Friday, May 1, 2009

My Town Shoot Out - Architecture

This week's theme comes from Jen:
I chose: Architecture - old and crumbling, new and shiny, in between. The beauty of structures - or the eyesore they can become. Abandoned, or bursting with life and activity, buildings tell a story.
Also, based on some great advice, I edited my original idea: architecture, but perhaps getting up close and personal with the building, maybe there is intricate design work on a window that reveals more of the building's beauty or story than the whole building does. Of course, the goal is to show the beauty of the structure, so however you do it will be wonderful!
I recommend going to look at everyone's home towns. You can find us all in the comments of Patty or Reggie Girl's Blogs, or in the sidebar from Gordon or GingerV.
And There are no rules, AND this has been a CRAZY week, so I'm putting up what I've got from the archives, as it is raining now, and I don't particularly want to go out today at all (see yesterday's post for why I'd rather stay in today). All images are from Pleasanton, the town where I grew up, and I feel like it is much more fascinating architecturally than the town I live in now.
This first image is of the siding on a house near downtown. I loved the scalloped look of this, and think it is offset nicely by the green accent paint.This is an alleyway on Main Street, and I love it for the repeating pattens on the trellis above, the window, the wall on the right, and the walkway below. All those squares remind me of Alice in Wonderland (and no, I don't know why).This is a newer office building near downtown, done in Italian Villa as interpreted by Spanish colonialism and California Mission style. At least, that's how it feels to me...The detail of one of the iron gates, which look like they do not actually function.The side of an old building on Main Street. I like the unevenness of the brickwork. It looks intentional, or like the bricklayers were a keg of beer into the day.This is a newer apartment/condo unit downtown, and I like the repeating windows, but I have to wonder how that translates indoors - is this along a hallway? two windows in each of two rooms?

I hope you enjoyed yet another mini tour of the things I like to look at in my home town!

28 comments:

iasa said...

Of course I enjoyed your architectural tour. I especially like the alley with the trellis overhead. Seems like a great place to hide away for a bit.

J9 said...

Iasa,
Thanks! There are days where I would much rather hide out there than not! But today? Today I'm working and cleaning and doing laundry!

Kelly said...

I also loved the little alley with the trellis! Seems cool and quiet.

Mildred said...

I LOVE YOUR TOUR TODAY, ESPECIALLY THAT FIRST PICTURE. I'D LOVE TO HAVE A TRELLIS LIKE THAT TOO. THANKS FOR YOUR VISIT AND KIND WORDS; I'M KINDA STUMBLING ALONG RIGHT NOW BUT HOPEFULLY I'LL GET BETTER AT THIS!!!
HAVE A GREAT MAY DAY!

Patty said...

Hey, Gal! I love what you did. The mission look is grand and the colored shingles rock!

I just look of the alley. Makes me want to take siesta.

J9 said...

Kelly,
Thanks - I preferred the alley a few years back when it was lush and green with vines, but I'll take it this way too!

J9 said...

Mildred,
Thanks, and I think you are doing just great on your first shoot out!

J9 said...

Patty,
You gave me a great idea - a hammock in the alleyway would just fit and be a great relaxation station!

Jen said...

I love the alley - very cool, the gate is awesome, and the brick wall was my fave - mostly because your comment had me cracking up!

:)

Very nice shots, all of them.

gigi said...

I also love the unevenness of the brickwork. Pretty cool picture. Also love the arched walkway. I'd like to go there and visit.

Missy said...

My favorite is the first picture, nice patterns and also the color blending. I love the brick wall too :-) Thanks for touring us around your town.

J9 said...

Jen,
Thanks, and that wall along with a couple of other buildings are in the same style, so I'm hoping it was a design choice.

J9 said...

Gigi,
Thanks, and if you ever make it out here, let me know - there are lots of cool things to see and do.

J9 said...

Missy,
Thanks, I do like those older style homes and their details!

Oz Girl said...

I particularly like the 2nd photo, the alleyway. Such a visually interesting shot!

J9 said...

Thanks Oz Girl - one of those weirdly happy accidents!

Gordon said...

Hey, R2D2. That's not fair! I was going to take a picture of a wall, but I couldn't find any crooked bricks! You've got all of the luck. I sure do enjoy tormenting you. I'm glad you can take it and dish it out. Thanks for the post. Gordon

J9 said...

Gordon,
As I've said before, I have good Karma! I can find just the right image to pair with any good wine, wait, I mean text!

Ed said...

Very nice shots..:-)

J9 said...

Ed,
Thanks, and I've already composed my Sunday Stills post, just waiting for tomorrow to publish it!

Gordon said...

J9, you can't know how thrilled I am to have a noble competitor for the WHATZIT. I'm going to send Scruffy over there to rough you up, girl! Good job!

Si's blog said...

Great bunch of pictures. You have the touch. And a neat looking town.

GingerV said...

wrote a long comment hit enter and seemed to loose everything - no internet connection. so I will just say I enjoyed your friday shoot out.

J9 said...

Gordon,
Thanks and I'll continue to research my little fingers off for future challenges!

J9 said...

Si,
Thanks, and I'm enjoying the tour around all of our towns!

J9 said...

GinverV,
No worries, and congratulations on winning the WHATZIT!

GigiSxm said...

Architecture in the ordinary things, i love it! The orange shingles are my favorite

J9 said...

GigiSxm,
Thanks! I like the shingles too!