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Municipal Gothic: 1908

Municipal Gothic: 1908

Circa 1908. "City Hall -- Columbus, Ohio." Populated by a cast of ectoplasmic pedestrians. Added bonus: windowsill milk bottles! View full size.


Looks like soot

I was just thinking how the building looks like many we saw in Europe, in the later 1980s. There had been so much coal burned for so many years that the buildings were covered in soot, more on the top and less on the bottom, like this building showed. At that time, we saw scaffolding in many countries, where the buildings were being literally scrubbed clean. I felt the soot actually gave them some character. However, when one was finished and the scaffolding came down, I realized that I was seeing the building just as those who had been there when it was first built had seen it, and that was pretty neat, too!

If the City Council debate gets too boring ....

... you can pop over to the Gayety Burlesque right next door. Guaranteed NOT to be boring!

Burned 1/12/1921

Built in 1872, it stood till 1921 when it burned on the night of Jan. 12. The Ohio Theater (built in 1928) now sits on this site.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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