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Letter: Sycamore building projects looking good

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Having just come off of a pleasant art sale experience at the renovated Sycamore Depot, I have been put in a mind to write in praise, for a change.  Many of my editorial letters are rants, honest and heartfelt though they may be.

Now let me rave in praise, something that I have been thinking about doing for some time about the good restoration and building aesthetic decisions made here in Sycamore.

The Sycamore Depot, for one, has been rescued, not only by simply keeping it, but by the finely crafted exterior reconstruction and useful and tasteful interior it now has. It simply looks beautiful. It is a gift to the city and community in honor of the past railroad heritage that put Sycamore on the map. 

I enjoy thinking about the fact that much of the construction materials that made my Sycamore home probably were shipped through that very hub.

I also want to commend, albeit belatedly, the DeKalb County constituents for supporting the addition to rather than repurposing of the Courthouse building in the last two years.  Visually, the addition is another stunner in its keeping with the original style of the building and, once again, by honoring the soulful heritage of the Courthouse landmark; marvelously vintage and familiar feeling for its contemporary bones.

In fact, I am pleased overall with the more tasteful facades and construction in Sycamore of late, including:  the new strip of commercial spaces offered at State and California and the Sycamore Police Station as annexed to the upgraded Fire Station. Nice work!

Keep up the good work, Sycamore.  In a world of cold and beige aesthetics, we are looking sharp and rightfully feeling good about it. I do.

Julie Sorensen


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