Arcade – Day 71

Monticello Arcade Norfolk Virginia. Designed by Neff & Thompson in the Beaux Arts Classical style, the Monticello Arcade was built in 1907 and is one of only two shopping arcades in Virginia. It features elaborate terra cotta decorative elements, and, at the time it was built, the center skylight was one of the country’s largest.… Continue reading Arcade – Day 71

Corinthian Console

This pair of Corinthian-styled consoles support a shallow stone balcony above the main entrance to the 1899 Federal Courthouse and Post Office in Norfolk Virginia. The building housed the U.S. Courthouse and Post Office until 1934, it then served as Norfolk’s City Hall from 1938 through 1965 and other local government agencies occupied the building… Continue reading Corinthian Console

Cathedral of Commerce

– Built in 1907 the three-story, Beaux-Arts style Monticello Arcade forms a protected pedestrian passageway between City Hall Avenua and Plume Street in downtown Norfolk Virginia. Basically it’s a 105 year old shopping mall. The recent economic conditions have reduced the tenants somewhat but the architecture alone is worth a walk through. Canon G11, 1/50… Continue reading Cathedral of Commerce

Night at The Wells

The Wells Theatre in Norfolk Virginia, opened on August 27, 1913. The poured-in-place, steel-reinforced concrete structure was technologically advanced for the period. The Wells’ ornate decoration made the theatre the flagship of Wells Amusement Enterprises, and continues today as a well preserved example of Beaux-Arts Classicism, a National Historic Landmark and home to the Virginia… Continue reading Night at The Wells

The Wells

The ornate decoration of the Wells Theater in Norfolk Virginia is a well preserved example of Beaux-Arts neoclassicism. The grand theater has been home to the Virginia Stage Company since 1980. iPhone 4, Camera+ app.

Temples of Finance

– Early in the Twentieth Century banks were designed as imposing structures to instill confidence with depositors. This is the Virginia Club (formerly Virginia Bank and Trust) Building located at the corner of Granby and Main streets in Norfolk Virginia. Today it is home to Trilogy Bistro, one of our favorite downtown restaurants, and the… Continue reading Temples of Finance

Black and White Friday

– Black Friday calls for a black and white photo and a shopping theme. Before today’s massive shopping malls were so popular, shopping arcades were commonplace in cities. These enclosed buildings housed shops on the first floor and offices above. Only two remain in Virginia including this one, the Monticello Arcade in Norfolk, Virginia. Built… Continue reading Black and White Friday

Commerce & Electricity

From Cleveland – This sculpture by Daniel Chester French, famous sculptor of seated Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., is located at the front of the historic Beaux-Arts masterpiece that is the Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse in Cleveland. Entitled “Commerce” it depictes a female figure holding a model ship in one… Continue reading Commerce & Electricity