Friday, February 18, 2022

What Once Was There

Anyone who has contemplated this building in the 300 block of Warren Street has figured out that this is not the way the building was meant to be.
The building is shorter than neighboring buildings, its unadorned roofline seems just not right, and the midcentury picture window on the second floor is an obvious anachronism. Although it is possible to guess what event left the building in its current state, some photographs discovered in the collection confirm it.
In 1956, there was a fire in the building which apparently destroyed the top floor. When the fire damage to the remainder of the building was repaired, what had been a two-story oriel was replaced with a picture window.

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