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New Birmingham townhome has private elevator

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Enjoy carefree living in a new luxury townhome in Birmingham with nearly 4,000 square feet of living space.

Designed by local architect Christopher J. Longe AIA, the Westbrown property at 625 Brown features three bedrooms and four full baths and one partial. 

The design of the home boasts a large integrated living space with an open floor plan and many design elements. Among them are 8-inch European oak wood floors, two fireplaces, culinary-grade appliances, granite countertops and spa-like baths.

Also included is pre-wired home automation, a private elevator with access to all levels, a library, personal patio, landscaped courtyard, two-car attached garage, and more.

The property, priced at $2,199,000, is just a three-minute walk from the downtown shopping area. 

See the listing here:

An open room near the kitchen. (Photo: Nev Muftari and Skyview Experts, Nev Muftari and Skyview Experts)

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Historic preservation awards salute a wine-filled grain elevator, updated factories and other cool restorations (before, after photos)

People who revitalize historic buildings are being honored by the preservation organization Restore Oregon for the impact their improvements have made on their communities.

Recipients of the coveted 2020 DeMuro Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation demonstrated how restoring and updating architectural and cultural sites can create housing that is affordable, incubate new businesses and combat climate change through re-use, explains Peggy Moretti, Restore Oregon’s executive director.

Each of the 11 teams of architects, engineers, designers, contractors, developers, property owners and community leaders selected for the award are being spotlighted in a video released on restoreoregon.org and @restoreoregon.

A virtual event, the DeMuro Awards @Home, will take place on Oct. 22.

Since the program started in 2013, award-winning teams were celebrated at the Restoration Celebration Gala. The fundraising event will be online this year to due to coronavirus pandemic.

Registration is free with a suggested donation of $35. Supporters

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Historic Detroit Hotel elevator discovered during remodel in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — For the people turning the former Caddy’s on Central space into a steampunk-themed brewpub, it was a serendipitous find.



a close up of a horse: Room numbers are marked on a switchboard used long ago in the Detroit Hotel. Historic details of the building constructed in 1888 were sealed behind walls decades ago, including the original elevator, and uncovered during recent renovations.


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Room numbers are marked on a switchboard used long ago in the Detroit Hotel. Historic details of the building constructed in 1888 were sealed behind walls decades ago, including the original elevator, and uncovered during recent renovations.

Construction workers tearing down walls inside the historic Detroit Hotel building uncovered an intact elevator at least 115 years old. The cage-like door and huge electric motor are still there, as are the cables, though they’ve long ago been cut.

Cranks, gears, metal and grime, plus Victorian-era design flourishes? Yes, that will certainly work in our steampunk-esque restaurant, thought the management team from Segreti’s Hospitality Group. Let’s keep them.



Detail from an elevator discovered during renovations of the Detroit Hotel building. Historic details of the building constructed in 1888 were sealed behind walls decades ago, including the original elevator, and uncovered during recent renovations.


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Detail from an elevator discovered during renovations of the Detroit Hotel building.

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