We’ve begun the ‘finish work’ at the El Moore. Cupboards are being added to the kitchens, repurposed lath has been added to the walls of the rooftop cabins, and mantles are being constructed for the fireplaces, among other things. Let’s take a look at the first work of 2015.
At a certain point in any construction project you begin to notice things coming together, and you view the project in a different way. You are able to identify the building as something greater than the sum of its parts. This week I believe we reached that tipping point. The addition of cobblestones and permeable
A big change this week was the addition of cement in our parking lot and walkways. Photos include our new parking lot, the drive into the lot and the walkway up to the elevator tower. New red sandstone balcony supports were added to existing supports. Finishing touches are also being added to the inside, like
This episode of our podcast series Stories of the El Moore shares the stories about the new Greenhouse building at the El Moore project in Detroit. It is part of a larger project to explore the nature of sustainable urban living centered on an 1898 abandoned apartment building in a small neighborhood in Detroit. It describes
We’re starting to see more dramatic, finished changes to the El Moore. The biggest addition this week was the pouring of the parking lot (just in time before the freezing weather set in!). In the greenhouse, a new stone base wraps around the exterior, taken from sandstone curbs that had been removed from nearby Prentis
The Rooftop Cabins, perched atop the historic El Moore building, may be the most creative and controversial element of our renovation project. In Episode 1 of our podcast collection, “Stories of the El Moore,” we explain the series of decisions that led to the current design of the Rooftop Cabins, even how they got their name.
This past week we saw the alley taking form with the exposed aggregate section extending from the alley to Second Avenue. Gravel is down in the parking lot area, a final step before cement is poured. The front steps, long damaged, were removed and will be replaced. In the meantime, the old front steps are being
Although progress is continuing inside the building, this week we’ll once again focus on the exterior work taking place. Winter will be here soon enough, shifting the focus to the interior work. In the meantime, the green alley, fence posts and elevator tower were the targets of intense work this week. The alley has been