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April 4, 2001

Masonry memories: Rehab captures raw splendor

  • AIA Project of the Month
    Special to the Journal

    Stable Building
    Photos by J.F. Housel
    The Stable Building, at 20th and East Olive, was first used for boilers in oil refining. Adams/Mohler Architects' makeover preserved structural masonry and timber trusses. The southeast side features a terrace and entry to Rhodes, Ragen & Smith, a salvage business.
    Stable Building
    The northwest side of the Stable Building features the entrance to Adams/Mohler Architects.

    When neighbors pass the Stable Building at 20th and East Olive, it takes a minute to decide: Was it there before? The old masonry -- in perfect condition with simple decorative concrete and basket-weave bricks in the upper courses -- looks familiar. And the clean storefronts that face the street look like they’ve been there all along. But isn’t that where the car was towed last year?

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