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SB Spring Gets a Cleaning

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at 11:59AM
Spring Cleaning Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Regardless of how many times one sees it happen, the drastic change in a historic buildings appearance when it gets a little cleaning is still eye-catching. This week's makeover target is SB Spring, Barry Shy's residential conversion of 650 S. Spring. The building's been getting the power-washer treatment, and the two halves of the building's Spring street face provide a fun before and after view.

The building at 650 S. Spring opened in early 1925 as the Hellman Bank Building. The Hellman Commercial Trust and Savings Bank transported seven tons of silver from its previous location at 6th and Main to the new structure on February 1, 1925. The Spring street building cost $2,250,000, and was designed by Schultz & Weaver, the architects who designed the Biltmore hotel.

Shy bought the building as part of a three-building package in March of 2006. In the May Downtown News development issue, it was reported that the building would be completed around November.


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