R. I. P. 1017 Mechanic, Emporia, KS
Yesterday, I did a post about the demolition of five historic houses for…a parking lot.
1017 Mechanic was one of the five, and I previously included it in a post about porches.
What captured my special attention about 1017 was its surviving original porch. While the house had been mussed with a bit (1950s siding, new porch railings), the fact that the 19th-century porch survived was impressive.
It would not have taken much to restore the exterior, and the house would have been a very sweet charmer.
As I noted, parking lots do not make for great cities.
Cool old house, and density, does.
Mechanic Street is one block from Emporia’s main street, Commercial. Having housing close to a main street is highly desirable; the more the better. When a large residential population is adjacent to a main street, there are more customers for restaurants, bars, stores, theaters, and all the cool things which make main streets so interesting.
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