Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thematic Photographic 25: "Broken" v.1.0 - Renewable Resource


"Broken II"
Raleigh, NC - October 2008 (Click to embiggen)

Thematic Photographic hosted by Carmi - Button Image by Smarmoofus Hosted by Written Inc.

Urban renewal hasn't come to this corner of Dawson Street yet. This building isn't far from the one I featured in my "Broken" Monochrome Monday earlier this week. It's in slightly better shape, but still not in use for anything that I know of. Since the building is probably owned by State Government (as all of the other buildings in this block are) it's likely that it will never see the restoration it might have if a private concern were to take it over. Given its probable age, the refitting required to bring it up to code would probably be more expensive than demolishing it and starting from scratch. So unless there's some historic significance to the site, its useful days have probably come and gone.
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13 comments:

Maureen Hayes said...

I guess cause I am an architecture buff, and because I love black and white photos, this one is my favorite! I think the way you captured the details of the past glory of the building, but also managed to show the ravages that time has taken, really add interest to the shot. I think the use of black and white here was especially good and the shot wouldn't have been as effective in color.

PAT said...

This is beautiful. Perfect choice for the theme.

Leora said...

Kind of a lonely photo. Nice choice for broken. Broken but beautiful. Love the arch.

Kay said...

Always neat to see what you post, even if it is a bit of a downer :P

Heidi said...

This photo is deep and heartfelt. Nice.

Daryl said...

Is the building aslant or was it you?

Hey some of us find these things important

:-Daryl

janie said...

love the detail of the brickwork over the window, do they even know how to do that anymore?

babooshka said...

I agree with Janie, they just don't build anything with style,whichever part of the world you're in. Really like the stark feel, but do hate to see decnt building neglected.

Gord H. said...

mojo,

in my opinion, great minds think alike, and that explains how you and carmi landed on 'broken' this week.

or, he looks around and knows a great theme when he sees one.

(or, he's stealing your stuff!)

my dad and I toured farm country every Saturday afternoon until the week before he passed away and he often called forgotten buildings 'old soldiers.'

perhaps he wished the once fine specimens would receive better treatment and not be forgotten.

I'm with him.

gord h.

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me said...

Whenever I go past an old building that has character I wonder why we don’t re-use more. Nothing like putting up a building that looks like ever other building to make one yawn.

Doctor Err said...

these are my favorite kind of pictures. but, where i am from, gentrification is a code for 'push the people who live there out.'

PastorMac's Ann said...

I like both your choices for "broken." Very different from each other but so fitting for theme of the week.