The Corner of Main & Washington…

…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

Corner of Petaluma Blvd & East Washington

Can’t see them? Look again…in a different light…

Hidden In the Shadows

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

Main & Washington

The three inlays…

Washhington

Washington

Main Street

Main Street

North is that away?

North is thataway?

I could not resist checking out the accuracy of the compass inlay… :-)

Reasonably Accurate

Reasonably Accurate

Outdoor Photo Gallery…American Alley

Petaluma’s American Alley has been one of my favorite haunts for photo ops…particularly in the rainy season when the colors really stand out in the morning.

During a recent walk I noticed what I can only describe as a photo gallery of  several images in the alley. All but one appear to have been taken in the alley. 

As to the “who, what and why” behind these photos, I cannot say. Like most things in the American Alley, they just appeared.

They seem to be more than selfies.

They are printed on paper and have survived the rains…so far.  But, being American Alley, some of the photos have already been defaced.

So I present below a “gallery” of shots to preserve the scene as it existed as of  December 20, 2014… 

DOOR #1

American Alley

American Alley

CLOSE UP

American Alley

American Alley

DOOR #2

American Alley

American Alley

CLOSE UP

American Alley

American Alley

 DOOR #3

American Alley

American Alley

 Door #4

American Alley

American Alley

 

READER NOTE— For those interested in photography, I offer something from the past– Film Shield (Remember Film?)

Quotidian Scenes…Petaluma

I have not decided whether to continue with this blog site, or to focus (pun intended) more on my photo blog.

So, I will continue to offer a blend of offerings on both sites until I make a decision or inertia intervenes…

For your consideration today, I first offer a view of two Petaluma bicycle racks–one photo gives me pause as to how the bicycles made it to the rack and whether they will depart.  The other photo…a promo for a new store–“Opperfields” ?  Or did someone remove the “C” from the Copperfield’s rack?

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Target on Water St!

Really, you would think Target would take a lesson from Safeway on cart management.  Still you have to admire the tenacity of the person who pushed this puppy all the way to Water St.

Target expanding to Water Street? (Petaluma)

Target expanding to Water Street? (Petaluma)

Finally, if you are interested in photos made for themselves and not expressing a social comment (at least I did not intend to do so), go to my photo blog and check out Scenes about  (Petaluma) town…

History At Your Feet Part I…Petaluma’s Downtown

The buildings on Kentucky St. and Petaluma Blvd. are home to an active business and retail district but they also represent and reflect Petaluma’s past…

Kentucky & E. Washington

Kentucky & E. Washington

From my perspective, this area is also a terrific location for photography and I concentrated my efforts there from February to July in 2012.  See Downtown…Photo Grid

I thought I had thoroughly “absorbed” the area during my photo grid project. However, on a recent visit, I happened to look down.

Herold's

Herold’s

Granted I had noticed (but did not note) this marble and tile work from my past walks but I now wondered about the thresholds and entry ways of other buildings. So I decided to attempt a photo survey of sorts. I mainly confined my efforts to Kentucky St. and Petaluma Blvd. bordered by East Washington and Western Avenue…

FINDINGS

  • Not every building has a marble, granite, or tile threshold or entryway.  Many are simply standard sidewalk concrete presentations.
  • On the other hand, I did find many intricate mosaic tile displays, some mixed with marble or granite.  Some contain the street address or the names of previous businesses from the distant past. For example, Daunt’s, Nielsen’s, S & G, L & M Drug Co.
  • Other locations did have tiled entrances but they were, shall we say, in various stages of deterioration.
  • Some locations reflect modern tile work which is quite colorful.

According to local historian, Katherine J Rinehart, much of the older work was by  E.W.M. Evans: “Evans and his sons are responsible for much of the tile and marble work you see in downtown building entrances. He died in 1942 and according to one obituary, ‘…he took pride in the work of installing monuments, vaults and granite curbing. He also installed many store fronts, tiled floorings and marble work.'”

Over time, more and more of the tile and marble work may disappear as remodeling takes place. In fact, I observed tile being removed and replaced with concrete last week in one location. 

My goal for this project was to try and document some of  what remains. 

For example, this elaborate mosaic tile apron on Kentucky & Western…

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…and the scenes in this gallery.

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In Part II I will take you to the doorway of a famous Petaluma building>> (CLICK HERE)

Breaking News! Jumping Stilts in Petaluma!

The staff at The Petaluma Spectator (I, Me, Myself & My Shadow) are pleased to be the first to report on the latest pedestrian advancement…first spotted on the East Side…

Jumping Stilts

Jumping Stilts

Jumping Stilts! Think of them, I suppose, as a pogo stick on each leg…

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Granted, we did a triple take when encountering this scene.  For more information check out Jumping Stilts – A NEW Sport With Super Human Abilities!

Rebuilding Together Petaluma–Helping Hands

On October 19th, 120 volunteers from Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) descended upon eight local homes to assist low-income homeowners in need of critical home repairs and maintenance.

I think of RTP events as a kind of coordinated series of community barn raisings in terms of the spirit of the day and the participants from across the community.

Nina Zhito shot a series of photos for the Petaluma Argus Courier and I believe that one of them is particularly symbolic of the day.  I have given it a working title of Helping Hands

Photo Courtesy of the Petaluma Argus Courier

Photo Courtesy of the Petaluma Argus Courier

To see all of Nina Zhito’s RTP photos on Petaluma 360, click HERE

Joan Bunn was also on site with her trusty Canon to capture the spirit of the workday…

PHOTO CREDIT--Joan Bunn

PHOTO CREDIT–Joan Bunn

And I was there practicing my usual “Gonzo” Photo Techniques…

PHOTO CREDIT--Frank Simpson

PHOTO CREDIT–Frank Simpson

NOTE: To view the complete collection of photos from Joan and others, go to RTP’s Smugmug gallery atRTPetaluma and peruse the top six galleries to see all the action shots!

As a tease for the RTP Smugmug galleries, I offer a brief photo gallery below for your consideration…

PHOTO GALLERY

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