McOuat: Before and after

November 4, 2010
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The scaffolding is coming down from the façade of the McOuat Building at 14 E. Washington St. after a five-month exterior renovation project. More on the redevelopment by Summit Realty principals Bill Ehret and John Demaree is available here. What do you think? (IBJ Photos / Perry Reichanadter)McOuat AfterMcOuat Before

  • Gorgeous
    Can't wait to see it with all the scaffolding gone!
  • Nice
    This is a nice project and long overdue. I cannot wait to see it in person.
  • Thank you
    The building is in such a high-profile location; Washington Street deserves a beautiful structure. Thank you to Bill and JD.
  • Premature Question
    Since most of the scaffolding is still up in the picture and the photograph was taken from the base of the building, it's a little hard to tell the outcome. I suggest doing this again when the facade is clear, and taking the photo from Borders' second floor across the street for a better view.
  • Catchy new ad
    I like their ad seeking new tenants:
    "You wanna do it in McOuat?"
    I said, what-what.
  • Very Nice
    Looks like a street scape from NYC.
  • Name Change?
    Was this building formerly named McQuat?
  • Same Name
    No, that's been the name for some time.
  • Major Improvement
    This building is visible from my office and I can't emphasize what a major improvement this is. I see they're adding windows to the west side and I'm still unclear what they're going to do with the brick on that side. That said, cheers for taking a real eye-sour and transforming it. Can I assume that the really ugly mural at street level will disappear? I hope so.
  • Responding...
    My understanding of the building name question: Many including the building owners thought it was McQuat based on the sign atop the building but a descendant of the McOuat family got in touch to correct them and provide more information about its history.
  • pronounciation?
    Is McOuat pronounced "MC-WAT"?
    • Mc-U-Ette
      Correct pronunciation, at least for the 21st century America, is Mc-U-Ette, or McHewitt, without pronouncing the H. I think back in Scotland it was probably McOoat.
      It is NOT McCowat or McQuat - PLEASE!
      • Ironmaster
        Do you know about The Ironmaster of New York?
        My family history includes McOuats from Scotland ... came through Quebec I have been told. I heard there is a family home of the Ironmaster - a McOuat- still in New York.
        • Just getting back to you...
          Hi! Actually, McOuat is my married name, but my husband's family is related to McOuats who immigrated directly from Scotland and married the daughter of Lockerbie, of Lockerbie Square fame. They owned that building in Indianapolis way back when and ran an ironworks business from it. I don't think they're related to any Canadian or New York McOuats, maybe very distantly! Thanks for the message!!

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