An upcoming business entering the Perry downtown district has teased the revitalization process of the building’s original architecture. Previously, the building was the host to Citizen State Bank.
After the purchase of the new building, Emily Leslie, Co-Owner of Backwards Properties LLC, teamed up with Perry Paint & Glass Co. to work on renovating several aspects of the building back to its original condition.
“Anybody can go to West Glen to the concrete buildings, but people come to small towns for the architecture and decor,” Emily Leslie, Co-Owner of Backwards Properties LLC.
The refreshed process has included the addition care to the previously gray-ridden square glass windows perched on the building. The windows, roughing around 100 years old, Leslie says, feature a luxfer tile made of amethyst glass.
Inspired by a Frank Lloyd Wright design, the amethyst glass has two different designs: a flat front surface and prisms that are arranged both upward and downward on the back. The glass was originally created back in the 1900’s.
The windows have a unique feature, Leslie said.
When the light shines through the window, the light is reflected upwards, casting light against the ceiling in contrast to focusing on the floor.
This method was created due to the underdevelopment of electricity, Leslie said.
“It’s really neat,” Leslie said. “When the sun shines through you can’t feel the heat.”
Perry Paint & Glass Co. owners set the windows in the building, bringing back the original look of the structure. Co-Owner of Perry Paint & Glass Co., Larry Moore had stumbled upon the original glass.
“We found some pieces of glass that was originally in the building,” Moore said. “We redid a piece of glass for it, we put the frame in and we’ll set the glass.”
When the frame was built, each tile was hand-cleaned, showing off its original violet color.
Upon setting the windows, Moore commented that the windows each weighed around 100 pounds.
In order to prevent the windows from any damage, Leslie said the windows were double-cased in both the front and back.
“I think that keeping true to your downtown main street really helps benefit the small town feel and brings back the nostalgic era,” Leslie said.
The next renovation project will include the fixture of the brick columns on the building, Leslie said.
C&D Masonry Incorporated Owner, Mark Devilbiss, said he will begin once the special-made 500 bricks arrive.
The goal of the project is to restore the columns in the front of the building back to its original appearance.
“Somebody had tore them off years ago and we’re going to put it back and make it look like how it used look,” Devilbiss said.
Devilbiss plans on beginning the project as soon as the bricks arrive.
“We had special brick for it, but as soon as they come in, we will lay up,” Devilbiss said.
The new business inside of the building has not been made public.