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Wabi-Sabi
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There is an adage in the historic preservation world that poverty is a great preserver. This is a corollary to “do no harm.” A recent trip to Cuba brought these sayings to mind. Limited access...

Folgers Boiler for website

Wabi-Sabi
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We love that the cast iron boiler front was reinstalled in the entry foyer as part of the Roaster's Block apartment conversion. Wabi-sabi is a Japanese concept that celebrates authenticity and finds beauty in the patina...

Wabi Sabi Bartlesville for website

Wabi-Sabi
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Why do we love what we do? One thing we hear over and over is that "they don't build them like they used to" and "you can't beat the character of an old building." Or, to...

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Kemper Arena

KEMPER ARENA Every National Register nomination teaches us something new - about architecture, events, communities, people, and our shared history. Kemper Arena was no exception. It is a very specific type of building constructed at a...

International Harvester Building. Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The IMPACT of state tax credits in Oklahoma

The IMPACT of state tax credits in Oklahoma Last month the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture released an economic impact study of the Oklahoma historic tax credit prepared by PlaceEconomics. The study documented the overwhelming fiscal impact...

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Lessons from Baseball

Lessons from Baseball As the 2016 baseball season gets underway, Kansas City is still basking in the after-glow of the Royals 2015 World Series victory. Waiting 30 years will do that to a community. We at...

The new windows at the Bancroft School Apartments did an exemplary job of replicating the details of the building’s original windows.

5 Lessons from 10 Years
#4 Windows, Windows, Windows

As we look back over the past decade, we have learned many lessons, although several come up with enough regularity that they seem worth sharing.  ER There is a reason why windows are the crux of a...

Nothing about the Cosby Hotel rehabilitation was formulaic.  It took thoughtful owners, an experienced team, and a lot of creative thinking to save this building from the wrecking ball.

5 Lessons from 10 Years
#3 The Devil is in the Details

As we look back over the past decade, we have learned many lessons, although several come up with enough regularity that they seem worth sharing.  ER The beauty of historic buildings is that each is unique -...