217 E 10th Street, Newport  KY  aka  "Browns Bazaar"

The building at 217 W 10th Street consists of the original house and a masonry block addition.  The original house is on the left hand side where the front door is located. The addition is on the side with the garage door.  The façade was put on some time in the 70's.  The buildings use was at one time a TV and radio tube distributor and the latest use was that of a clothing bazaar.


Taking off her 80's Prom Dress

We started the façade renovation by undressing her of the prom dress that she put on in the 80's.

What we found was that she had kept on some of her original clothing.  We were able to decipher what we think was her original appearance  by looking at the size and shape of the elements that were removed and by those still intact.

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From this we were able to determine what type of gable detail was original to the building.

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We started by removing the original shakes and saved them for re use when we put her new dress on.  We also removed the original clap board siding.  We would have saved it but the boards were split and in really bad shape.  Those in the historical elite will strongly encourage you to save and reuse but the amount of caulk you would need to use would make it a maintenance nightmare.  I strongly encourage historical guidelines but sometimes the historical elite are just ..... well I'll keep my mouth shut.


We added the gable elements by using the clues that were left behind. We were also able to determine the window sizes as they were just filled in.  The original weight pockets were torn out so the windows were actually smaller than what was was filled in with plywood.  We also determined that she had some type of design element on the bottom of her dress.


We are starting to dress her.  We added the soffit and soffit detail.  We started to install the original shakes.  Because many were missing we custom-made some to match what was there.  We also added her skirt detail at the bottom.  We also made the window trim detail and added built in flower boxes.  As an added feature to show her off we added 4" can lights in the soffit.  


We completed the installation of the original shakes.  Because many were missing we made new ones that are of the same design as the originals.  We completed the beveled cedar siding with a reveal that matches what was on her originally.   You can also see that we brought the curtain wall down of the addition down to the same horizontal line of the existing structure.  We didn't want the scale (height) of the addition to overwhelm the original structure. 


With the original side of the house completed we now begin to reshape the other side.  In the historic renovation code it suggests that any addition to a historic structure should have a set back so that the two are distinguished.  In this case the addition was added adjacent to the historic structure so we were limited to what we could do.  The historic code also suggest that the addition should not try to copy (mimic) the architecture of the original structure.  An example of what not to do is the Campbell County Courthouse addition.  How this got passed by the UDRB is still a mystery.  

The opening you see is not going to be a window but a lanai patio.  


We chose to cover the façade in redwood with a vertical installation.  Although the buildings are attached we really wanted to make a statement that they are actually two different buildings.