Sunday, March 01, 2009

Around Town

Since I work out of my home office, there are often days where I don't get dressed much further than pajamas and a sweatshirt. Most days I don't even make it that far until after 5pm. Because I'm so consistently homebound, I take my time when I go grab lunch or run errands - it's just nice to remove myself from the 90 square feet I look at for days on end. {okay, let's be real. The chair I sit in is about 4sqft and I don't really work when I'm not in that chair} One such day last week I drove around and ate my sandwich in the car and almost tried to get lost, per se.

Instead I found buildings older than most I've seen in Lawrence. Most of the turn-of-the-century buildings I stumble upon are homes, not businesses. Especially once you stray off of Massachusetts Avenue.

If this building wasn't so close to the railroad, I'd put it on my wish-list for future homes.

Wouldn't it be awesome to have a home refashioned from an old warehouse or old office building? I know it's not for everyone, but both Ryan and I think it would be so cool to renovate and live in a loft-style environment.
I especially love the fact you can see the old owners' branding on the side and front of the building.

I don't know what this building it currently used for, but I hope it stays erect for years to come. Who knows? Maybe one day we'll come back and make it our home.

I wanted to get pictures of the building, so these are from this weekend. Saturday was an icy-wind, snow-for-hours day. We were waken from the glare at 7:30am, even though our blinds were shut. I debated staying in bed, where it was nice and warm, or getting up and heading to an estate sale I'd looked up the night before. Both won. I slept until 8:45, then pulled on some shoes and threw my hair back into a pony-tail and found a treasure! I'll have to post about it later.

As you can see in the pictures--taken around noon on Saturday--that it wasn't a fleeting snow storm. It lasted for a few more hours after that and finally let up just before we left for a birthday dinner celebration that night.

I live in such an awesome town.

*Edited: I just looked up the Poehler Building details - It was built in 1920 and started being renovated last year. It's currently for sale for $1.875 million but is 38,500 sq. ft. Here's another picture from the real estate site. It's being renovated for office space, retail space, and loft living. Too bad it's right on the railroad tracks, eh?


Micah and Melinda said...

You have got to just love that exposed brick look! That is an awesome building!

Becka Dietrich said...

I love those old buildings with the stenciled writing on the sides, there is something about them that is so enchanting.