Friday, November 04, 2011

Lost in the labyrinths of my mind.

I know this building was, maybe still is, in Salt Lake City.  I don’t even remember taking these pictures, but the negatives are definitely mine.  They are nestled within the pages that contain the pictures I took in high school, and they were developed at home like the rest.  And nobody used my beloved Nikon but me.

So, what was it?  What is it now?  What street is that on and why are all those pallets doing in the back?  I don’t know, but if you do, leave me a comment.

I love old buildings.  They have character, history.  If those bricks could talk, what stories would they tell? My own home turns 100 next year and despite all it’s quirks, creaks and off-plumb walls, I wouldn’t trade it for a brand new one twice it’s size.

So, here’s a building that was old back in the late 1970’s.  Brick and mortar from top to bottom, and not that ¼ inch brick veneer they use these days.  The real thing, very likely laid brick by brick by men who took pride in their work, who laughed together, ached together and probably even fought together as they pieced these walls together.

Bricks and mortar.  But more than just bricks and mortar.  And there’s even more to be seen by clicking the banner below.


Lisa Shafer said...

That doesn't look the least bit familiar to me. Are you SURE it was in SLC? Is there are chance it might have been somewhere else?
It's of an age and style that it should've been downtown, in the area of Patrick Dry Goods or the Salt Lake Stamp Company or the old Salt Lake Hardware Building. But it's not any of those.

Max said...

I'm 98.9% sure that they were taken in SLC, the pictures are on the same roll of film as some pictures I have of the Irving school in Sugarhouse, dated back in 1979. I don't know where else I would have gone to take those pictures.

Max said...

Oh, and if you notice that the pictures look a little bit different, you're right. The first set were scanned a while ago, off the original prints, which I seem to have printed the wrong way. When I was looking them up to make sure they were from SLC, I looked at the more recent scans off the original negatives. They were backwards from the pictures I posted but also bigger files so I could zoom in on the parking sign and see that they were the right way around.

young-eclectic-encounters said...

Wonderful post- I too love the character of old buildings- One of my unfullfiled dreams is restoring an old home to live in, came close once but was renting and could afford to buy the house to actually restore it. Sigh
Thjanks for sharing

Lisa Shafer said...

No clues. Absolutely no clues. Sorry.

Max said...

YEE - I have thoroughly enjoyed working on my home, one of my favorite things to do. I hope you get the chance sometime.
Lisa - No problem. Wish I could remember too, I'd love to go back to the spot and see if the building is still there.