1/24/09

1/21/09

Sold (For Sale: 1921 New World Altas)

I'm selling my Atlas from 1921. Cover condition is poor, contents are intriguing (and sometimes amusing). Price: 30.00. I can accept a pay pal payment (that will hold it until it can be picked up) please contact me via my profile page email addy.
Scroll down to see some of the graphs and photos.









1/19/09

Fyler - The Paper Street

Last week I had an opportunity to meet with the owner of Keller Manufacturing on Fyler just west of Morgan Ford Rd. Click on the title above to link his business (I want one of these: http://www.gardexusa.com/commercial.asp)

Mr. Keller kindly answered my questions about his business, the buildings (made in 1961), how the street used to look before it was paved and some history of the street (below).

Keller Manufacturing is a series of buildings that I've admired for years:


A paper street is a road or street that appears on maps but in reality remains unpaved. It generally occurs when city planners or sub-division developers submit plans that include such streets; and when changes occur, they are not removed or updated. Fyler was paved in the mid 60's.

Sometime around the turn of the last century a company existed on Fyler that manufactured terra cotta barrel tiles for roofing. The owner of the company has a series of houses made across the street and along MGF that he rented to his employees:

I think this hill of created when Fyler was finally graded and paved. It's filled with broken pieces of terra cotta that previously cluttered the street.

Bits of terra cotta:



This is a typical house along Flyer. Four rooms: The living room and bedroom are upstairs, kitchen and bathroom are downstairs. No basements.

No windows on either side of the houses.

These houses across from Marti's memorial garden on Morgan Ford Rd were also employee housing.

1/16/09

Q: Why does that tree have bumps?

That's what a ten year old asked me last summer when I was walking Beau.
A: It has a virus.


Tumbleweed snagged on Cornice

Vitrolite

The building on the north west corner of Grand used to be covered in black vitrolite. It was removed and replaced with black matte tile.

Vitrolite storefront on Morgan Ford Rd.


Vitrolite on walls in Christopher's bathroom.

Sphere: Grand and Wyoming

Parapet: Grand and Connecticut

Tile on storefront on Meramec east of Grand

20 years ago I took a series of print photos of the tiles on storefronts in China Town (San Francisco). If I ever have the time, I intend to rephoto and post here.

Grand Ave circa 1971- 1975

I believe all of this photos were taken by Walter Gunn.

North west corner of Grand and Juniata. Currently occupied by Jay Asia.

The Ritz (now a parking lot just south of Mangia).


South east corner Grand and Juniata. Razed, and now a parking lot.

Quoined Brick in TGS

TGS has a plethora of quoinage. If structural, quoins were part of load bearing walls; if decorative, they were made of a variety of materials including brick, stone and wood.




WPA Post office in Santa Barbara, CA.