This weekend, I participated in a downtown art walk....
The weather was perfect and I was lucky enough to be located in an old bank building in front of the escalators...
I saw lots of friends, made new ones and talked nonstop for four hours!
The old bank lobby still has the beautiful marble walls I remembered from childhood. The building has been closed for years and has just reopened to be renovated.
I went early enough to go upstairs(no electricity) to the main banking area. The art deco ornament still circles the lobby walls , only the gilded columns show the most wear and tear due to the lack of a controlled environment.
This was the most elegant building I knew as a child. The gilded columns, art deco frieze, marble walls and escalator were my first introduction to architectural beauty. You can still see the pattern of the leaf on the columns, now slightly derelict.
Patination and aging have always interested me and seeing the natural light still illuminating the now oxidizing leaf, made it even more beautiful to me. I can't wait to see the restoration of this, almost forgotten art deco structure complete!