Random Observations – Part 8

More overlooked structures and architectural details to contemplate….


Limestone and granite frame a former bank entrance dating to the 1880’s.


A delightfully Art Deco spandrel on a public building from the 1930’s.


Although it is sad that this house is being demolished, it is good to see that the materials are being carefully salvaged for re-use rather than simply being bulldozed as happens too frequently.


Patterned Queen Anne brickwork and fanciful cast iron contrast interestingly with the more sober stone facade next door.


Scars in the masonry show that the side of this building once had taller windows – two of which were projecting bays.


Even a lowly ventilation grille can be memorable when thoughtfully designed.


The long, low, look of the mid-20th century is captured by this covered walkway.


Wires, sky, and stone.


Detail of 1880’s cast iron storefront with original wood doors.


Window in alleyway.


A portionĀ of a cast iron storefront peeks out from beneath a much later facade.




3 Responses to Random Observations – Part 8

      • Very cool, thanks for sharing! I have not seen that one. It’s surprising how wide a variety of styles are shown. It’s clearly heavy on Queene and and Eastlake (my faves), but still a fair bit of Italianate carryovers (the octogan newels, half-rounded door panels, etc). I guess looking back it’s easy to put the major styles in narrow, exclusive times, but in reality, changes in style were more gradual.

        I did find a later one that has some of the doors and millwork from our current house. I don’t know that it was sourced from this dealer, as the more common stuff was made by many mills, but being here in the same city, it seems likely.


        What I would give to be able to order any of this and build a new house with it! I don’t think I could give up the modern comforts, healthcare, or social justice that we’ve gained since then, though.

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