Historic Structure Assessments can be fascinating reading…if you happen to have a vested interest in the structure being assessed, that is. For Unbridled Solutions, the structure of interest would be the Dennis Sheedy home, and the assessment was conducted by Hoehn Architects in 2002 to verify the historical significance of the home for designation as a National Landmark. Also identified in the assessment are original descriptions of interior spaces converted for business use in the 1970s…that just happen to be of particular interest to certain vested parties.
When Unbridled moves into the Mansion this April, we’re likely to feel transported back in time by the sheer force of the history it holds. Imagine the stories embedded in the walls and halls and hallowed spaces of that house! From the mogul who saw his dream fulfilled to the heiress who provided a place for artists to fulfill theirs – from anonymous boarders, known only by their inclusion in the household counts of the 1920s Census to business owners who brought new purpose to the endangered structure in the ’70s – the Grant Street Mansion gives us a classic example of the importance of architectural spaces as place holders for life, love, and legacies.
It’s sobering to consider the weight of stewarding a landmark. We’re humbled by the significance of our predecessors, and honored to carry their legacies forward for future generations.
We’re also really excited to take our place in the line of Sheedy Home owners…to stand in the midst of its architectural intricacies, fill its sacred spaces with new purpose, and embed new stories into its nooks and crannies.
What fun it will be to walk into our new work spaces, mindful of their original uses, while setting things in place for entirely new purposes. And thanks to the Hoehn assessment, we have a few hints to help us discover whether we’re in a bedroom, a dressing room, or a linen closet. Or perhaps, the drawing room, the library, or the breakfast room.
Here’s how we’ll know…. If we end up on the 2nd floor, surrounded by curly birch, bird’s eye maple, mahogany, cherry, or sycamore, we’re in a bedroom. Mahogany paneling with marble wainscots means we’re in a dressing room. White pine indicates combination linen closet/sewing room…or the drawing room, if it’s on the main floor. Yellow pine would be the breakfast room/butler’s pantry. And the library will be obvious, of course, by the cherry bookcases flanking the entryway…and a sudden urge for a brandy, a cigar, and a good book.
Or perhaps, a fascinating Historic Structure Assessment.