I have always loved faded, painted advertising on buildings. Maybe that’s why I enjoy public art so much as it acts as a use for a wall that was simply being a wall until the artists’ hand had its’ way with it. It’s probably why I rarely disdain graffiti. I see purpose in it, even when it’s not creative in a traditional sense. It’s a type of journalism, maybe?
Today, while driving through West Baltimore, I came across a building that I have never seen before. A true throwback to an earlier time that,with a little research, is revealed to have been straddling two eras in transportation technology.
On this corner in West Baltimore:I found this building:beautiful, isn’t it? Here is a view of the backside;What I found out from the internet is that this building, that obviously was home to a Carriage building business, was built in 1900. How could the owners of the company known that in a couple of decades, automobiles would take over the world, making their product obsolete. I would love to know how much longer this business stayed afloat in the wake of American car culture. It’s also interesting and slightly ironic to me that I found this monument to an old technology the same week that Baltimore has seen some of its’ citizens take to riding horses through the streets again, possibly in response to the crack down on the illegal dirt bike movement that has been stunted lately by the redirection of traffic in Northwest Baltimore. Baltimore, Never Boring! (our new slogan)