Another early morning. I really wonder if I should get my head checked. Up at 5:00 AM on a Saturday just seems so wrong.
I wandered around a bit. I was out before the sunrise, with only half a cup of coffee in me, so I wasn't feeling too inspired. As for the two photos on the left and right, I noticed these two guardians on the Fairburn Building earlier this week and remembered to capture their images. Unlike me, they have been burning the midnight oil for ages!
Doors Open Lowell
has some really interesting information on original owner of this building, George Runels. He certainly had many interests and adventures. Here's some information on the building
that was built in 1892.
The Doors Open Lowell is an excellent opportunity to see these historic buildings on the inside. I wish I had known about it over the last two years! I will patiently wait for next year's event that looks like it will occur in May 2011. In the mean time, I will just keep photographing from the outside.
One of the things I started doing last year was collecting old post cards of Lowell. I really have a fascination with the buildings and Lowell's history. There's something special about the bricks, the large plates of glass in the windows and just the basic architecture of the older buildings. The buildings feel more handmade than what they are today. More personal detail went into them. Subtle differences, an unevenness, and almost an ethnicity is present, giving them their own personality and voice. The newer buildings of today are too laser precise. Too perfect. Almost like they were formed in a mold and delivered to a street corner near you.
The following image is an example of what makes the older buildings special to me. It's not perfect. The bricks used to denote the architect and year are clearly cut, but not precise. So the angles on the white/gray bricks are different. I find the number "8" particularly fun. It's such a hodge-podge of cuts... but it works, and has for almost 120 years!