1920s Main Street gem undergoes a facelift

Main St. renovation

The owner of this 1920s commercial building on Main Street is restoring the structure’s original appearance.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 03:02 PM.

CRESTVIEW — With the flap of a vinyl strip, a gentle shower of plaster dust and a clatter of dislodged wooden furring strips, a downtown architectural gem long hidden behind a plastic façade was once more unveiled.

The single-story commercial building on the 200 block of Main Street, now the site of Brad Stewart's law practice, is receiving a complete restoration. A $9,000 Community Redevelopment Agency façade improvement grant administered by the Main Street Crestview Association is partially funding restoration of the building's exterior, which is estimated to cost $18,000.

"My family is one of the pioneering families in the area," Stewart said. "We're excited about tackling this project and what the final result will be."

Most interior renovation of the 1928 building, which appears on the National Register of Historic Places, is completed, Stewart said. The high ceiling is hand-planed tongue-and-groove pine. A period light fixture hangs in the lobby’s reception area. The floor is newly milled heart pine.

"We try to keep everything era-specific as best we could," Stewart said.

Some of the interior walls are reclaimed period brick. The conference room’s wooden door features carved wood ornamentation and is set with a large, stained glass window. Janet Hurst, a member of the local Gilliland family, gave Stewart the door, which used to hang in the family's home.

As workers from Brad Stewart's brother Jeremy Stewart's general contracting firm pulled down vinyl siding strips from the Main Street façade, thick stucco, painted deep maroon, was revealed.

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