A Very Sad Loss By Lewis Place

Update: The site is indeed now a parking lot, as I predicted.

Built in 1898, the beautiful building across the street from the grand entrance to Lewis Place long anchored this corner, and provided a perfect architectural transition from the private residential street to the more bustling neighborhood surrounding it.

Last occupied by Bernie’s Place, I was shocked to discover that it had been completely gutted by a fire sometime in the last four months. What a shame.

Just look at that classically inspired window that curves around the facade of the building on the second floor.

Already surrounded by Ranken Tech’s parking lots, I strongly suspect that will be the future use of this wonderful building’s land.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Jeff says:


    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      My sentiments exactly, Jeff.

  2. samizdat says:

    I think it burned on Ranken’s spring break, in mid-March. The bar seemed to have closed last December or so, then it started to see some evening activity in February. Rather strange.

  3. Ann says:

    This makes me sad. I found it today… tragically beautiful.

  4. Mark says:

    ‘Tis part of the Ranken Parking Lot nowadays. I went by here on my bike in February and took a picture of the Le(w)is Place entrance across the street. I guess I was so taken in by the decor, I didn’t take any shots of the building. Went by in May and it was burnt down, so I took pictures. Went by in June/July with friends, and they didn’t believe anything was ever there.

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