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|Goldsmith's was Memphis' premier department store, and its old downtown building, stripped of its sheetmetal panel facade, is still one of the handsomest. Rechristened as Peabody Place, its mixture of store floors and warehouse loft space is now a functional mix of office, retail, apartment, and public space. And they're not done yet-- it's still growing.|
|Archicast was called in to repair
a fancy terra cotta window surround, for which contractor Metro
Construction threw up a substantial plastic greenhouse so winter wouldn't
stop work. Then we sculpted a large old stone block for reproduction as
a GFRC panel, and we reproduced a fancy swagged capital, and finally, and
by far the biggest job, we reproduced the large square capitals which appear
throughout the building. Many were missing or damaged. There were four sizes
to mold and make, and the largest required sculpting to satisfy the architects
Hnedak Bobo. These are laminated
GRG (glass reinforced gypsum), light and strong, made as four sides and
preassembled as halves.
I cannot tell my copies from the originals, which is how it should be.
|Here are the big halves, each assembled from two cast sides.||Assembled in place around columns in the building.|
|Here is the swagged and
garlanded capital we reproduced.
We cannot take credit for the paintjob.