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Monday, July 25, 2005

Exposed brick


Shot of the second and third story backdrop to a vacant lot in downtown Springfield. I wish I could say this faced the alley, but it faces the street.

I can't remember exactly when, but about a year ago there was talk of turning this prime piece of real estate into a lovely beer garden for the tavern next door. I don't know whatever happened to those plans.

It's a block and a half from the State Capitol Building, and three and half blocks from city hall.

With all the recent hubbub over garbage in the gutters downtown, I'm surprised this eyesore isn't getting the same scrutiny. Actually, I should say, "eyesore for some." Personally, I see a lot of potential in those old walls.

Posted by Marie at July 25, 2005 11:42 PM


And if those walls could talk.

Is that the wall that used to have the old sports murals it? I think they have long since faded. And maybe I'm thinking of another old exposed wall downtown.

Posted by: Dave at July 26, 2005 8:38 AM

I love old walls like that. There's so much history visible for those who want to look for it, not to mention the wonderful play of color and texture.

Posted by: Kimberly at July 26, 2005 10:51 AM

I have a vague recollection of some sports murals downtown, but have no idea where they were. This is what was left when they tore down the building immediately east of Two Brothers.

Posted by: Marie at July 26, 2005 8:55 PM


We must be on the same psychic wave or just tired of seeing the same signs of distress in downtown Springfield.

On my afternoon walk I was considering suggesting a new ordinance in which owners of buildings would have to scape off all the stucko, dried cement, whatever that hides the brick. That mortar be repaired, and that when there are windows, or areas that used to have widows but have been bricked in, that those areas would be made to look as if they still have windows - at least trying to restore the appearance of these buildings.

Second suggestion; we need to get these property owners to stop holding out for office rental. There's just too darned much potential office space in downtown Springfield now. The city needs to work hand in hand with the owners to get these buildings rented, as residential.

Yes, residential isn't a lucrative as office rental, but to leave buildings vacant for years is just plain unacceptible. Some TIFF money should be used as an incentive to convert older office space (unused) to residential.

Downtown could be a very nice place to live once we have enough people living above shops again.

Posted by: jeromeprophet at July 27, 2005 12:11 AM

looks so third world, i love it

Posted by: fin at July 27, 2005 2:45 PM

GReat ideas, JP. Now I wonder if anyone has done a survey of vacant office space downtown.

Posted by: Marie at July 27, 2005 2:57 PM

hi, i found your pics by searching for springfield on flickr. here's a slightly different view of the lower part of this building:

oh, and in regards to this post of yours: well... i park there. i'm 100% serious. i work in the office across 4th street. if you think it looks bad from the outside, try going in someday.

we seem to be walking the same streets:

Posted by: jason at July 28, 2005 9:35 PM

Jason, I've been looking at your photos. You do amazing photography.

Posted by: Marie at July 28, 2005 11:52 PM


Your photos are nice enough to create a free flikr account. Just so I can make comments.
Have you thought about a blogspot blog?


Posted by: JeromeProphet at July 29, 2005 6:24 PM

thanks for the praise, though i don't know that i'm worthy of it. i don't have half the skill i think i need.

Posted by: jason at July 30, 2005 12:00 AM