I would like to give a brief shout out and thumbs up to Holt Construction on Third Street. I pass their office building frequently and have often wondered how a construction company could have such a dilapidated looking roof. I would think it not much of a testimony regarding their services. I guess they must have felt the same way because lo and behold they took off the flat roof and built a nice new pitched roof within the past two weeks. It’s so nice to see businesses improving their buildings and facades. Especially on Third Street where it needs it the most. I hope they filed for their state tax credits!
Along with other preservationists, I had the privilege of touring this barn today. It is a pretty lady. Here are the pictures from the tour. If I did not have midterms and a host of other pressing things to do, I would give a narrative of the tour. Maybe another time. Here are the beautiful pictures.
New Life in a Montana Ghost Town
State Stabilizes National Historic Landmark
By Amy Stix | Online Only | Sept. 20, 2010
The town of Bannack, Montana, rose quickly from the parched, scrubby earth after the first major gold strike was made here in 1862. And though the fledgling territorial capital was named for the area’s original inhabitants, the Bannock Indians, local legend has it that officials in Washington mistook an “o” for an “a,” and Bannack was born. To read more click here.
I enjoyed this article. We plan on traveling to Montana in one of the upcoming years. I am putting Bannack on my must see list.
A Town Jazz This Friday!
Check out this event. It will be this Friday at the Hirsch House on Jackson Street, Alexandria!
View from the backyard
The house on Florence that was formerly a spa and Bed & Breakfast is for sale. It has been foreclosed on by Capital One. Steven and I went and viewed it yesterday with the realtor. Here are a few pictures from that walkthrough. It has repairs that need to be made due to its standing empty for almost two years now. Despite that, it has a good yard and a nice open floor plan on the first floor. The second floor is all bedrooms.
The asking price is $300k. I was astounded. Noles Frye is the listing agent and they have comparable houses on Jackson Street and in the Garden District that have sat on the market from two, all the way up to four years now. I don’t think they are going to get that price. One problem is the appraisal due to no comps being in the area, they will have a hard time putting a value on the house (I know this from experience times two). Since it has several repairs that need to be made (I will not include a list or pictures), comes with no appliances, and is not located in a prime neighborhood, I don’t see anyone paying that price for this house. Who knows though? Maybe someone will.
I walked in to Joseph’s Paint on Bolton during the Spring break last month and I was informed by the employees that the owner was commended at a Benjamin Moore conference in Houstona due to a blog post/paint review I wrote about a month ago. He was hailed for his excellent customer service and used as an example. The employees went and got the owner so I could meet him. Very glad they got the credit they deserve. They truly have the best customer service in town and also the best quality paints. Thanks guys!
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I could have danced when I received the email from the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation’s representative. Due to the Historical Association’s, and mainly, Charles K. Charrier, President of HACL, diligent work nominating two CENLA buildings, the CLSH Dairy Barn in Pineville and the Armour Building on Lower Third in Alexandria, will receive local and national recognition by being placed on the Louisiana Trust’s 10 Most Endangered list. The Louisiana Trust is part of the National Trust. Each year, the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes the state’s ten most endangered historic properties to draw attention to the importance of historic preservation of our rich Louisiana heritage. Previously, Central Louisiana has had seven properties placed on the 10 Most Endangered List. We are proud to see that number grow to 9!
CLSH Dairy Barn 9-01-09
Armour Bldg, Lower Third 9-01-09
There will be a reception at Nottaway Plantation on September 20th, and at that time, there will be an unveiling of each structure that has made the 2009 list. As of now, I do not have a list of the other properties. This is exciting news for CENLA and for historic preservation!
“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us”. Winston Churchill