appearances

Corinthian

Corinthian

Once you notice them, they are everywhere.  Columns, with varied capitals.  Corinthian, Doric, Ionic, even some they didn’t teach you in elementary school.  I love these old-time building facades, with their heavy, overdone, enthusiastic quality.

This one is the base of the Edison Building, on Adams.  The whole building is covered with patterned brick and stone, elaborate arches and columns, even some fancy stone medallions up top.

This photograph has been given a ‘watercolor’ effect.

Mysterious diplomat

Mysterious diplomat

What was the past of the Diplomat Hotel?  Was it always run-down, precarious, disreputable, as it now looks to be?

The city is peppered with such mysterious hotels, looking like they would rather not be occupied, not for long at least.  Their mute faces will never spill their histories.  Too bad—they are probably more intrigue-laden than a Dashiell Hammett story.

The Diplomat, silent to the last, has since been gutted, though the facade is still there, with its world-weary sign.

Engagement

Engagement

This wall is one element in a cluttered Van Buren Street scene.  A lovely and eloquent one, though, I think.  I like the periodic engagement between people and building suggested in the colors of the bricks and mortar.  I hope the people who have the windows are the ones in control.