Enos Park Homes Deconstructed to Save Historic Value – video from News Channel 20

Colorful pillars, siding, and doors give a neighborhood character that’s been around a while. “Some of the oldest houses in Springfield are right here in Enos Park,” Douglas Holt said. Realities of the present are starting to rot away at a piece of the past. “It looks like a garage and somebody just threw on a roof to make it look like a house,” Holt said of one building.

Boarded-up abandoned homes can be found along streets in this historic district. But what looks like a loss, is becoming a piece of found treasure. “There’s a lot of detail,” Chris Becker with the Enos Park Neighborhood Association said. “That’s the thing in some of these houses. You don’t even see it because it’s been painted over for years and years and years.” Becker shows us architectural items well over a hundred years old, recovered over the last four months, that are being stored at the old library branch off North Grand Avenue. “Here’s some old doors, you have columns from an old front porches, here are some old stair cases brought out,” Becker said.

Some of the items were brought out of the historic home on 821 N. 4th St. that will soon be brought down. It’s one of several that the Enos Park Neighborhood Association purchased. “Before we had the home demolished we were like, ‘Let’s take out everything that’s worth something and bring it here,'” Becker said. The plan is to do the same thing at two additional homes, deconstructing 80 percent of the building material that can then be sold and used again. “These are some of the first studs you see that they’re a lot beefier,” Becker said.
The idea is to eventually create a store to keep parts and pieces of history, when some of it comes down. “Besides things like this, it’s a pretty decent neighborhood,” Blakmore said. The goal is to open the store up by spring. The hope is to use the facility that used to be the library branch off North Grant.

The Enos Park Neighborhood Association has acquired seven abandoned properties. They plan to either tear down or rehabilitate each of them.

View the video at WICS Channel 20…

Deconstruction vs. Demolition – EPNIA January 2013 Monthly Meeting Tuesday, Jan 8, 7pm

Guest Speakers

Tom Napier, Karen Jacobs, Barry Jacobs, and Joe and Rebecca Dobbs
Chris Becker will update us on the progress with the architectural salvage store efforts.

Tuesday, January 8th, 7 pm
Assisi Room—St. John’s Hospital
More information: 217-494-6668

We have a great program for you Tuesday, Jan. 8th, at St. John’s Hospital, Assisi Conference Room, 7 p.m. As part of our theme for the coming year “Enos Park is going to be Clean and Green in 2013”, we have invited Tom Napier, President of the Building Materials Reuse Association, to explain “deconstruction” and how the neighborhood might adopt this approach in removing vacant and blighted property.

We currently have seven houses ready to be removed by the city over the next two months. We have already salvaged items we feel can be reused for renovation projects in the neighborhood but are considering the more expanded approach of trying to save the majority of all building materials.

In addition to Tom, we have invited Karen and Barry Jacobs, who are interested in creating a city wide movement of deconstruction, and our own neighborhood “deconstruction team”, Joe and Rebecca Dobbs, who stick by stick and brick by brick removed a vacant house next to theirs on North 8th Street (refer to their Facebook site, “Deconstructing 925”).

We’ll also have our newest Board member, Chris Becker, bring us up to date on the salvaging efforts he has undertaken on behalf of the Enos Park Development LLC as part of our Master Plan.

The January Banner identifies 10 goals for the coming year which all relate to our bigger theme, Clean and Green in 2013. We hope you’ll join us Tuesday night to find out more about these projects and how you can participate.

Please take a few minutes to visit two websites about deconstruction you may find interesting: