The former home of the Lindenhoff restaurant on Preston is a typical c 1902 brick house that has seen many conversions into businesses and restaurants. The Lederhosen is now gone for a hike, along with the Linden tree silhouette, the rabbit and boar on the menu, and taking Scamp from the signboard.
While walking by the building at 268 Preston I noticed that the brickwork had been “patched” or “repaired” by the addition of a stucco coat of cement down the north side. The new stuff is just above the pink band of cement that coats the foundation, perhaps to “modernize” it from limestone blocks to a concrete look.
From the street, it looks like a bad patch job.
Up closer, the patch reveals some additional artifice:
There’s a hunter, a star, dots, and other patterns.
The patterns in the cement include the name of the new restaurant tenant (two*six*ate Preston, Krate restaurant). They also applied some old boards to the front façade of the building, which then makes me wonder if this is really a repair that was salvaged a bit by some applique artwork, or maybe this was deliberately applied to the brick just for the purpose of making modern petroglyphs. A building with tattoos.
From the street, though, it still looks like a sh*tty patch job.
What do you think?