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March 26, 2011

A gloomy day like this– it makes you think of all your dashed hopes, doesn’t it?

We were watching Huell Howser’s Alaska program– nobody ever dashes his hope, I think! He should probably be fired from California’s Gold for saying Alaska was the most beautiful place he’d ever seen. Anyway, during a wonderful episode on Skagway, they were describing how the town went up from nothing, with false fronts to make the buildings look bigger, and more established. Straining towards prosperity to come.

They kind of implied that it was a Skagwegian innovation. Perhaps putting them in front of tents was pushing the envelope, but towns went up like that all over the West. As many as I saw, I never really understood what they were till I read Laura Ingalls.

Here’s one down on Fifth and G, clinging to its life and aspirations. Like a lot of us, these days.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2011 10:26 AM

    I knew about it, but I never really consciously thought about it til now! It was a good concept for the time.

    • E. A. Peregrine permalink
      April 10, 2011 12:35 PM

      Yes– Lying With Carpentry. It’s kind of brilliant, in an American sort of way.

  2. April 27, 2011 3:30 AM

    hmm, interestng post..

    I never saw something like that here.. it still looks better than some of the ‘modern’ buildings they’ve been building here.. epitomes of ugliness and ‘industrial’ thinking – who pays these architects, I wonder?? (they must be cheap or what??)

    Anyway, in an odd and grey-ish way (and I’m not a fan of grey!) they still look classy hehe

    I can relate to dashed hopes and aspirations though.. though thing with hope is like poppies, it sometimes springs in most unexpected places… :)

    • E. A. Peregrine permalink
      May 1, 2011 9:06 AM

      I hope we can all hang on to hope– but it seems like such an effort.

      I agree– most modern architecture is soul-killing, even the stuff that’s supposed to be uplifting. This building perhaps only saves itself through humility, and age.

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