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The transoms still work! We also love the layers of wallpaper in the historic apartment spaces above a circa 1880 commercial building in Topeka, KS. Wabi-sabi is a Japanese concept that celebrates authenticity and finds beauty...

Ottawa wabisabi

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We love the light and texture in this 1913 Post Office. Wabi-sabi is a Japanese concept that celebrates authenticity and finds beauty in the patina of age.   ...

Richardson Dry Goods

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Appreciating the passage of time seen in the brick and plaster walls of the J.D. Richardson Dry Goods building in St. Joseph, Missouri. Built in 1892, the building housed the largest wholesale dry goods manufacturer...

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In the Know
Using Historic Tax Credits for Affordable Housing

Historic tax credits support the rehabilitation and repurposing of buildings for a wide range of uses, including affordable housing. Some of these projects pair historic tax credits with low-income housing tax credits, while others simply...

Oklahoma

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Oklahoma

Thirty-four (34) states have a state historic tax credit program that can be used in tandem with the federal program. Just as architecture and accents vary by state, so do the historic tax credit programs....

Savoy

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This space is wabi-sabi incarnate. Getting ready for a gentle freshening! Wabi-sabi is a Japanese concept that celebrates authenticity and finds beauty in the patina of age.   ...

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Adventures in Preservation
Plasterkrafting

Many thanks to Dave Boux and Brad Bruce and APT-Central Plains for the fabulous tour of the Plasterkraft & Mural Masters workshop. Dave and Brad dazzled us with their artistry, craftsmanship, and wit while demonstrating...

Garlinghouse

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Garlinghouse

There was a time when you could buy anything from a catalog, even a house. You may be familiar with Sears' kit houses, but did you know Topeka, Kansas had their very own mail-order catalog...

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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...