Americans Return to Main Street – Review of Main Street’s Comeback by Mary Means

Isaac Kremer/ March 2, 2022/ architecture, Main Street, preservation, program/ 0 comments

By Isaac D. Kremer To purchase: Means, Mary. Main Street’s Comeback: And How it Can Come Back Again. HammonWood Press. 2020. The story of the revival of historic downtowns across the US is inextricably tied to Mary Means. In her role as Field Director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation covering the vast Midwest region of 10 states, she

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John Noble Pierson & Sons

Isaac Kremer/ October 1, 2021/ architecture, downtown, preservation/ 0 comments

John Noble Pierson (1855-1930) was an accomplished terra cotta modeler and architect. He attended the Cooper Institute, the Boston school of Art and the Boston School of Sculpture. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston was founded in 1870 and initially located on the top floor of the Boston Athenaeum. In 1876 the museum moved into a Gothic Revival building

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Observatory – Portland, Maine

Isaac Kremer/ June 25, 2021/ architecture, preservation/ 0 comments

Lemuel Moody constructed the Observatory to improve communications between seafaring vessels and merchants on land. His signal tower was completed in 1807. A signal system identified vessels sailing into the harbor so merchants could prepare. Ships would hoist a flag when sailing into the harbor. Captain Moody would use a powerful achromatic refracting telescope to spot vessels and their flags

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Town of Clinton Historic District – Clinton, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ January 18, 2021/ architecture, downtown, preservation/ 0 comments

The Red Mill, built circa 1810, over the years processed wool, grist, talc, plaster, and graphite. River water power also later generated electricity. A limestone quarry here was mined from the 1800s up until 1963. The Red Mill today is one of the indisputable historic and scenic sites in this area, though the Town of Clinton has much to offer

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Downtown – Staunton, Virginia

Isaac Kremer/ August 31, 2019/ architecture, downtown, Main Street, placemaking, preservation, program, public art, storefront/ 0 comments

T. J .Collins designed the Marquis Building on Beverley Street with a corner turret, bay windows, and gable-roofed bays. Together these give this commercial building a commanding presence at the intersection that it rests upon. The T. J .Collins designed Switzer Building with triple arches on the 2nd floor based on larger Venetian palazzos with a diamond pattern of terra

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Downtown – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ August 28, 2019/ architecture, beer, downtown, placemaking, storefront/ 0 comments

We only had a short time to visit so focused our walking and looking in the area around Van Andel Arena. This provided a surprisingly lively subject, even if it was a little top heavy with beer-related establishments. Grand Rapids Brewing Company HopCat J. Gardella’s Tavern Tavern on the Green Liked the touch of sign painting here. Grand Woods Mural

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The BOB – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ August 28, 2019/ architecture, music, placemaking, plaza, program, tactical urbanism/ 0 comments

The BOB – which stands for “Big Old Building” – is a go to social and entertainment venue in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have creatively repurposed the space with dining, indoor and outdoor entertainment, and the new 20 Monroe Live space for up to 2580 people. The outdoor beer garden is more open than others we’ve seen and feels

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Downtown – Cheboygan, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ August 26, 2019/ architecture, downtown, Main Street, placemaking, program, storefront, tactical urbanism/ 0 comments

This open-air canopy provides a covered space for markets and community events to occur. Loved to see a playful public art element near the market. The murals were simple but effective filling the wall and bringing “a little bit of happy” to those who pass by. Loved this cinder block and beam bench. What a clever idea to provide seating

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Downtown – Petoskey, Michigan

Isaac Kremer/ August 26, 2019/ architecture, downtown, Main Street, program/ 0 comments

Petoskey is one of the premier shopping districts in northern Michigan. Halfway between Mackinac Island and Traverse City, here you can find fashion, gifts, dining, ice cream, J.C. Penney Co. One of the last remaining downtown department stores. Wright Cycle Co. Wright brothers historian Dave Russell originally from Oakwood, Ohio, where the Wright brothers lived. Russell opened his Wright Cycle

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