CHICO, Calif. - A downtown Chico building is in the process of transforming back to its original look from the 1900s
People driving through downtown Chico on Monday may have noticed a large crane dropping wooden beams. That construction was just the first step toward a new feature for the city.
Chico City Manager Mark Orme said the property owner wanted to bring historical architecture back to the building.
"At some point in the city's history somebody took off all the gingerbread from the building and really brought it back down to a more plain look," Orme said. "It still looks beautiful. It's a historic building but nonetheless, when you add in all the architectural elements they used to be proud of back in the early 1900s it's going to be a wonderful addition to the downtown."
Because of this development, Orme said it opened the doors for expansion as well.
The project will include the expansion of the top of the Diamond Hotel and an expansion of the Raw Bar restaurant below. Raw Bar will not feature an outdoor patio area.
Below is a photo of what the development from the perspective of the west-side: