Thursday, January 29th, 2009
One of the downsides of the Midwest’s harsh seasons is that we can’t take advantage of all the cool materials and building techniques people in, say, California can. So many things just don’t stand up to the elements here. Unfortunately, some people don’t get the message. Or even bother to look at neighboring buildings on the same street to see what can result when you dare mess with Mother Nature. Here today I present an example of three structures, all on the 1600 block of Belmont, all utilizing some type of stained wood exterior, all badly damaged by the elements.
First up is Belly’s, a sports bar on Lincoln. The main entrance is on that street, but the kitchen has frontage on Belmont.
In addition to the weather beaten wood, the papered over windows are a nice touch. Oh, and don’t forget the door.
Just down the street is a swankier place, the slick martini lounge Bungalow. No different results here.
This is less noticeable in one respect because it is only the one section along the base. On the other hand, that sticks out in contrast to the rest of the well-preserved facade. The black wooden slats are painted – always a good idea in the Midwest I say.
Lastly, just this fall a new bar opened a couple doors down from Bungalow called The Pony. They decided to take this to a whole new level. Same results.
This doesn’t actually look so horrible – yet. Just wait till another season takes its toll. You can get a glimpse of how this facade looked just a short time ago by looking at the recessed entryway which is partially protected from the elements.
Lastly, a close up seeing the process of destruction in action.
Why do you think this material was used? Ignorance? Was it intentional? (Going for the rustic look or something? Homage to barnyard?) Am I missing something here?