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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Central Y: 1917

Central Y: 1917

Norfolk, Virginia, circa 1917. "Central Y.M.C.A." And another example of the light bulb arches that were in vogue a century ago. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

West Campbell Avenue?

According to the National Register of Historic Places, the Phillip Levy Furniture Co. was at 111 West Campbell Avenue. However, according to Google, there is only one, tiny road named Campbell, near the rail yard, in an apparent residential area.

[The street signs on the building say Freemason and Granby. - Dave]

Sandwiched Shop

I love the tiny shop sandwiched between the huge buildings. I bet he refused to sell!

Bring back the light bulb arch I say!

Family resemblance

You know, the extant "Y" on Broadway at India Street in downtown San Diego also really looks quite a bit like these two pictured YMCA buildings. SD's was called the "Armed Forces YMCA" until the other YMCA at 8th and C Streets was demolished decades ago; its former site remains a vacant lot. It adjoins another vacant parcel which used to house the now demolished Irving Gill-designed downtown 1st Methodist Church, gone almost 50 years. California Progress, I guess...

Now that's a cornice!

Wow, looks to project out 12 feet. Reminds me of the ancient Chinese buildings and their bracket cornices.

Repeat, Over and Over

It would make sense to reuse a good plan for the same organiztion at different locales. Not to be silly, but what if every KFC were totally different. "Product Identity," isn't that the term that would fit? Makes me think the building in Norfolk might still be there.

Cookie Cutter

The old YMCA in Cleveland looks very similar. I wonder if they used the same plans for their buildings?


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Marvelous

Another grand example of the kind of masonry work that's getting harder and harder to find these days. A solid, handsome piece of Architecture; I hope it's still there.

 
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