I love looking at the marks of time passing that are left on buildings. Things change, but these buildings still bear witness to the past. Our past has been mostly swept away, but there are a few survivors. I decided to photograph these bits, and the very first building on my intended list was already gone! Long ago (1920’s or 30’s, but before 1937) there was a Duesenberg dealer in town and they had proudly painted the side of the building with the price of this fabulous car. It was a plumbing supply place in recent memory and they kept re-painting the sign as it faded. But now the entire building was gone, replaced when I wasn’t looking.
But this lovely building still exists, and it has been recycled and updated. For actual auto parts one must go to one of the chain stores, which are all located in huge purpose-built modern buildings.
The building next to it is in the process of renovation, no longer a moving-garage. (Which if you think about, is an impossibility).
Imagine having a dairy downtown. There were cows in the city limits when I first moved here, which was a feature in the town’s favor to my way of thinking. Now they are far out of town, out on the prairie beyond the newest subdivisions.
This is the view of the front of the former auto parts store. Just a pile of bricks to remind us of the life and times of those who came before us.