Friday, April 1, 2011

what might have been


As soon as we decided on the "doors and windows" theme I found myself scouring the streets on the hunt for my photo.  This building above caught my eye because it is oddly nestled between two more modern buildings and it made me wonder...how has it survived, not to be torn down or renovated to match the contemporary urban look to its right and left?

I love all the character in these windows...the rusted metal flowers along the top, the piece of window frame hanging down on the diagonal, the multi-sized window panes, the decorative window guards, and the textures in the building facade.  Even though it is all boarded up and abandoned, I found it to be a bright spot on this otherwise unassuming block just off of 9th Avenue in midtown Manhattan.

When I saw Trevellion's photo below, I immediately imagined it as a closeup of what the window in my photo might have looked like many years ago.  Perhaps someone lived there who collected these gravy boats, hanging and stacking them with care in the bright sunlight.  That fleeting thought of what might have been made me smile.  I love how a photo can do that, don't you?

~christy of urban muser

Bric-a-Brac
bric-a-brac by trevellion

13 comments:

Karin van D. said...

Oh I love old buildings with gorgeous windows like that. I always fantasize about who could have lived there, what they looked like and I can almost see them go in and out of the doors, see little children play on the steps and hear the sounds of laughter in the evening when people left after a little party. Beautiful!

Lesley said...

Just like Karin, I love to fantasize about what we might have seen through those windows if we could have looked inside!
A beautiful shot!

Ashley Sisk said...

Love the pairing - I think we all imagine what it might have been and the character in each shot is pretty awesome!

Jamie said...

I love both of these! The iron work on that first one is so unique and beautiful, I hope it is restored and saved.

Kat Sloma said...

Oh, the decay of that beautiful window (while lovely to photograph) just makes me sad. I'm with you, I can imagine it's better days. Perfect pairing!

Anna said...

I find old architecture enchanting, restored or as is. The beautifully detailed ornamentation is a marvel. Wonderful pairing of photos and storyline!

Suvarna said...

what a perfect image for windows, love how you put the two together for this post.

kelly said...

I love the character of that window, and old architecture in general. I wanted to save the building immediately!

lucy said...

some windows show their beauty on the outside, and some frame the beauty on the inside. love these two -- and those fantastic art-deco window guards make my heart beat faster. beautiful!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

I want to go into that shop. I see some lovely things to buy. Thank you for ending our theme with such great photos, as always.

Kirstin said...

These windows really do have a lot of character. Lovely!

Anika said...

love that pick, perfect choice! Lovely post

Jen said...

oh I looooove both of these. simple and lovely details.

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