Apr 11, 2014

Details: Sister Buildings

In celebration of National Architecture Week, I'm sharing a series of posts about architectural details in historic and charming downtown Grass Valley, CA.
Separated by a small one-way road off Main Street, the facades of these two buildings, seen below on Google Maps, are opposites of each other.

On the right is the historic Holbrooke Hotel, built in 1862. Its roofline curves up towards the sky at the front of the building.

Oppositely, the roofline on the left curves out toward the street.

Apr 10, 2014

Details: Downtown

In celebration of National Architecture Week, I'm sharing a series of posts about architectural details in historic and charming downtown Grass Valley, CA.
This Thursday I'm "throwing it back" to my talk at TEDxGrassValley, where I spoke about architecture and how it influences our daily lives. I especially want to highlight the section about downtown Grass Valley (about 6 and a half minutes into the video). There are architectural details all around downtown, or anywhere really, that influence the shoppers there.

Apr 9, 2014

Details: Electric Signs

In celebration of National Architecture Week, I'm sharing a series of posts about architectural details in historic and charming downtown Grass Valley, CA.
Today I'd like to share a detail that gives you a little hint into a previous use of a space. Currently, this music store has a plain sign advertising their business yet there is an electrical outlet next to the bar the sign hangs from, implying that in a previous life, an electric sign called this space home.


Apr 8, 2014

Details: Building "Name Tags"

In celebration of National Architecture Week, I'm sharing a series of posts about architectural details in historic and charming downtown Grass Valley, CA.
Walking downtown one afternoon, I discovered these plaques on the bottom corner of a few storefronts, almost like name tags for the buildings.


This bright plaque says "Taylor Bros. Machine Works G.V. Cal."


Another Taylor Bros. plaque, this one has been painted over many times and even had the sidewalk concrete poured over it since the bottom half of its "Grass Valley" is submerged!


This plaque says "McCormick Bros." and then I think "S.F. Cal."



Apr 7, 2014

Details: Furniture Store Auditorium

In celebration of National Architecture Week, I'm sharing a series of posts about architectural details in historic and charming downtown Grass Valley, CA.
The first detail I want to share is something it took me nine years of living here to notice, a set of window-like plaques on the second story of a furniture store. 

The plaques read "Erected anno domini MDCCCC Grass Valley Auditorium K.P. N.S.G.W. I.O.R.M. G.V.M.V. A.O.F." After some internet research, I discovered that "anno domini MDCCCC" means AD 1900, N.S.G.W. is the Native Sons of the Golden West and I.O.R.M. is the Improved Order of Red Men. So this just begs the question, what was this building originally? A public auditorium with dances and basketball games? And how did it turn into a furniture store?

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