Crimes Against Architecture (Or Someone Needs to Renovate Now)

I wanted to be an architect when I was young. I’m not saying the world would be a better place if I had followed that dream, but two film degrees later, I still can’t shake my obsession with structures. I can’t look at a building without envisioning ways to improve it.

Whether it’s just a facelift to improve the curb appeal, a sketch for an addition, or full on fantasies about jackhammers, crowbars, and drywall, my mind never stops working — particularly as I’m walking my dogs around the neighborhood.

Maybe it’s because there are so many buildings in Hollywood that are in need of my enthusiasm and my arsenal of power tools. Or Maybe it’s just an unsatisfied dream. I’m not sure, but either way, I can’t stop dreaming about making Hollywood a prettier place, one dump at a time.

Here are my nominations for places in need of a little love. And Imagination.

I mean, these places represent some serious crimes against architecture presently.

Never mind that this place looks like a frat house. It has potential!

Obviously, it needs a new roof and new paint, among other improvements, but there is a lot to love here.

Just a few houses down, is another structure in need.

The things I could do to this place….

Forget about the plywood in the windows for a second and the peeling paint and just look at the potential.

Do you fantasize about renovating things or is it just me?

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6 thoughts on “Crimes Against Architecture (Or Someone Needs to Renovate Now)

  1. I have decided that our similarities are starting to freak me out a bit! 🙂 First thing I wanted to be when I grew up was an architect at 7 years old. Loved old buildings — still do! (Stopped wanting to be one when I realized math was a big part of the job — plus changed my focus to wanting to be a paleontologist). Honestly, it is a good thing that you are a Michigan fan — at least I know there is one thing about you that is very different from me! 🙂

      • Yeah, most of my floor plans have since been tossed — though I kept the dream house plan that my dad said that I could only afford to build if I married a doctor and then took all his money and divorced him, and then married my divorce lawyer. LOL. Now, I mainly use my grid paper for designing our landscaping. 🙂

  2. Every day… I did my 8th grade career report on being an architect. Needless to say that dream died in 8th grade. You don’t need to have a degree to appreciate the beauty of homes, neighborhoods, or cities. Lucky for us, we don’t need degrees to fix them up either… some money always helps though!

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