I noticed Saturday that someone had ripped the modern covering off an old shop on Union Avenue, revealing this facade underneath.
But will the owners appreciate this beauty as they renovate it, or will they unnecessarily cover it with some other inferior facade, as their neighbors recently did?
This is what they shops next door used to look like
, with a faux facade similar to that removed from the Easy Way #6 building.
This is what they looked like underneath, after the fake was removed.
Even unrenovated and blocked by a tractor-trailer, you can tell they're classic midtown storefronts. Notice the detailing on the top left.
Unfortunately, the owners didn't stop while they were ahead. They covered it, again:
We've recently seen the same metamorphosis at some shops at Madison and McLean.
- Bland 60's era covering removed.
- Nice original brickwork exposed.
- Bland 00's era covering imposed.
Boring facelifts both, they've turned the banal into the unique into the banal.
Here's hoping that back on Union they'll STOP when they're already so much ahead.
Heed the sign!
Labels: architecture, Memphis, midtown, Union Avenue