Wrought Iron design
Santa Maria Library benching its benches
Removal part of effort to ready for birthday celebration
by Niki Cervantes
Dave Kell of the City of Santa Maria Streets and Facilities Division hammers in bolts Friday to hold down the new wrought-iron chairs in front of the Santa Maria Public Library. Three concrete benches were removed to prevent homeless from sleeping on them.
To spruce up for its fifth birthday celebration, the Santa Maria Public Library is removing something that just didn’t age well — its outside benches. Instead of being used by the public at large, the three concrete benches in the library’s front plaza became favored spots for the homeless, people stretching out for long naps, skateboarders and cyclists, officials said.
Not everyone considered them an inviting ambiance, said city Librarian Mary Housel. “Some of our patrons were feeling uncomfortable walking into the library,” Housel said. “We want to welcome everyone.”
Back when the new library was being built, supporters paid $2,500 each for the “naming rights” to the benches. Each bench had a name plate attached to it with the name of the donor.
On Friday, the banished benches were replaced with a dozen wrought-iron chairs, scattered throughout the plaza in small groups that officials hope will encourage conversation among visitors — and discourage misuse, including extended stays by the homeless and others, said Alexander Posada, the city’s director of recreation and parks.
“If they want to sleep, they’d have to do it sitting up,” he said. The chairs also won’t be as enticing for skateboarders, who were using the benches as jumps.
Another problem with the benches, Posada said, was that they looked “harsh.” The new seating will better match the Spanish-style plaza’s wrought-iron light fixtures and trash cans. “They will be more eye pleasing,” he said.
It’s the kind of problem common to public plazas in cities everywhere, both Posada and Housel noted. But officials decided to bench the library’s benches as staff began to clean up for its birthday bash in August.
As for the benches themselves, their fate is still unfolding. The talk now is that the benches, and their name plates, might be relocated to a private patio used by the library staff. The question is whether the original naming rights agreements require that the benches be in a public area. Officials are researching that now.
“We don’t want to misstep,” said Mark van de Kamp, a city spokesperson.
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The sophisticated 3 gallon Beverage Dispenser features a timeless wrought iron base with a Tuscan European feel. The elegant beverage dispenser has the beloved apothecary style lid, with an ever sturdy turn spout in metal.
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Wrigley renovation deal nearly complete
by David Kaplan
Crains Chicago Business writer Danny Ecker updates Kap and Carm about the progress on the planned renovations for Wrigley Field, including the proposed bridge over Clark Street, the likelihood of an approval, and other issues associated with changing the stadium.
Much of the exterior surrounding Wrigley Field’s landmark marquee would be restored to how it appeared in the 1930s, including restoring windows, terra cotta and wrought-iron fencing to the stadium’s facade. There also would be an expanded terrace off the stadium’s upper deck above the marquee.
The Hazelton Hotel : wrought iron railing and stainless steel design in the one of the 16 residential units
Rare, $4-million Yorkville condo spans nearly 3,000 sq. ft. to include private elevator, 3 balconies and a library
Rarely available, this two-bedroom, four-bathroom condo unit is now listed for sale for over $4 million, as one of the 16 residential units situated in this multi-award winning building called The Hazelton Hotel.
“The five-star hotel and condo building has had a team of renowned experts behind its creation. The respected firm of Page & Steele Architects designed this limestone building, the first floors having a red brick façade to blend in well with the existing 19th century neighbourhood houses. The upper floors step back and are a tan-coloured stucco,” says listing agent David Knox.
“The premiere custom residential builder in Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida, F. Brennan Design Build Inc. customized the finishes for the residential units. Unlike other luxury buildings in Toronto, the residential floors provide for private elevators, floor-to-ceiling windows and substantially column free space to permit virtually complete freedom of design. All public spaces such as the lobby, as well as the hotel suites were decorated and designed by well-known interior designer Yabu Pushelberg,” says Knox.
He goes on to explain how Mark McEwan, the chef of two of Toronto’s most prestigious restaurants will be in charge of the hotel’s restaurants, room service and private catering, which residents can fully enjoy.
The welcoming and sophisticated lobby features decorative metal screens and leather panelled walls, as well as a cove ceiling.
There are three meeting rooms in the building, totaling 3,400 sq. ft. of space — an event room, a 26-seat movie screening room and a private boardroom. The building also boasts a private dining room.
Other amenities include an indoor pool with imported mosaic tile, a state-of-the-art equipped fitness centre, a world-class spa, car wash, 24-hour room service, housekeeping service, 24-hour concierge, child care, pet grooming and walking, and a 24-hour house doctor.
A private elevator leads to this suite that features three balconies. The oversized entry door opens to the large foyer with a limestone floor, double closet, pot lights and a powder room. The living room has floor-to-ceilings panoramic windows with city views, a hardwood floor, a double French door walkout, pot lights and a marble fireplace with an enclave for a large-screen TV.
Combined with the living room is the dining room with a hardwood floor, pot lights, panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, and a double French door walkout.
Highlight of the kitchen include a limestone floor, stone counter and centre island/breakfast bar with double sinks and task lighting, and stainless steel appliances with a gas stove top.
The adjoining breakfast area features a limestone floor, pot lights, a full wall of built-in cabinetry and shelves, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a double French door walkout to the balcony. The balcony has a wrought iron rail and planters, large enough for small trees.
The spacious master bedroom has a hardwood floor, a double French door walkout to a balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows, a walk-in closet with built-in organizers, and six-piece ensuite and a four-piece ensuite.
The second bedroom has a hardwood floor, walkout to balcony and a four-piece ensuite.
There is a library with French doors, floor-to ceiling windows, two walls of built-in cabinetry and shelves, and a hardwood floor. There is also a laundry room with a walkout, and and a utility room.
Luxury with a French influence
Located in Carlton Woods, this massive estate is constructed in the French Renaissance style and spans more than 30,000 square feet. Lush landscaping and wooded scenery surrounds the more than 4-acre property, which includes four custom wrought iron gates and a circular, double-wide driveway.
Over 4 acres of extensive landscaping and natural woods which is fully fenced with brick columns and iron fencing. Has 4 custom wrought iron gates on the property ,2 front entrances and 2 side entrances with circular double wide Paver drives.
The interior features massively high ceilings, column structures and an open floor plan that includes a great room and custom gourmet kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and granite countertops.
The 3,000-plus square foot master bedroom exemplifies a Mediterranean tone with a sitting area as well as fireplace.
Built in 2006, the estate also offers unique bedroom suites such as a Grand Florentine showcase, Harlow Suite, an African-influenced room and VIP Suite.
Located on the second floor, a game room provides endless entertainment with a shuffleboard, pool table and access to the balcony overlooking the outer grounds.