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#21 Cotuit

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 05:21 PM

The shops on the west side of the street are Brick Market. They were quite the tourist place to be in the '80s, but seem to have gotten more and more people-free ever since. I never go there in tourist season, so I could be wrong about that in the summer.


Even a few years ago it was slightly hopping, last time I was down there (last tourist season) it was tumbleweeds. Too bad, it is not a terrible area.

 

#22 Gusterfell

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 07:27 PM

This building is finished. I still think the ground floor treatment is weird for a retail storefront:

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As I suspected, this building doesn't really stand out in either a positive or negative way among its neighbors. it's a nice, inoffensive addition to the streetscape. This could have been much worse.

Edited by Gusterfell, 24 August 2009 - 07:29 PM.


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Posted 25 August 2009 - 08:52 AM

Could have used more windows. Strange. Oh well.

#24 Cotuit

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 03:06 PM

I still think the ground floor treatment is weird for a retail storefront:


Yeah, it's called a window, get to know it. How strange.

#25 Lone Ranger

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 08:08 PM

The facade on the uppermost floor is just ugly, but that street-level facade is tragic.

If you can't get urban retail storefront right on Thames St., you can't get it right anywhere. Oh well, could've been worse, as you said. Thanks for the pics!

#26 Liamlunchtray

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 12:25 PM

There is nothing at all to indicate it is retail. Even the signage is totally vague - It could just as easily be some new-englandy name for an architectural firm or something. Retail Fail.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:50 PM

On a slightly off-topic note, notice that the upper floor of Chico's has received a traditional face-lift since the pictures I took last spring. I'm not sure when exactly this was done (Honestly, I just noticed today), but there has been a recent trend of such renovations to modern buildings on and near upper Thames. Brick Market Place across the street was repainted in colonial-inspired colors not long ago, and the 70's vintage Long Wharf Mall is currently having "ye olde" dormers installed.
 

 

In 1994-1996 (+/-1) I lived above Chico's.  I don't remember what it was back then.  Those sloping glass panels were definately there though.  If you look closely at the apex of that slope you can see a vertical section rising 4 feet or so.  This was the railing of my deck which was HUGE and extended way back.  You cannot see the actual appartment but I assure you it is there.  From that deck you could easily hop onto the roof of Banana Republic.  I painted a coral scene on the wall of HOS but no more than a month went by before the Newport Historical Society ordered it be to put back to original paint.  (If someone remembers that, my mind will be BLOWN.)  I became great friends with the owners of HOS, Andy and Greg and managed another of their stores named "The Souvenir Stop" across the way in Brick Market.  They actually owned 4 other shops along Thames Street. 

 

It's amazing to me and sad.  I moved to CA in 1998 and had not heard anything about this event till today.  I was searching a phone number for HOS to reconnect with Andy and Greg.


Edited by abacus, 27 June 2013 - 06:51 PM.





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