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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Kenosha: Before

It is quite the funny story actually! And yes, I know I am fully responsible. 
A few summers ago, I was home chatting with my parents in the Kitchen 
before I headed out for a night on the town. They had just decided to 
sell their current home and we were discussing their options of where they 
wanted to live and more importantly, what they wanted to live in. Their 
current home was pretty spectacular and I knew they just couldn't move into 
anything original. Boy, was that an understatement. 


My Dad stressed how much he would love to live downtown. However, with 
four dogs they knew that was almost close to impossible. I said my goodbyes
 and headed downtown to 818 to watch my brother play an acoustic show. 
I saw a parking spot on the other side of the road.  I drove past to the
closest intersection, 3rd and Kenosha, to turned around. This parking spot 
changed our lives. Because I had to turn around I just so happened to spot
 the "For Sale" sign out in front of this beautiful Art Deco building. 


I immediately stopped, hopped out of the car, and grabbed a flyer. I believe 
it said something like... oooh 18 car parking lot. I am pretty sure I noticed 
nothing else. All I cared about was the concern my parents had for the lack 
of yard for our dogs. My second move was to call my parents and tell them 
how excited I was that I found their new home. Yep, I'm pretty sure that's 
how it all went down. 


The next day we called our real-estate agent who made an appointment 
for me to view the property, take some photos and that was it. The deal 
was done. My parents and four dogs were moving downtown. 


There were currently two residents. The woman who owned the building 
lived in the front first half and a well known local Tulsa photographer, 
John Amatucci, resided in the back half along with his cat and 
photography studio. 


John lived in the back half until demolition started and as a gracious favor 
to my parents, he photographed the building before demolition. Of course 
he did an amazing job. Thanks John! We owe you for these memories.


The existing front of the beautiful Art Deco building before renovation. 


The existing front door. 


Existing: Living area with door to the Powder Room off to the left. 


Existing: Living Room showing Powder Room and door to outside parking lot.


Existing: Powder Room.


Existing: Living Room looking towards stairs and Kitchen.


Existing: Living Room looking out towards the front of the building. 


Existing: Kitchen.


Existing: Second Floor Closet on the North end of the building. This is above the existing Kitchen.


Existing: Second Floor closet looking South to the staircase and hall to the Bedroom Suite.


Existing: Second Floor Bedroom Suite Kitchen area.


Existing: Second Floor Bedroom looking in to the Kitchen.


Existing: Second Floor Bedroom Suite standing in the Kitchen looking into the Bedroom.


Existing: Second Floor Bathroom.


Existing: Back half of the building which was John Amatucci's photography studio space. 


Existing: Back half of the building storage closet. 


Existing: Back half of the building photography studio.


Existing: Back half of the building photography studio.


Existing: Back half of the building photography studio.


Existing: Back half of the building photography studio.


Existing: Back half of the building John Amatucci's apartment.


Existing: Back half of the building apartment.


Existing: Back half of the building apartment.


Existing: Back half of the building apartment Kitchen.


Existing: Back half of the building hall going to the back door and Bathroom. 


Existing: Back half of the building Bathroom. 


Existing: Back half of the building apartment second floor loft.


Existing: Back half of the building apartment second floor loft.


Existing: Parking Lot. The long portion of the building with the six windows is the photography studio on the left and the apartment on the right.


Existing: Parking Lot. The back door on the left leads into the back apartment and the door on the right leads to the boiler room. 


Existing: Parking Lot with metal shed. 


Existing: Parking Lot with metal shed. 


Existing: Back grass area. The building on the left is the two car garage and the building in the middle is the tool shed. 


Existing: Tool shed.


Existing: Garage which you enter from the back alley. 


Existing: Interior of the garage. 


So there it is, my parents new home. As an interior designer, It was easy 
for me to see what could be and not what is. However, for my Mom, that 
was a different story. I think she had a mere heart attack when the final 
papers were actually signed. But, she trusted me and my Dad and hoped 
knew she could really trust us in the end. At least that's what she said. 
Her biggest concern, which actually sounds pretty silly now, was what 
grocery store did she shop at now? 


It's been a few years now and they are fully settled and loving their new 
downtown home. My Mom even found a convenient grocery store! How 
about that! 


So, who wants to see the renovated pictures? 

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