Two East Market Street buildings once part of the Wayside Christian Mission campus are being restored back to their original appearance with help from original photographs and representative structures in the neighborhood. Gill Holland of the Green Building one block west and a group of investors purchased the 10-building campus from Wayside last year after their proposed demolition for a new women’s shelter. New artistic and creative mixed uses will eventually fill the block.
In January, the first floor facades of both buildings were stripped away to their bare bones. Over the years, many of the original window apertures in the 19th century buildings had been bricked up and modern windows installed in new openings. With help from Jeff Rawlins of Architectural Artisans, the original design was determined and restoration work began.
Scaffolding went up sometime in the last couple weeks and soffit and roof work has been ongoing. Also in that span, someone went of a “KFC Binge” on the top side of the taller building’s west facade (see tag in photo above). The new storefront configuration looks like it will allow three new retail spots to potentially fill the two buildings, and once they are stripped of their grey paint, the transformation will be complete.
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