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Monday, July 20, 2009

Sun glow Deco

Anyone who knows Astoria will remember this building at the corner of 14 Street and Marine Drive as being pale yellow and beige in color. The evening sun was turning everything deep, rich colors on July 18th, and the camera picked up on that and enhanced the color even more. I believe the top storey consists of apartments. Downstairs is a pet store, mainly tropical fish and related supplies and equipment. A new sign on the other side of the building advertises "The Pet Works, Self-Service Dog Wash, Pets & Supplies." So maybe they've expanded. I haven't been in for awhile. There is a third story set way back from the edge of the building so you can't see it in this photo. The windows all have curtains that look like they'd be apartments.

Astoria has a number of prevalent building styles, including Victorian houses, Arts and Crafts Movement (Craftsman Style) houses, and there's quite a bit of Art Deco in the downtown area, which makes sense because the commercial area had to be rebuilt after the 1922 fire. The tall Art Deco-style window here is a unique element in town, although I'll be looking for more such interesting detail from that era.

For other photos featuring the color yellow, check out Mellow Yellow Monday.

6 comments:

artdecobuildings said...

Great looking building and nicely shot.

Jacob said...

Dramatic photo, Tapirgal! And a most interesting building. Great composition here. And the colors - well, they're gorgeous...nothing like the evening sun!

That would probably be a very nice place to live.

Don and Krise said...

I am in architectural love! It's funny, I was visiting my Mom today and she gave me a book on Seattle's neighborhood architecture. One of these days I'd love to see more of that building. Nice shot!

Lee Spangler said...

I never have looked at this building as closely. Thanks for this picture. I wonder whether the rounded part represents a srtaircase inside. Might be neat to look at it from within. xxoo

Ming the Merciless said...

The Art Deco architecture and sun drenched yellow make it look like South Beach/Miami.

Anonymous said...

In 1985 this building was owned by kermit Grimry & virgil Mills. There are 2 penthouse apts and 2 on the lower level. My wife lived one of the penthouses and ran a small beauty saloon on commerical st. Some might remember it as The Golden Comb.

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