Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Renovate or detonate!


Last week, I made three posts about 'engineered delapidation'. Today, I contrast some renovated terraces, with some unrenovated terraces. There are pockets of both within Paddington. Each of the unrenovated terraces here, is on a major suburban street, which is a bus route.


This is genuine, organic delapidation. Ageing through lack of attention, wear and tear and the impact of the elements through time.

12 comments:

Mary Ann said...

It's a shame that not everything deteriorates beautifully. I always find it interesting, even if it isn't beautiful.

Kay L. Davies said...

I agree with Mary Ann. Interesting even if not beautiful. The beautiful ones, however, are wonderfully so.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Peter said...

I can only imagine what Paddo was like 100 years ago, perhaps even more decay.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

The ironwork is exquisite and I love the renovations in the first photo... more please.

Bises,
Genie

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I would go with renovate Julie, if it's done in a sensitive way keeping as much to the original as possible.

J Bar said...

I like it when they restore them to their former glory rather than renovate and alter them.

Ann said...

I'm with Jim on this one.

Adullamite said...

You have a fascinating area there in Paddington.

Alan O'Riordan said...

Hmmm... I'm torn. I find myself most drawn to the photo in the middle, with the rusting, corrugated iron roofing. The word "character" springs to mind.

The top photo and the bottom right... well, they are pretty and I guess the rails give them character, by one definition or another, but for me, they're not telling a story. As for the bottom left pic, well, that's just plain negligence:-)

Julie said...

I get drawn like that, too, Alan. HOwever, it is often tough to shower in a place with 'character' when the wind whistles around your legs, mould and moss grow in crevices in the bathroom and the pipes groan and rattle.

However, taking a place with character and restoring it to its previous glory is very expensive - like millions. Often here in Paddo, neither detonation nor renovation are allowed, and purchases or compelled by the Heritage Act to undergo expensive (and extensive) restorations. These old terraces need to be completely repiped, rewired, rebathed and rekitchened. Then there is the problem of wood-rot and rising damp.

Millions ...

greensborodailyphoto.com said...

You've really captured the texture of the city!

IWASNTBLOGGEDYESTERDAY said...

my hubby grew up in one of these,over in st peters. no hot water tank,only the old washing boiler tub. kitchen outside. toilet outside.....