Reuse old buildings: Finding New Purpose in Unique Spaces
We live in a time where if something is broken, we toss it. We are no longer a culture of “fixers” but a community of “wasters”. Have you ever tried to reuse old buildings? I haven’t. How long does it take for you to buy the newest iPhone even though your old one probably still works just fine! When was the last time you repaired something that was broken? Of you say, “within the last year” Cheers to you, that is awesome! That is not of most of us though!
We live in a disposable society. It’s easier to throw things out than to fix them. We even give it a name – we call it recycling. Neil LaBute
Michael and I recycle as often as possible. We recycle everything from aluminum, glass, paper and to plastics, but we still see so much waste around us. That point brings me to our blog post for the week. I want to showcase businesses who have managed to restore old buildings to new structures! In doing so, these companies add to the economy, jobs and services and reduces stress on our natural resources. This might even turn into a fun series, later.
Do you ever see an abandoned building and think, “If I owned this, I would reuse old buildings and turn it into this or that!”? Pensacola, FL has taken numerous spaces and remade them into a different function. I have found 5 incredible spots that showcase this and are perfect for this first installment of unique spaces.
1.Wisteria Tavern: Located on the scenic, tree-lined 12 Avenue, this white shed started out as a grocery and supply store sometime in the late 1920’s to early 30’s. Now, it is a thriving bar, serving only beer and decorated with Christmas lights and neon signs. Wisteria Tavern will continue serving its patrons in this residential zone. 3808 N 12th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32503
2.East Hill Market and Cafe: What was once a gas station on a bustling 9th Avenue, is now a market and eatery. Our favorite dishes include the meatballs, beef brisket, and any of the sandwiches! 1216 N 9th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32501
3.The Rex: Downtown Palafox street, offers an array of activities to indulge in. In 1939, the Rex Theatre was the place to catch movies on a Friday night. Now, residents can be found praying and worshiping on Sundays in this new church and event center. The newly renovated Rex, is home to Generation Church, previously called Harvest. The church partakes in community outreach projects all over the city. 18 N Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32502
4.The Vineyard on 12th: The Vineyard on 12th Avenue is a fun place to go for wine and appetizers. Dine outside on the gated lawn or play a game of corn hole underneath twinkle lights. This charming date spot use to be the Pensacola Hospital. The hospital was opened in September 1915 as the first and oldest Catholic hospital in Florida. Now, the cafeteria has been converted into this restaurant’s kitchen and wine hall. This is my favorite example of how to reuse old buildings! 1010 North 12th Avenue.
5. B&W BBQ: Do you enjoy a good BBQ feast? Well, head down Scenic Hwy to B&W BBQ, for a BBQ feast inside an old gas station. It is run by Chef Cowboy, a 5-star chef who whips up deliciousness on the smoker! They have a rule at B & W, first time customers must sample all their meats, chicken, ribs, pulled pork before deciding what to get! 8101 Scenic Highway Pensacola, Florida
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Are there any places in your hometown or from your travels, that stood out as being a unique space?
Reuse let people know we that we were treating old buildings with respect. -Jim Goring, Architect
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