Bricks and More Bricks

The Willdon Building viewed from the back side

Named for the sons of the first mayor, William and Donald

Building served as a Department Store, Professional Offices, Offices for a Theatre Group, and a Bank

J.S. doesn’t look like the kind of guy you would pick out to kid

Been generally abandoned for several years — plans are to revitalize it

Nice patch

The mortar is the first to weather out

Vines espalier and bricks

Downtown mini park

Plaster from former interior wall clings to bricks

Another view — small park created in space from a tear down

View west across the mini park

Brick walk in the mini park

Weathering beginning to take its toll

Red shingled structure is a walk way between the Willdon building and the McFerran Building

Building to the right was an Opera House at one time

Spooky place at night Ill bet!

North facade of Willdon with free style espalier

On North Market street — a sign on the front warns not to enter – Unsafe to Occupy

Ya think??

Same building west of collapse area

That was a lot of bricks!

Apologies to Scott in nearly brickless Italy!



Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

3 response to "Bricks and More Bricks"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: May 18, 2019

    Rich, your photos remind me that in the US our buildings — not so old — seem to collapse or become abandoned after a (relatively) few years whereas in Europe so many buildings so much older remain useful and in good repair. I’ve been watching some of the Tour of California on TV, and I’m always shocked how shabby even our beautiful California coastal tour routes look in comparison to the landscape and architecture on the Tour de France.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 18, 2019

      Very true — these buildings in town are approximately 90-100 years old, practically infants compared to those in Europe. Photos from Suzanne and Alchemy certainly show some cool modern architecture going on in their parts of the world.
      A brick mason on Youtube mentioned a project he was working on for a development concern, and he was told they only wanted it to last 40 years or so.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: May 20, 2019

    Interesting photos and stories about your brick buildings Rich. I have a difficult time trying to figure out the pattern as described by Tony in his post. My brick education needs study hall.

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