Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thematic Photographic - 339 - Aged

It began with tantalizing conception, as townsfolk banned the wood and built of brick, with wealth held in high regard.  From the land of yesteryear, they blessed those sacred stones set for centuries to come. Or, so they dreamed.

Long gone are those ancient hammers and trowels which shaped a mighty presence of community; defining a strong sense of continuity and years of continued success.  What once was diligently formed and leveled by man's heroic craft and fined tuned touches, from face brickwork to mass blockwork, now is left standing in the great doom of void.  Simply said, a complete breakdown in the continuity of care.









Sadly, it still stands empty.

The signs of the time and personal prejudices has left this structure void of life.
Ancient or modern?

"It seemed a part of her life, to step from the ancient to the modern back and forth.  She felt rather sorry for those who only knew one and not the other.  It was better, she thought, to be able to select from the whole menu of human achievement than to be bound within one narrow range." - Orson Scott Card.

16 comments:

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

This is indeed heartbreaking. I wish people would take care of what has been done instead of building things anew. The pride that went into this craftsmanship is unequalled. Great post. ❤

eileeninmd said...

Hello Karen, it is a lovely old building. It would nice to see it being used with a thriving business. Enjoy your day!

Gail said...

I wish I were rich enough and talented enough to save them all. We're losing history when we lose these.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That is sad. It's a fantastic building.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

What a spectacular building!

Your story reminds me of Penn Station. It used to be a beautiful old train station in NYC, it was torn down 50 years ago and replaced with gross MSG.

(Note: I did see many fun concerts with friends at gross MSG.)
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Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

sigh...no gnomes, critters, clouds, or trees -Killroy

Debbie said...

they just don't build them like that anymore!! it is a beautiful building!!!!

Elephant's Child said...

I much prefer the old buildings to their replacements. And mourn their decay.

photowannabe said...

Oh, this makes me feel so sad and empty.
Great capture of a fine old "girl".

Cloudia said...

Haunting post and photos!




ALOHA
ComfortSpiral
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Chandra Eswaran said...

I pray that the right seeker see the 2nd building, so such a beauty doesn't go to waste.
Have a Beautiful Day, Karen!!
Peace :)

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Karen; Oh, I had the wrong notion that there are this kind of heartbreaking issue in your country. Maybe I have wrong idea your country is new.
Well, besides the historical building,we have empty house problem in Japan (one out of eight). My late parents house is one of them(^^;)
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

sage said...

That's a beautiful building!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

She is a beautiful old building...it's a shame to see these places fall into disrepair.

Bob Scotney said...

Wish I could read the notice on the front of that fine old building. Where is it?

Carmi Levy said...

Buildings that beautiful deserve to be occupied and filled with life. It kills me whenever I see such gems devoid of activity. We've had too many of them here in our burg, and sadly time has doomed them to destruction. The only way to preserve, apparently, is to use.

As ever, you've made us think, Karen. I wish I had the answers for this one...