Workers from Coffelt Sign Company and Lore Hageman Construction pull down paneling to reveal the original brick front at Designs By Sharon Friday morning. The 703 Commercial St. building has been covered for more than 50 years.

The Emporia Gazette

Another downtown transformation is underway Friday morning.

Crews from Lore Hageman Construction and Coffelt Sign Company are busy pulling down the paneling and aluminum framing covering the original brick at Designs By Sharon, 703 Commercial St.

Owner Sharon Ewing said the paneling was installed in the 1970s. Check Saturday’s issue of The Gazette for more photos and details on this project.

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Many downtown buildings have "modern" facades that should be removed to make the area more attractive to new residents who would be brought in by renovations of second stories into apartments. Downtown Emporia is mostly a ghost town at night.


I wonder what they were thinking back then to panel the lovely brickwork? Did they want to look more modern? The town looks lovely in original brick. It's just a great looking town, and thanks Cory Haag for all your hard work and designs too.

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