Thursday, July 25, 2019

In the face of redevelopment, vernacular architecture never stood a chance


Razed since Retiring Guy last visit.

Photo by Retiring Guy


Original 6/11/2019 post, "It's the beginning of the end of vernacular architecture on the 600 block of West Wilson Street in Madison WI", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Plan Commission approves five-story apartment building on West Wilson.  (Madison.com, 4/23/2019)
City staff recommended approval of the demolition and conditional use permits the project requires. The Bassett Street Neighborhood Steering Committee also wrote in support of the project. 
Verveer said he had “not heard any negative concerns from neighborhood stakeholders” about the project. 
But in February, the Landmarks Commission said the buildings to be demolished had historic value and said it would be an “extensive loss to vernacular housing.” The city’s file on the property at 616 W. Wilson indicated that the house was designed by architectural firm Claude and Starck, but city staff couldn’t find any additional supporting materials that this was the case.



The first sentence in Encyclopedia Britannica's entry on "vernacular architecture":

Vernacular architecture is defined as the ordinary buildings and spaces constructed, shaped, or inhabited by a particular group of people.


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