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		They're not talking about the "unreinforced CMU piece[s] of crap" when 
they complain about wanting to start new. Jim

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From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On 
Behalf Of Andrew Kester Sent: Friday, February 14, 2014 10:57 AM
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Congratulations to Matthew and Ed

Well if I recall correctly, the euthanized parking garage in Mathew's 
article was no historical treasure. And that is where I think some 
historical preservationists get it wrong, in that there is a balance, and 
economics is a huge part of that. Was a president born there? Well, maybe 
we should save that. But that 50 year old unreinforced CMU piece of crap 
over there that has no historical significance other than its age? Naahhh, 
let's tear that down and build something safe and energy efficient. And by 
the way, architects can design things to look older or classic without 
needing to be actually old and classic.

I looked at a historical building for a client once and the preservationist 
 was spending thousands of dollars on hand made handrail balustrades and 
other interior details. I pointed out the second story porch framing and 
handrails were not only not to code but dangerously under-designed, as she 
is telling me when they are done they are going to have parties there and 
weddings and such. So maybe sacrifice a little on the historical integrity 
of the interior and spend it on the structure so you have a safe building 
and you won't get sued??

With all that said, while I was at Florida State, they basically gutted the

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