Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine - St. Augustine, Florida

35 Treasury Street - I only had a few hours the day I was in St. Augustine in February of 2008.  I had not been there previously and had not done any research on what I should see (I knew about the fort but didn't make it there) so I wandered around random streets.  After researching after my visit I found that I had somehow managed to hit many of the important buildings.  Unfortunately I only took one picture of this building.  For a detailed history of the church visit their site at

Monday, December 14, 2009

Jerry's Famous Deli - Miami Beach, Florida

1450 Collins Avenue - Dating from 1940 and designed by Henry Hohauser is this deco building currently housing Jerry's Famous Deli.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Leslie - Miami Beach, Florida

1244 Ocean Drive - This beautiful Art Deco hotel was designed by Albert A. Anis and dates from 1937. 

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Boscoso Italian Restaurant - Palm Springs, California

707 North Palm Canyon Drive - A simple little mid-century building, the most interesting feature are the screens covering the windows and reflected above the awning.  We had dinner here one night and it was quite good.  The interior featured some fun modern accents as well.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Macy's - Columbus, Ohio

This former Macy's from 1968 is at Eastland Mall.  The two distinquishing features of this store are the mod canopies and the great blue glazed tile that covers the building.  This mall also featured a Lazarus department store.  When all of the Lazarus stores were changed to Macy's, the chain closed this location to use the newer structure that previously housed Lazarus.  I'm sure it's only a matter of time this older store gets demolished.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

OK Coffee - Athens, Georgia

225 College Avenue - Coffee house with a great sign.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Retail - Davenport, Florida

100 West Bay Street - This store front dates from 1927 and has some nice details.  It's located in what I guess would be called "downtown" Davenport, though "downtown" seems to consist mostly of empty lots.  I would assume that at one time there were more buildings here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Colonial Photo & Hobby - Orlando, Florida

634 North Mills Avenue - Colonial Photo & Hobby is housed in what was originally a Publix Supermarket.  This streamline building is from 1948.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Medical Building - Winter Haven, Florida

601 North 1st Street - A cool building from 1959 that is currently used for medical offices.  This building is across the street from the Winter Haven Hospital and I couldn't find a parking space in like a five mile radius so I took these pictures as I drove by.  Consequently they have a little bit of windshield glare.  I would say that a portion of this building, especially the upper floor has been altered some from its original state but the ground floor looks pretty much original.  I like the inverted step/pyramid supports for the overhang and the brick wall/screen with the square cutouts.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Signs - Columbus, Ohio

3190 East Main Street - I always thought this sign was kind of space-age.  It could use a little help (but then so could the motel it belongs to.

3521 East Broad Street - Another sign with a big arrow.  These are always fun. 

3045 East Main Street - Nice stone work at the base.  I've seen many signs similar to this one.

2801 East Main Street - Love the decorative grill work between the two posts and the assymetrical positioning of the sign on the posts.

2643 East Main Street - Another arrow sign.  I wish I had made it back to get this one at night.

1890 South High Street - I doubt the neon on this sign works anymore but I'm sure it was fantastic in its day.  I love the little car.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Bron-Shoe Co. - Columbus, Ohio

1313 Alum Creek Drive - The bulk of this building is just a regular warehouse style building but the front is a fun mix of mid-century styles from 1950. I always love a zigzag roof line and some nice rock work.

These windows always make me think of elementary schools.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Coca Cola - Cocoa, Florida

695 Clearlake Road - In an area that is largely concrete and industrial, this building really stood out for being well kept and nicely landscaped. I like the decorative metal screens on the building. I wish that this element was used more in contemporary buildings. They are a simple way to add texture and design and can be made in any number of designs and a variety of materials.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, California

Griffith Observatory was designed by architects John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley and was completed in 1935. The Observatory has been featured in countless TV shows and films including Charlies Angels: Full Throttle, The Rocketeer, and most famously Rebel Without A Cause. It's a beautiful place with fantastic views of the city. If you're in LA I would certainly suggest a visit. There are also multiple exhibits and attractions inside the building. For more information on the exhibits or a detailed history of the Observatory and Griffith Park in general visit

The north side or front of the Observatory.

The north side while walking up the hill from the car. We had to park what seemed like 6 miles away and climb uphill to get there.

The north doors. I love the design of these.

Above the north doors.

Ballin murals in the entry chamber. These are on the upper walls and ceiling.

More ceiling. There's a wire coming down from the hole in the center of the ceiling that supports the Foucault Pendulum.

Detail from above the north doors from the inside.

I believe this is the West Observation Terrace.

Air conditioning vent.

West side from ground level.

Downtown LA in the distance.

Decorative window screen.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, California

This is the first of two posts on Griffith Observatory. This post doesn't showcase the Observatory structure at all. First are a couple of views from the Observatory and the other pictures are of the Astronomers Monument on the front lawn. The monument features six astronomers (Hipparchus, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Herschel) and was completed in 1934 before the opening of the Observatory. If you would like to plan a visit, see their website at

View of Los Angeles with downtown in the distance.

The Hollywood sign from the Observatory.

Astronomers Monument