Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Peeling Paint and China

The El Presidio District, bordering downtown on the north, during the late 1800's through early 1900's, was where the wealthy merchants built their homes. Some of those homes are now beautifully restored by this century's wealthy, the lawyers.

The Barrio Historico, south of downtown, was a working class neighborhood from the start and it is more diverse, more colorful (literally) and far more funky. Much of the neighborhood is abode brick, built with no setback, i.e. the front walls of the houses are right up against the narrow sidewalks.

The adobes are blues, pinks, coral, bright earth yellows, oranges, blinding whites, and grays too. There is peeling paint in abundance, beautiful brickwork, lace curtains, arches, many patios just visible through gates and narrow walkways. There are beautiful dying, crumbling houses and well-maintained restored ones. If I had a choice I live there in a heartbeat :)


Blogger Kate said...

The pottery is framed beautifully in the window. You have a good eye for form and composition.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Meg Nakagawa said...

Gray adobe - I've never seen THAT. the top picture is abosolutely beautiful. I love it.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Neorelix said...

Top picture rocks - great stuff :)

10:30 AM  

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