoration-and-renovation, #slavery-historical, #virginia

Matthew Rhys Hits the Seas

The actor bought a wooden boat on a whim. It has taken him on a journey.

#boats-and-boating, #ebay-inc, #hemingway-ernest, #new-york-city, #restoration-and-renovation, #russell-keri

The Philharmonic Is Out of Its Hall This Year. It Doesn’t Pack Light.

With David Geffen Hall under renovation, the orchestra — and eight of its cellos, six double basses, six timpani and two grand pianos — must move from hall to hall.

#acoustics, #alice-tully-hall-manhattan-ny, #borda-deborah, #brey-carter, #classical-music, #geffen-david-hall-manhattan-ny, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #new-york-philharmonic, #restoration-and-renovation, #rose-theater, #van-zweden-jaap

Bringing a Deathly Michelangelo Sculpture Back to Life

The restoration of a statue the artist created for his own tomb shines light on the psychology of the aging Renaissance master.

#accademia-gallery, #art, #buonarroti-michelangelo, #florence-italy, #museo-dellopera-del-duomo, #museums, #restoration-and-renovation, #santa-maria-del-fiore-cathedral-florence-italy, #sculpture, #vasari-giorgio

The Suburbs Beckoned, but They Found a Way to Stay in the City

When the rowhouse next door came on the market, one couple decided to remain in Washington, D.C., and merge the two houses. It wasn’t easy — or cheap.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #washington-dc

Stabilized Notre-Dame Cathedral Is on Track for 2024 Reopening, Officials Say

The restoration effort is seeking to meet President Emmanuel Macron’s ambitious plan to reopen the cathedral five years after it was ravaged by a fire — just in time for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

#fires-and-firefighters, #france, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #notre-dame-cathedral-paris-france, #paris-france, #restoration-and-renovation

3 Weeks After Hurricane Ida, Parts of Louisiana Remain Dark

As businesses and schools have reopened in New Orleans, ongoing power outages in communities just beyond the city put recovery out of reach.

#electric-light-and-power, #entergy-corporation, #floods, #grand-isle-la, #gulf-coast-us, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricane-zeta-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #new-orleans-la, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #restoration-and-renovation, #roads-and-traffic, #union-of-concerned-scientists, #weather

How Old Is This Old House?

Property records don’t go back far enough to date some houses. But experts can pinpoint a house’s age by studying tree-ring patterns in the house’s timber.

#carbon-dating, #connecticut, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #massachusetts, #northeastern-states-us, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #wood-and-wood-products

Want to Increase Your Home’s Value? Start With the Entrance.

A few inexpensive changes can boost curb appeal — and your asking price. Here’s where to start.

#architecture, #content-type-service, #design, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Can a Green-Economy Boom Town Be Built to Last?

The race to make electric vehicles is turning some places into winners. Normal, Ill., is one of them. But it has seen good times go sour in the past.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #building-construction, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #illinois, #labor-and-jobs, #normal-ill, #restoration-and-renovation, #rivian-automotive-llc, #scaringe-r-j

A Vermeer Restoration Reveals a God of Desire

An image of Cupid was covered over in “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window” for nearly 300 years. Now that he’s back on show, the famous painting looks quite different.

#art, #frick-collection, #museums, #restoration-and-renovation, #state-art-collections, #vermeer-jan

Before Renovating, They Had to Get Rid of the Current Occupants: Mice

Some $40,000 later, they could finally start thinking about updating the house they bought in Farmington, Conn.

#farmington-conn, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #rodents

Coast to Coast in a Classic Car

Bugeye Sprites and other small roadsters might not seem up to the task, but collectors with some time on their hands have eagerly made the trek.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #austin-healey, #jaguar-land-rover, #porsche-ag, #restoration-and-renovation, #road-trips, #saab-automobile-ab, #united-states

Where Home Blends With Community

How co-housing in four places in the Netherlands and Belgium is helping people cope with rising costs, keep loneliness at bay and live more sustainably.

#architecture, #belgium, #cohousing-communities, #elderly, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #netherlands, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

In London, a Tucked-Away House Where the Living Is Easy

Built around a garden, the home allows three generations of family members to look out for one another without sacrificing privacy.

#architecture, #elderly, #london-england, #magid-christine, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #sarah-wigglesworth-architects, #wigglesworth-sarah-architect

Historic London Synagogue Fights to Stay Out of the Shadows

The 320-year-old Bevis Marks Synagogue claims that two new proposed office towers would block its sunlight and add to the sense of enclosure amid the skyscrapers of the financial district.

#historic-buildings-and-sites, #jews-and-judaism, #restoration-and-renovation, #sunlight, #synagogues

A Fellini Museum, as Lavish as His Movies

The exhibition spaces, which recently opened in Rimini, celebrate one of Italy’s most famous directors. But to some citizens, it puts tourism over local needs.

#fellini-federico, #italy, #movies, #museums, #restoration-and-renovation, #rimini-italy

One Thing I Don’t Plan to Do Before I Die Is Make a Bucket List

Until my cancer diagnosis, I did not understand that one future comes at the exclusion of all others.

#canadian-football-league, #cancer, #death-and-dying, #families-and-family-life, #pilgrimages, #restoration-and-renovation, #travel-and-vacations

How Companies Are Trying to Coax Workers Back to the Office with Beehives and Garden Plots

The latest perks include harvesting honey and digging in the dirt, part of a growing effort to give employees access to fresh air, sunlight and plants.

#bees, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #gardens-and-gardening, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #restoration-and-renovation, #workplace-environment

A Derelict Warehouse as a Second Home?

Even his artsy friends were skeptical. But for $70,000, he knew he could find a way to make it work.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #washington-state

The Stress-Free Way to Hang Art

Why does hanging art make many of us so nervous? If you follow a few simple rules, it’s easy.

#art, #content-type-service, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Out of Storage and Onto Walls, the Uffizi Spreads Its Brand

The gallery in Florence is lending artworks from its depots to smaller towns throughout Tuscany, increasing their appeal and strengthening its ties to the region.

#art, #italy, #museums, #restoration-and-renovation, #schmidt-eike-d, #tuscany-italy, #uffizi-gallery, #world-heritage-sites

When Kmart Moved Out, Churches and Flea Markets Moved In

The retailer’s former stores are being used by tenants that might not typically get a crack at such a large haul of commercial space at an affordable price.

#kmart-corp, #real-estate-commercial, #restoration-and-renovation, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional

How Do You Add On to the Perfect Small House? You Don’t.

They already had the ideal home in Marfa, Texas. So when they needed more space, they built another little house — to hold the bedroom.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #marfa-tex, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

For Two Designers, a Onetime Collaboration Wasn’t Enough

When they first worked together, renovating a home that had once been a church, they never imagined they’d eventually get married there.

#design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #telluride-colo

The Ungovernable Catholic Church

Will the pope’s move against the Latin Mass fulfill his revolution or reveal the limits of his power?

#benedict-xvi, #france, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #popes, #priests, #restoration-and-renovation, #roman-catholic-church