Tag Archives: renovation

Restoration at its finest.

28 Apr

In 1859, someone took hammer to nail and built a white house of great stature. I can only imagine how life might have been on this plantation home in Bolivar County, Mississippi. When the Civil War tore through the south, many homes were left abandoned. In 2010 this home was restored. Can you imagine bringing this house back to life—mercy. The results are beautiful.

Before

After

Photographs from Gone: A Photographic Plea for Preservation

Photo Credit: Neil Dickerson

“People come and they don’t leave.”

24 Nov

That little sentence grabbed me when I watched the Minka trailer. There are many things to be said about this project and film but my heart is tender and full and achy on this day before Thanksgiving.

MINKA is a short documentary film about a remarkable Japanese farmhouse and the memories it contains. In 1967, an American journalist and his adopted Japanese son rescued the ancient house from the snow country of Japan, and their lives were forever changed. MINKA is an intimate story about place, architecture, memory and the meaning of home.

I understand. I get it. Building a home is a sacred process—at least it on Bradford Avenue. I am thankful to work with a builder, and friend, who treats it as such.

So much gratitude.
So much gratitude it hurts. And that’s okay.