Working with old and historic buildings is often a lesson in patience. So when I came across this time-lapse video of the old Opera House in Stewardson, Illinois, having its galvanized iron facade carefully removed, it was refreshing to imagine it all happening in a matter of seconds.
As background, the old opera house was slated for demolition by the Village of Stewardson - who agreed to allow its Mesker Brothers galvanized iron facade to be salvaged for reuse on a fire-damaged main street building in neighboring Arcola, Illinois. See the completed building below:
The restored and relocated facade in Arcola, Illinois. (Photo: Darius Bryjka)
Check out the Mesker Brothers blog for more about the building and the type of facade seen in the video.
David Garber is the blog editor at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.