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I came across the brickwork design about five years ago in the course of real estate research. At the time, the installation was the backdrop for the wine selection at 'Downtown Bar, the last storefront establishment at 211 Pearl Street.

I have to admit that I do not have a formal background in art history. Since 2002 however, I have worked towards a complete historical analysis of 211 Pearl Street and the interior brickwork. The research has yeilded a theory of the brickwork design that is speculative, but offers concrete evidence to support an explanation of its meaning and author. It may not represent the whole or final truth, but it hopes to raise awareness of the issue and stimulate further research. Your input is valued. Is the theory, seemingly unconventional as it is, still possible? What other explanations come to mind? Is the document worthy of preservation?

Demolition, unexpectantly, also brought a new career. While watching the interior five floors of the building being torn out, I saw that the joists loaded onto flatbed trucks that were bound for M. Fine Lumber Co. of Brooklyn. Following those beams (4" x 14" Eastern White Pine) lead to work with reclaimed and certified wood, a niche of the lumber industry.

The position was a leap from a career in real esate, but I'd grown up in a related business - a family scrap metal company outside of Boston. The work of salvaging a piece of cultural history doesn't seem unrelated.

I attended Babson College and Boston University, graduating in 1986 with a BA in financial management.