Recently I attended the open house for Trailnet’s new offices at 10th & Locust. The offices are nice but it was their view to the south that really got my attention.
On the right is the long-vacant Bridge’s House building built in 1886. On the left is the renovated building that has Left Bank Books and Bridge Tap House on the ground floor and rental lofts on the upper floors. By contrast it looks very modern but it was built just four years later, in 1890.
The contrasts are what is so great! First, the floor levels don’t align with each other. Misguided historic standards in some neighborhoods require new construction to align perfectly with adjacent structures. The Materials and colors are also quite different, although brick is used on both buildings.
Then there is the blade sign from the 20th century, a real gem of a sign.
- Steve Patterson