The Slow Death of a Stunning Building

Update: The building continued to sit in a severely deteriorated state in the July of 2018.

I have no idea what Mr. Titsworth, the owner of this stately storefront and accompanying apartment building, has in mind for his property, but I do not approve of it.

Easily one of the most architecturally inventive buildings in the city, it could teach today’s mediocre architects a few things about design. In particular, it revels in its curved lot; instead of plopping a rectangular building down, the architect chose to articulate the building to the curve of Fountain Park. See it from 4.5 years ago here, when I last photographed the building.

This interesting arch connecting the two buildings shows a little Louis Sullivan influence in its terracotta details. The accompanying apartment building fits in perfectly with its neighbor.

Apparently someone believes E. Coli is a danger in the property. “BOSE” is a tag I have seen throughout the city.

The interior seems to have been damaged by fire, and you can look down into the cellar.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. So many wonderful buildings with doubtful futures. Sad.

  2. Kels says:

    I have never seen this! Where is it?

  3. Kels says:

    I found it 🙂

  4. samizdat says:

    I see (L)ittle (D)ouche has made his/her/its parasitic presence known.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      For a second I couldn’t understand what you meant, but you’re referring to the tags, right?

      1. samizdat says:


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