Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Memphis Retooled

I've been watching the Machine Shop re/development for the past year and a half.

They took a simple commercial facade, located in a crook of South Main, as a frontend

The Machine Shop

and built a new development into the backend.

The Machine Shop

The Machine Shop

A nice combo by John Pruett Architects of traditional and modern, each giving value and texture to the other. My only complaint: I wish they had kept the previous paint job, including the commercial painted sign, to help the original facade pop out more.

Here's another facade, of much greater value, hopefully awaiting its own retooling.


This shouldn't be a South Main thing. The benefits of reuse, reimagination, remix are tangible, visual.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Adam said...

There is work being done to the Andertons restaurant. The entire building has been torn down with the exception of the facade. I don't remember who's moving in exactly, but at least they're keeping the facade.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Chris and Kate Lareau said...

i really thought they were going to keep the old signage on the machine shop. they left it there during so much of the construction...

apparently the anderton's project is turning out to be even more extensive than crye-leike was planning...i hope that they don't give up.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Adam SImpson said...

I thought that they were leaving the original facade paint also -- kudos to them for the adaptive reuse, but I think it would have been more faithful and much more interesting to retain the original facade paint.

5:32 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

They've already done a lot of work to save the facade of Anderton's. Seems you could put in a pretty simple and inexpensive backend and still have a wonderful building. Tearing down and rebuilding would be _more_ work it seems.

The problem with the paint job of Machine Shop is the original facade is kinda lost.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous sherman said...

it gets worse. look what they've done now.

10:44 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

Sherman, I haven't driven down Madison in a few days. What have they done?

Or are you talking about the Machine Shop?

2:03 AM  
Anonymous sherman said...

Machine shop replicated the painted-over name on a banner with crye-leike logo and hoisted it where the original painting was. So, it was not a mistake of ignorance painting over it; they chose to do so and then compounded their mistake by emphasizing it with a chee-z banner. Yuck.

4:26 PM  
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