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The Nasby Building

Workers today were removing many of the "modern" black and white panels that have covered the Nasby Building since the 1950s (1960s? 1940s?). The amount of damage that was done to the building to put those panels on is now completely evident, and it isn't pretty.

But, on the bright side, there must be some plan for the building?

created by JohnnyMac on Nov 17, 2016 at 09:28:35 pm     Comments: 15

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First I've heard of a plan... This is a city owned building so those are city dollars at work. Any hear of any potential investors?

posted by upso on Nov 18, 2016 at 02:42:00 am     #  

upso posted at 01:42:00 AM on Nov 18, 2016:

First I've heard of a plan... This is a city owned building so those are city dollars at work. Any hear of any potential investors?

Maybe, if they have the Dave Balls to do it.

posted by JoeyGee on Nov 18, 2016 at 11:39:16 pm     #  

The building doesn't look safe. You can see the crumbling - with winter coming this seems like the wrong move. What if the removal of the panels causes more problems and dare I say it MONEY.

posted by Molsonator on Nov 19, 2016 at 09:54:23 am     #  

With all of the properties being picked up by promedica, I can see how it would make sense to make the building market ready, whatever that might mean. Similar in concept to the county clearing out the hotel on summit and then finding a buyer.

posted by upso on Nov 19, 2016 at 12:39:21 pm     #  

I'd 2nd the bad choice opinion removing the fake panelling with out weather proofing the building will speed it's demise.

posted by In_vin_veritas on Nov 19, 2016 at 03:05:54 pm     #  

It was safe enough for the Marines to use it for urban warfare training in 2006 and 2007. But the roof was leaking badly then when I was in it last and I thought the top floor was suspect. But I'm no building engineer.

posted by MemyselfandI on Nov 19, 2016 at 03:32:32 pm     #  

I am more worried about chunks of cement/brick falling off as water freeze and thaws in the cracks. It looks that bad.

posted by Molsonator on Nov 19, 2016 at 03:39:59 pm     #  

The owner of The Blade in the 1860's was David Ross Locke, who wrote the "Nasby Letters", a series of satirical writings on the Civil War, some of which were quoted by Abraham Lincoln. I assume this was who the building was named after?

posted by Molsonator on Dec 03, 2016 at 09:42:06 am     #  

This is pretty amazing: http://www.shorpy.com/node/10135
If you click on the high res you can see the Pythian castle. http://www.shorpy.com/node/10135?size=_original#caption

No way they will ever be able to restore it to that level of grandeur but damn that building was beautiful!

Anyone have any updates on the plans to renovate?

posted by upso on Jun 14, 2017 at 09:27:43 pm     #   1 person liked this

As cool as that portion is (and it's really, really cool), I think the Wagner/Security half of it (not yet added in that picture) is far and away the coolest part of it, and possibly one of the coolest buildings in the city. Elaborate cast iron gates leading up a marble staircase, to a room with ceilings that must be 25-30 feet tall, gigantic floor to ceiling arched windows, and incredible detailing in the ceiling. All in a room that had been "refurbished" sometime in the 60s with drop ceilings.

posted by Johio83 on Jun 15, 2017 at 12:18:23 am     #  

I'm not very proficient with the picture embedding on here, but I hope this is visible to everyone. This is in the Wagner/Security portion of the building. For scale, the very bottom of this picture is the top of the 8' tall stud framing from when they turned this into offices with high drop ceilings.

posted by Johio83 on Jun 15, 2017 at 12:31:02 am     #  

*with 8' high drop ceilings

The 60s really were just a terrible time for architecture...

posted by Johio83 on Jun 15, 2017 at 12:32:28 am     #   1 person liked this

upso posted at 09:27:43 PM on Jun 14, 2017:

This is pretty amazing: http://www.shorpy.com/node/10135
If you click on the high res you can see the Pythian castle. http://www.shorpy.com/node/10135?size=_original#caption

No way they will ever be able to restore it to that level of grandeur but damn that building was beautiful!

Anyone have any updates on the plans to renovate?

that is a stunning shot. the castle looks amazing in the background.

posted by endcycle on Jun 15, 2017 at 08:26:29 am     #