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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Glowing silver

The early evening light was just right, turning the Associated building to silver. Located on Commercial Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets, it is one of the buildings comprising the center of the downtown shopping area. The building actually has three names emblazoned on the upper story: Copeland Building, Hobson Building, and Carruthers Building. It was designed by architect Charles T. Diamond and built in 1923, after the fire of December 1922 burned most of Astoria's downtown area. Many of the new buildings display the date of 1923, as does this one. A web page by Robert D. West which gives details of many of Astoria's landmarks, and says that the 1922 fire started in just about this location. Downstairs in the Copeland building is the Riversea Gallery, one of my favorite places to drop in when I'm not in a hurry. It's nicely arranged and filled with the most interesting art by talented local artists.

6 comments:

Jacob said...

Super photo, Sheryl! The light hits the building perfectly and really stands out against the brilliant blue sky!

Don and Krise said...

Yep, beautiful reflection indeed. It looks like they built this building tough, to last. After all the destruction that fire caused I don't blame them.

Vogon Poet said...

You keep distracting me from your post. Being a 'link follower' I spent the last minutes trying to recall scenes of the movies filmed in Astoria from the RD West website.
Then I lost myself browsing art at Riversea Gallery, a really nice place for what I've seen. They even have a painting of a ship and a pilot boat, or a tug, not so sure about this...

Thom said...

That is a beautiful photo. I love it. Thanks for sharing :)

Lee Spangler said...

Another nice post with Astoria history. I learn every day something new about Astoria.

Lynette said...

Wonderful detail in your photo. I hope you get a chance to visit the gallery real soon.

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