Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Daily Dose of Blairmont 138

  • 1510 Leffingwell Street (N & G Ventures LLC, November 2006)

May 2006

A twin house, facing one of south JeffVanderLou's numerous urban prairies.





It features that most common of Blairmont identifiers, the missing upper-floor windows, though the lower level has been properly secured. The building has been vacant since 2001.

3 comments:

SwingMan said...

First of all, I want to let you know how much I've enjoyed your Blairmont dailies - been following not only every daily here, but other related articles here and at Ecology of Absence.

As an admirer of vintage architecture, these dailies show me that you're trying to do something about, at least, drawing attention to these historic buildings and, in the process, helping to preserve, not only the buildings themselves, but to preserve wonderful and essential neighborhood streetscapes - priceless and damn near extinct.

Here's hoping that these dailies help lead to some positive action - I've seen plenty worse than what's been listed here thus far that've been brought back to life.

Lastly, on the "Maps.Live" location for THIS listing, about 1/2 a block southeast, facing Cass Ave. just the other side of the auto "yard", there's a couple 3 story mansards - the taller of the two seems to be leaning severely to the west onto the smaller one. Is it just me and my eyes, or does that building look ready to topple over and collapse BOTH?

I realize the bird's eye photos are around 3-4 years old - has anything happened at that location? Do you know if the buildings are still intact or collapsed?

Again, great job and here's hoping McKee and Co. draw pressure and static over their atrocities of demlition by neglect - and suspected encouragement (hiring maybe?) of brick rustling.

Mark

Robert Powers said...

Thanks for the encouraging words!

The buildings down the street aren't leaning; they're just constructed at an odd angle relative to the street and each other. They're both covered in Daily Dose #31.

SwingMan said...

Ah, gotcha.

I should've used the SLFD ariel antenna on the southeast corner of Cass & Jefferson as an obvious reference. Almost looks like the east house was originally the site of a LONG gone intersection alignment the way its hemmed so tightly against the west building (LOVE those late 19th/turn of the 20th century mixed use/storefront flats).

Looks like I'd better bone up on your previous dailies. LOL!

Meantime, I'll keep tabs on and keep enjoying future entries. :D

Mark