It's fascinating to imagine the history of spaces that seem virtually untouched by time, like this stairwell in a downtown Providence office building. Yes, the railing could use a little TLC, but it's so nice that the details — like the cool graphic cutouts — haven't been lost to renovations over the years...
Our own apartment in a former turn-of-the-century three-story house is rumored to have been "saved" from any regrettable updates in the 1970s only by virtue of being occupied by squatters at the time. Eventually it was fixed up for two-family living, maintaining lots of original wood decoration along with a few sets of initials carved here and there. As renters, we're okay with that — it makes for an interesting conversation starter if nothing else — but if we were the owners, we're pretty sure we'd want to erase at least some of the building's past.
Do you know the history of the space you live in? Is it something you celebrate or have you started fresh (or at least wished that you could)?
(Images: Sarah Rainwater)