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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Revival of an old Chinese building

Do you remember when my friend first moved to Isleton and I took some pictures of some of the buildings on the main street in town? One of the buildings was the Bing Kong Tong Society Building.
And this was the condition it was in until the beginning of last year. 
Well... take a look at it now.
This is what a few dedicated people can do with the help of ...
... its local Historical Society, stabilization grants, SHRA(Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency ) and The California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE).
The inside still needs to be finished but this may be the beginning of saving these old buildings from falling into decay.
This building has been restored to its former historical splendor, with gold leafed wood symbols on the second floor that were meticulously recreated by a local artisan who lives in town.
The attention to details was considerable, right down to the light fixtures and metal siding.
This building now represents Isleton's history with the respect it deserves.

6 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos! What a beautiful day it was.
    xoxo

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  2. What an outstanding job they did! I love old buildings and this should definitely be done more often everywhere! Lest our history disappear :(

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  3. Wow what a wonderful restoration. Beautiful just beautiful. I am speechless. Have a great and blessed day. Madeline

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  4. I have a heart for old buildings. I pass a once-grand old house on my way to work that I wish desperately someone would restore. Oh, to be independently wealthy and have the skills to do it myself!

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  5. I am so happy to see this! I used to go to Isleton once in a while when I lived in Elk Grove, which was about 40 years ago. It is a fascinating place. Tina

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  6. What a beautiful renovation!! It is heartwarming to see an old building brought back to life for the community. Well done.

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