I have my own history surrounding the mill. I grew up blocks away. Walking the railroad tracks that run directly in front of the mill was the path I took almost every evening during the winter, my ice skates draped over my shoulder. The city still freezes over the park and maintains a warming shelter for skaters. It used to have a well-worn wooden ramp that took you from the wood stove inside the warming house out onto the ice.
The mill affords Madison an opportunity to broaden the Garden's reputation as well as the city's.
1. Does the proposed rehabilitation preserve the building's historic heritage
2. Is the proposal architecturally significant
3. Does it generate monies for the city through tax revenue
4. Does it generate monies for the community through jobs and expenditures from entities outside the immediate community
5. Does it benefit the general population of the city
Mechanisms intrinsic to the building were saved and incorporated into the new designs.
Madison is a city with its own unique clientele and shopping patterns. It is a difficult task to get westsiders to come east and eastsiders to go west. Design and home décor vendors have a rough go of it. Restaurants proliferate almost as fast as rabbits. If food is not an integral part of the mill project I don't see it succeeding.
THE IDEAL BODY SHOP
Lewis Hine, photographer
Represented by Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC