Once home to HG Hills Food Store in the early 1900s, an Archway Cookies factory, and a woodworking factory, 1628 Fatherland Street, Nashville, Tennessee is now home to one of my favorite chocolatiers, Olive & Sinclair.
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Nashville-based DAAD Architects under Nick Dryden were brought on this project to ensure the circa-1890 building’s historic bones would be preserved, while creating a functional factory. The updated space features elements such as glass deco-lighting from a 1930’s schoolhouse, a gothic communion table from the early 1900‘s serving as the factory’s retail counter, factory pendant lighting was repurposed from an army barracks outside Atlanta , even repurposed wood floors sourced from a neighboring house in Lockeland Springs. READ MORE
Student Building, Indiana University
Located in the Old Crescent, the Student Building was built in 1906 and originally housed a gymnasium, parlor, pool, and auditorium for student recreation. It was designed by Vonnegut & Bohn, an architectural firm active in early- to mid-twentieth-century Indianapolis, Indiana. Today the Anthropology and Geography departments are located here.
Indiana University Franklin Hall circa 1908- Bloomington, Indiana
“A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond lift.” John Milton
Located in the historic center of IU’s Bloomington campus known as the “Old Crescent,” Franklin Hall housed one of the first libraries on campus and is currently an administration building.
A weekend in Georgia calls for an oldie from my days surveying in Hancock County, Georgia.
Snapshots of a morning stroll around Memorial Circle and the Indiana State House.
Beautiful Mission San Francisco de Asís was founded June 29, 1776 and is both the oldest original intact Mission in California and the oldest building in San Francisco.
Happy World Architecture Day! This day is celebrated on the first Monday of every October and was set up by the Union International des Architects in 2005 to “remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.” For more check out World Architecture Day 2013.
I believe part of that responsibility is to maintain and celebrate existing and historic architecture. I wanted to share a few of my favorite images from a recent trip to Port Townsend, Washington. ”The official settlement of the city took place on the 24th of April, 1851. Called the “City of Dreams” because of the early speculation that the city would be the largest harbor on the west coast, wealthy and prosperous, somehow though, those early dreams failed to materialize…”-Port Townsend Guide
If you love old buildings, it’s a great place to see large number of Victorian era architecture. My visit to Port Townsend was my first to a small town on the west coast. I found it refreshing that the majority of the old buildings here seem to be embraced by the community with many of the local businesses occupying the historic downtown area.
The corner of Haight and Ashbury is famous for being the center of the hippie counterculture, beat movement, and the Summer of Love during the 1960s. With plenty of vacant Victorians to rent, and cheap rent, people from all over came to settle in The Haight. The bohemian experience was amplified by the number of psychedelic bands that also made their home in The Haight..
It should come as no shock that I love old buildings. When visiting a new place, I enjoy venturing out with my camera and strolling the streets. No agenda, just exploring, taking photos of interesting buildings, people, and occasionally popping into shops and restaurants.
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On my recent trip to San Francisco, I spent an afternoon exploring Haight Ashbury. The unusual sounds, neon album art, and happy floral clothing of the era have captivated me from a young age. So much so, my senior art history thesis focused on psychedelic art of the 60s. The majority of the poster art from this era was inspired by the music, bands, and people living in this neighborhood. It was exciting to finally walk the same streets; Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Jerry Garcia were in my head the whole day.
One of the most famous bands that called Haight Ashbury home was the Grateful Dead. Their house at 710 Ashbury was the place to be back in the day…I had to see it for myself.
Sadly the house was covered in scaffolding but at least it was being maintained.
The neighborhood has changed dramatically since the Summer of Love. There are tourists (like myself) lining the streets, vintage shops, boutiques, colorful graffiti, restaurants, groupies from days gone by, and kids fresh off the bus wanting to live the life on the streets of the Haight. The drum circles are still on Hippie Hill, street kids peddling “magic” brownies, but the neighborhood is very different from the free love epicenter it once was. It was pretty cool to see it though.