A guest post by that guy I married...Wade Broadhead.
These are buildings that were built in 1904 or 1884 and by 1950 they were hopelessly 'outdated' with annoying details and architectural elements. Solution: storefront makeover. A cheap applique, some 'architectural makeup' could conceal all those hopeless interesting and articulated storefront elements into a modern masterpiece. My favorite is this aluminium 'slip cover' on this turn of the century building. This building now tells two stories, one of the Progressive Era and one of the Streamlined Modern Era (1930s-40s).
The second building has a secret jewel that I didn't notice for years. The multicolored recessed terrazzo entryway stamped 'Hughes' is a secret relic, like an architectural artifact speaking to an earlier era when the building wasn't used for excess medical supplies. These buildings are difficult for preservationists. Which part is significant? What if someone wants to remove the 40s storefront to reveal the 1910 storefront? They are less problematic for non-preservationists, who often live with disparate juxtapositions, and generally enjoy such strangeness side-by-side. Your downtown can be both Historic and Modern, the more stories you can tell with your buildings the richer they are.
1940s Heidi of New York Fur shoulder capelet coat- Robot Exchange
1940s Elinor Gay floral dress: Robot Exchange
white elbow length gloves: an estate
nude seamed stockings: Ebay
Teal spectator shoes: Miss L. Fire