Idea! A basic term in the
Secretary of the Interior's Standards is "Character
Defining Element." Here you see a
valve wheel and two indicator posts at the former Grinnell Company Site on
West Morehead Street. The Grinnell Company manufactured and
distributed fire fighting equipment, such as shown in the picture.
The Secretary of the Interior's Standards say that these should be saved
because they defined the historic character of the site.
Idea! This is an example
of what you do not have to keep. The drop ceiling and the partition
walls are clearly of recent origin and do not, therefore, define the
historic character of the building. It is appropriate to remove
Idea! This door on the
second floor of the Grinnell Office Building is definitely original.
It must be retained, because it defines the historic character of the
building. Doors, original hardware, light fixtures, etc., are
significant elements of a property.
Idea! The flooring in the
interior of this textile mill is a character defining
cannot be removed. It would be possible to remove it, lay a concrete
pad, and put the flooring back. Also notice the enclosed office on
the far left. Again, that must be retained and used in the new
development. The overhead vents and ductwork are not original.
can be replaced.
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