512 South Broad Street
|Mystery AND Butt-Fugly? FUUUUUuuuuuuuuuuuuuu...|
Broad and South should be a mighty corner in this city, instead its just a huge disappointment.. one nice-looking building (Arts Bank), a huge empty lot (about to be covered by an ugly building), a mangled-up church, and this Factory of Forgettable Fuck-ups. The problem with this building is... no one seems to know exactly when it was built and who the fuck designed it.
The northwest corner of Broad and South used to be home to the so-called "Red Mansion", also known as the Barton Mansion, along with its big-ass sideyard.
|If it WAS red, there's no way to know.|
|It all the way to the left.|
|There it is on the left in this pic of the Johnson/Darley Mansion in 1936.|
This leaves the eternal question... who or what was the building's first occupant? Who was the fucking architect? Why were the huge windows reduced in size down to little portholes? It's a goddamn mystery. The ground floor of the facade now has these silly images on it that say "Question. Learn. Change." on them. To me, they mean: Question where this building came from, Learn what the facade is supposed to look like, and Change the facade to make it look nice again.
Anyone out there know the origin of this building!?!?!? Help!!!