3.28.2013

Before and after...


I know how much ya'll love a good before/after and I happen to find this one particularly inspiring. Here's the story...Tioga County Council on the Arts (where I work) is located in the heart of downtown historic Owego, NY. Our building was constructed in 1870 and was originally occupied by a bank. The Arts Council bought the building fourteen years ago and folks have worked really hard to bring it back to life. Unfortunately, as I've mentioned before, Owego, along with many surrounding communities, was devastated by a flood in 2011. As a result, the Arts Council lost their classroom and storage space. Thanks to many generous donors and grants (and a lot of elbow grease), that space has been beautifully renovated and this is it! 

As you can see from the before photos (see bottom of this post), the walls were covered in paneling, the floors were covered in (stinky) burnt orange carpeting, and there was a drop ceiling. Once all of that was removed, Brian Kennedy Contracting repointed all of the stone and brick and Ken Luby painted the floors and ceiling. Our furnace was moved to the first floor and flood-resistant wiring was installed throughout. 


I love this old Arts Council sign painted on glass and couldn't resist hanging it up as a nod to our past...


Even the stairway looks so much better! 


and now it's accessible...


Let's take a look at the before photos (afters on the right). I made an attempt to take the after photos from the same angle. Yikes...


A low railing took the place of a wall...


This is the pair of photos that really knocks it home for me. 


Now it's the perfect space for workshops and meetings. We have a full line-up of Spring workshops- click here for more information. Pretty fabulous, eh? 

8 comments:

Becky said...

What a wonderful renovation project! So heartwarming to read about the transformation and the donations of time, money, supplies & energy that went in to making it happen. Congrats!

Sarah said...

They did a great job!

Sarah

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Jane George said...

wow what a difference! x

The Belvedere- Alyssa said...

What a turn around! I can surely tell you are the one who decorated that dry erase board with the carrots! So glad your new job is an awesome fit!

3fstreet said...

great blog!

Epic Thread said...

Wow, dramatic before and after!

Jillian - http://epic-thread.blogspot.com

Julie Wasson said...

I love the exposed original rock foundation. Amazing job

Lesley said...

The space is beautiful now. I love the exposed brick and it seems so much more inviting and light! You and the rest of the team of helpers did an excellent job!

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