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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Restoration of a Favorite

Back in 2007, I wrote about one of my favorite buildings in Shaw, 1314 9th Street. At the time, the building was looking pretty sad, but its potential and its gorgeous bones were evident.

I recently noticed that this grand structure is being restored by its owner. Today I snapped this photo of its progress:


Exciting, right?! I particularly love that the copper above the bay windows is being polished -- I had no idea that such metal detailing was even there!

I am hopeful that the retail bays will soon be filled. I could totally see a gallery and a boutique in the spaces.

11 comments:

ustreetgirl said...

That's quite a beauty. Glad to see it being restored to it's former glory.

ML said...

Any idea what is destined for this space? Hopefully they aren't just fixing it up to sit empty on the market along with Jamal Douglas' Exchange up the street.

Also on the Shaw development tip: there's supposedly a new restaurant over on 7th street in what almost became the check-cashing place, next to the new Tanner's Grocers. This is between Q and Rhode Island. They've got a big "Coming Soon" banner on the store front, but have no idea what is indeed coming soon. From the permits though, it should be a restaurant of some sort with sit down seating.

Shaw Rez said...

ML - I think tenants are being actively being sought this building.

Regarding the 7th Street restaurant, Mr. Q did a post about it a few weeks ago. My research indicated that it's going to be an Ethiopian restaurant. I haven't yet seen the coming soon sign; will check it out and try to find additional info.

ML said...

Thanks for the info on this building, and the restaurant going in on 7th. I too am glad they're filling the space, but am not that excited by more Ethiopian food. We've got plenty of that already.

Anonymous said...

FYI- The residential portion of the Exchange is now FULLY leased. Took about two months for it to reach full occupancy which is a nice sign for our area. Retail portion remains vacant.

Mr. Q said...

That's great news re: the residential portion of the Exchange! Are there any rumors out there re: the retail space? Anything?

They did a nice job on that building it would be great to see something independent go in there...

Anonymous said...

i have heard nothing about the commercial. That being said, with the rents Douglas is known to charge, i doubt it will be an independent (but you never know)

Anonymous said...

Rumored that it's gonna be a bank... the whole first floor and the offices upstairs.

Anonymous said...

If intrested in the comercial space of the bulding 1314 on 9th who should be contacted?

Shaw Rez said...

Anon -- I have the email address of the owner. I can connect you two if you'd like -- email me at slumhistorique at yahoo dot com.

Otherwise, contact Shaw Main Streets (linked on the right hand side of this website). Shaw Main Streets keeps track of available retail space in the area and can help you with your search.

Tom said...

Here is a photo showing what the building looked like in 1930. It's interesting to see that the "Groceries and Provisions" sign on the side of the building was faded even then.

http://www.shorpy.com/node/5822?size=_original

Tom