This house, turned seemingly unoccupied apartment building, in the 1700 block of Bellefontaine Street, is the perfect example of what not to do when converting a historic property. Not only is it visually offensive in almost every possible way, but its deferred maintenance and hap-hazard construction present huge liabilities for the future. The misery of this sad building seems to have no end. Much like the mange-covered poodle at the pound, this American Four Square has little hope to be adopted (rehabbed into a useable building).
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.
– John Donne