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    Posted 7 years ago

    Ted_Straub
    (887 items)

    Some eclectic examples of some of the older buildings in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
    I find these kinds of things to be very interesting.

    These have stood the test of time artistically and structurally.

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    1. Ted_Straub Ted_Straub, 7 years ago
      Thank you, Jewels!
    2. Ted_Straub Ted_Straub, 7 years ago
      Hi, aghcollect…I appreciate your love of these images….
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      I love your eye and pictures Ted! I enjoy architectural details too. Took a few pictures of doors and hardware this weekend and will share later.
    4. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      They have also withstood the bad taste of people who tear down old buildings and replace them with soulless cubes.
    5. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      Fort I agree, I can't believe how many soulless cubes are out here in the city. (that people I like want to live in - yikes!)
    6. Ted_Straub Ted_Straub, 7 years ago
      Thank you all, for your loves of these images. Your thoughts are very much appreciated!
    7. Ted_Straub Ted_Straub, 7 years ago
      Thank you, V! I am very appreciative of your endorsement and thoughtful insights re: my photos and this topic in general!

      I look forward to see your work.

      And one the worst ideas that I've seen comes from Detroit, where people are submitting proposals for the redevelopment of the site where Tiger Stadium stood. This concept's design was to make habitable storage bins and the trailers that ride on flat cars and on ships…ugh! The drawings made this project look like a tribute to Soviet era pragmatism. Check the Detroit News for details.

      A proposal which sounded really great to me was to reconvert the Tiger Stadium stands into small stores and apartments, with the playing field remaining, which would be basically residences with a park right outside of the back doors.

      I like how Maple Leaf Gardens was redesigned. This reconstruction is a tribute to great thought in architecture. Impossible to describe, so if anyone's interested, please Google Maple Leaf Gardens for its present status.

      And Fortapache andVal are right on the destruction of old buildings and what replaces them. These pictures are from a small city in PA. Awhile back, the city fathers went on a "redevelopment" spree. Luckily, the money dried up, and classic designs such as the images that I posted still remain, and have been and are still being rehabilitated. More pictures on such to follow in time.
    8. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Very cool!!
    9. Ted_Straub Ted_Straub, 7 years ago
      Thanking you all fior your love of these images!
    10. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      I always take pics of buildings, doors and windows... and I love yours!
    11. Ted_Straub Ted_Straub, 7 years ago
      Good morning, austrohungaro! Thank you for your love of the images, and for your kind comments.

      It is good to be able such things with you and other CW members.
    12. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      You're welcome, Ted!

      I love what you're making with your pics, keeping the memory of these places.

      I now regret not having taking pics of old shops in Madrid myself thinking they would remain for years and years but have now dissapeared because of awful franchising coffee-shops...
    13. Ted_Straub Ted_Straub, 7 years ago
      Yes, austrohungaro…soon classic buildings may only exist in photos, pictures and in our minds…...
    14. Hunter Hunter, 7 years ago
      I second what everyone else has said - love these photos of architectural remnants. One of my favorite games in San Francisco (where I live) is trying to imagine the original uses / layouts / designs for older buildings.

      To me, the saddest repurposing comes when an old theater, office, etc. is now used as a parking garage, with all their interiors ripped out. Depressing to think that is the highest value these carefully-constructed places hold, as storage space for cars. :(
    15. Ted_Straub Ted_Straub, 7 years ago
      Yes, Hunter, all that you say re: this is true! Sometimes we can determine an old building's history by looking up addresses in old city directories. I know that Pennsylvania cities had these, and the directories were published yearly by some kind of marketing firm to drum up local businesses. Thus these volumes had residential addresses, and basic info on the inhabitants, as well as business addresses and info on their purposes. I've found many such city directories both in the reference sections of libraries and at sales, flea markets and auctions.

      Yes, I also agree with you re: the so called "repurposing" of old architectural gems!
    16. Hunter Hunter, 7 years ago
      Very cool Ted! I've looked through SF's property info map online, but always forget to write down the addresses of cool / weird / abandoned buildings I want to research. This is a good reminder to do so! In case you want to check it out: http://propertymap.sfplanning.org/
    17. Ted_Straub Ted_Straub, 7 years ago
      Thank you, Hunter….the map is appreciated!
    18. Ted_Straub Ted_Straub, 7 years ago
      Hi, Pat…..Yes, double hung windows are really cool! I hope that you find one that fits your window! You never know when or where you will find the things that you want.

      Have a fine weekend…Ted
    19. Ted_Straub Ted_Straub, 7 years ago
      Thank you, CindiB…your love is appreciated!!!

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