The three-story row building on East Market Street near Shelby Street has been tearing itself apart and building itself back up over the last year. Before the massive renovation, the building’s brick facade was bowing out over the sidewalk hinting at possible collapse. The wall was carefully dismantled by hand and rebuilt brick by brick. A new roof with dormers appeared as part of the project, two on the front and one large dormer on the back.
This week an EIFS coating was being applied to the formers giving them some extra, albeit styrofoam, detail. There’s still a ways to go on the renovation work, mostly on the interior and storefront, but so far it’s looking good. The structures along this stretch of Market Street date back to the 1870s and represent an austere southern vernacular style represented by simple limestone columns and lintels and little or no ornament. It’s good to see another building near collapse brought back to useful life.[Editor’s Note: Per the discussion happening in the comments, added a photo of the old Bainbridge Row once located near Seventh Street and Jefferson Street. The new dormers on this structure were apparently modeled from those on the old row houses. (3-3-2009)]