Projects transform the communityPublished 4:58pm Tuesday, August 20, 2013
It’s no surprise a film crew for the HGTV show “You Live in What?” eventually found its way to Washington.
Our community certainly has its share of courageous people willing to transform unlikely spaces into local dream homes.
Cameras were rolling last week in and around two such places. You may have read about them both in the premiere issue of Washington the Magazine.
Scott Campbell and Bill Sykes created some of the finest residential spaces in downtown Washington in the 100-year-old Market Street building that once housed a fire station.
The two condos known as the Fire Station Lofts, which happen to be neighbors of the Washington Daily News office, are a shining example of what’s possible with a little ingenuity, creativity and the guts to take on a big project.
The renovated space was vibrant during a recent reception, harking back to a time when it bustled with guests during USO dances from the World War II era.
Across town, the building that was once Tayloe Hospital and later became Britthaven nursing home now serves as a grand living space for Beth and Chris Collier.
The interior designers renovated their remarkable space by blending old with new to create a unique style inside the historic brick building.
These two spaces may not be featured on television for another year, but Washington is already a more interesting place because of them.
And there are others, too. Tobacco warehouses. Armories. Wharfs.
Washington has no shortage of spaces rescued and rejuvenated by those with patience and vision. And it’s a better place because of it.
Let’s hope our city and county governments will continue to explore ways to encourage others to follow their lead.
Ashley Vansant is publisher of the Washington Daily News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.