…or what is now known as Petaluma Blvd & East Washington…
The long standing bank building at 199 Petaluma Blvd N (now known as the Seed Bank) resides on the corner of this intersection. An imposing structure, to say the least.
Finally, after many walks over the years, I finally noticed something on the sidewalk at this corner of Petaluma Blvd and Washington—street names and a compass symbol embedded as metal inlays in the cement.
The corner was once known as Main & Washington and is memorialized in the sidewalk inlays in front of the building. As to when they were installed and by whom, I was not able to determine and will leave that task to more competent people. This post is merely a brief documentary of the inlays as they exist today.
They are easy to miss and are frequently obscured by the sun and/or shadows…
Corner of Petaluma Blvd & East Washington
Can’t see them? Look again…in a different light…
Partially Hidden In the Shadows
It required several visits at different times of the day to finally get an image of the entire array…
Main & Washington
The three inlays…
North is thataway?
I could not resist checking out the accuracy of the compass inlay… :-)
…Walker Creek Ranch to be precise…
Over 70 volunteers (including family members in some cases) from area Kaiser Permanente facilities and Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) spent the day at WALKER CREEK RANCH — the Marin County Outdoor School & Conference Center.
They took on many projects in the garden and facility buildings, as well as clearing brush, and planting trees.
To give a sense of the energy and enthusiasm of the volunteers, a few photos are in order!
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So what happens if you carry a very large eye-catching painted rabbit sculpture down Water Street and then put it down for a minute?
Well, first you need the rabbit…
Within seconds, the first visitor appears to check it out…
Sculpture by Roberta Ahrens
Then a few more…
And still more…
The rabbit is the creation of local artist Roberta Ahrens and she was transporting it on its way to a show when we encountered her on Water Street late this afternoon…
From Roberta’s Website…
Roberta Ahrens is one of Northern California’s top decorative painters; she has been published in interior design magazines such as Architectural Digest, and Better Homes and Gardens. Macy’s on Union Square in downtown San Francisco displays a beautiful 81′ x 9′ mural of Roberta’s just inside from the O’Farrel Street entrance.
Her work also adorns the penthouses, Alexandra’s and Victor’s of the Westin St. Francis Hotel, also in San Francisco.
She has worked all over the country, beautified many exclusive private homes, as well as some fabulous hotels, restaurants and wineries.
My apologies for the mixed metaphor in the title but it just seemed to fit my mood at the moment…
Recall, if you will, my post in June 2014 Petaluma’s Newest Mural…by Maxfield Bala that documented the stunning new mural on Water Street.
Well, Mr. Bala has added to it. Granted it is smaller in scope but it carries forth the same theme. I have named it The Chicklet.
For visual context, see below…
The Chicklet Is In The Back Corner
Close Up Views
While on my way to a photo shoot this morning, I happened to notice the Soberanes Wrist-Wrestling Statue and it was, shall we say, looking in need of some attention. Pieces of the base were on the ground and the damage looked fairly recent…
Closer examination revealed the origin of the pieces as well as additional deterioration at the top of the base….
Of course, one never knows where or when they will die, but if you are homeless, the chances are you will die alone…on the street…or in a cold dark place.
And so it was last night in Downtown Petaluma…
“B” Street at Petaluma Blvd. South
Petaluma Police Report No 14-6086
“At approximately 7:30 pm, a citizen reported seeing a man lying face down on the sidewalk near the intersection of “B” Street and Petaluma Boulevard South in downtown Petaluma. The citizen called 911, and Petaluma Police and Fire units responded. The man was transported to Petaluma Valley Hospital, where he was declared deceased. The deceased man was known to be a local transient.”
“The deceased subject had a visible head injury; investigation is continuing to determine how the injury was sustained and its relevance to the case. An autopsy is expected to take place this week.”
“This is the eighth time this year that a person believed to be homeless was found dead outside in Petaluma and the 21st since 2010….During the same four-year period, Petaluma police conducted 238 death investigations overall. Tuesday night’s body is the first of the homeless deaths found on a downtown street….”
“B” Street at Petaluma Blvd. South
Update 12/19/14–The man has been identified as MICHAEL LEE PATTON, 60 YRS
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