Baldinger makes one inaccurate statement, though, and he should know better, having served on the Historic Preservation Commission: "We all know about Eric Galloway's fondness for Greek Revival; less known is his proclivity to paint sometimes invaluable multicolored architectural details a uniform charcoal gray." The roofs on 416 Warren Street and 501 Union Street were not painted charcoal gray. Rather the original slate, which was not uniform in color and represented, especially in the case of 416 Warren Street, a decorative feature of the building's design, was replaced by uniform, unrelieved, and unvarying charcoal gray slate. The same thing is proposed for 356 Union Street.
Long after tastes have changed and all the houses that are now dark gray have been painted some other color popular at the moment (let's hope it's not orange), the mansard roofs at 416 Warren Street and 501 Union Street will still be very dark gray.
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