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Renovation Diary: Indian Village Manor

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We'll follow the renovation of a 2,400-square-foot condo in a 1921 building.

Over the next month, we'll be following the restoration of a condo in Indian Village Manor on East Jefferson. Built in 1921, the building features 89 units, none of which share a common wall (it's really quiet in there!).

The unit we're following was bought in June 2015. It's 2,400 square feet with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a solarium. 5B had not been updated in years. They know the last kitchen renovation was in 1956, and according to Linda G, who's leading the team, it didn't look like anything else had been updated since then, either.

The entire team on the project has been operating within the context "We are polishing a gem!" and they've done everything they can to keep the original features intact.

Here's a video of the initial walk through last spring.

Since then, the team has restored the red oak wood floor, original 1921 French Door windows and Pulley windows, original Standard cast iron/porcelain tubs, terrazzo floor, 1956 Youngstown metal cabinets, plaster walls, plaster crown molding, decorative ceiling plaster work, and metal medicine cabinets. They did extensive work to the walls, which had so many holes in them.

Here's a look at some of the shots from their first walk through. You'll notice the kitchen is ... not great.


At this time, the team is about four weeks out from finishing. Each week, we'll bring you a little more progress. Next week we'll see initial demo and discoveries in the unit. We'll end the series early next month when the team is finished and ready to reveal their work.