02 September 2014
The other night Pat and I had dinner at Poor Richard's, one of our favorite restaurants, and instead of going in through the front door, we went in the back (where the patio is). I guess it's been a long time since I've gone in the back way -- I don't remember this fun mural over the door, and the armadillo. It's so much fancier than it used to be!
01 September 2014
The first of every month is Theme Day for City Daily Photo bloggers. This month's theme is rust and ruins. Today's picture makes me sad, because my friend Todd grew up in this once proud Victorian on Uintah Street, and now look at it! When Todd's family lived in this home, it was lovingly restored and immaculately maintained. They sold it about 20 years ago, and the new owner immediately divided it up into apartments. I don't believe it's even seen a coat of paint since. I'm sure that, since it's located across the street from the Colorado College, its renters have been primarily students. This poor house is showing the signs of two decades of rowdy, careless renters and an even more careless, obviously absentee owner. The sign in the window says "For Rent", but would you want your college-aged kid living here? It looks like a crack house! (It's telling that school is starting at CC and all the students have arrived for the year, yet this house still has empty apartments to let.) Even this rainy summer cannot make up for the yellowed, weedy "lawn"; the shutters are utterly dilapidated, the paint is peeling off, the siding is missing large chunks, and the porch is sagging. What a pity. Sadly, many of our downtown rentals are starting to look just like this, including a few Victorians I lived in during my renting years, long ago. I'm sure Todd winces every time he drives past his old home. I know I do! I do wish there was a way to mandate that our downtown homeowners, whether they rent out their property or live in it, are good stewards of their historic houses. This kind of blight and decay should not be happening in our beautiful downtown and Old North End.
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31 August 2014
30 August 2014
29 August 2014
A mural on the front façade of Meadow Muffins, a popular bar/restaurant in Old Colorado City. Clearly a large window once occupied the spot where the faux window now resides with its tiny modern porthole in the middle. Nicely done.
28 August 2014
27 August 2014
A photo of First Baptist Church on the southeast corner of Weber and Kiowa. It was built in 1890-91 in the Romanesque Revival style, replacing a smaller church on the same site. I've only been inside once, to attend the wedding of a friend way back in college, and I do remember that the sanctuary was quite beautiful. I really like the bell tower and I'd love to explore it.
On a side note, I've been really sick this week and spent the last couple of days in bed, feeling sorry for myself. Hopefully I'll be able to rustle up a photo for tomorrow, even if it means I have to dig through my archives to find one! I've managed to post every single day this year (a first!), and I'd hate to make it all the way to August 27th and then miss a day, but if I do, apologies in advance!