Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Who Doesn't Love A Castle?

When you hear a location referred to as a castle district, 
you can't help but be curious, 
especially after having just returned from a trip to castle laden Germany. 


This building is castle-like, 
especially since its original purpose was a post office. 
Does this looks like a post office to you?

Post Office Remains

I have NEVER seen a US Post Office this beautiful. 
Today, the post office has been moved to a more post office like structure and 
the old building serves as a museum related to the history of Saginaw. 

Myers Bros Jewelry Store

The museum has some interesting displays, 
including this original jewelry store. 
The Myers Bros Jewelry Store 
was open 1914 -1974 in Saginaw. 


I have to wonder what a post office used a staircase like this for. 


They definitely were not hauling mail up and down those steps.  


Or chandeliers like that? 
It is more like an old mansion than a post office! 
But in 1898 someone had architectural beauty in mind. 

A nearby church

Outside there were some other beautiful buildings - 
which is how the name Castle District came about. 

The Hoyt Library next door was closed when I was there. 

Walking around these few blocks had some nice structures, 
but outside of this immediate area I didn't feel quite so safe. 

Saginaw Block


Castle Museum 
500 Federal Ave, Saginaw, MI 48607 
Free parking in rear 
Donation $1 - Worth every cent. 

For more images of the Castle District click here





Monday, December 4, 2017

Just Another Historic Iron Site in PA

The Lockridge Iron Works remains is something 
my husband and I just discovered. 

 

It's just about an hour from where we live - 
our intended destination was the nearby Alburtis Tavern. 


But we arrived early and decided to investigate the area. 


There is a museum in side the building, 
but that was closed when we arrived. 


I love roaming through the ruins...
and he loves reading the history. 
That's what makes these little adventures work for us. 

Lockridge Park 
525 Franklin St, Alburtis, PA 18011

More images can be viewed here. 






Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Cool Architectural Find

A surprising find in Bay City Michigan - 
the City Hall! 


This building is like a castle and was built in 1894. 


The crazy thing is, 
you can just walk in and start taking pictures. 
Try that in Philly and you'll get arrested! 


I felt uncomfortable doing that 
so I looked for someone to ask. 
There was no one around...no reception...no security. 

 

I finally found a payment office and asked, 
"Sure, take all the photos you want." 
Wow. 


The clock tower is free to tour on your own as well.  
From there you can get a bird's eye view of the 'city.'  
Which is hardly a city. 


If you like architecture, 
definitely tour this place. 

301 Washington Ave, Bay City, MI 48708

More of my images from Bay City are here. 




Monday, November 27, 2017

Fall in Valley Forge

Most of these leaves have probably fallen by now 
since my visit to Valley Forge National Park was a few weeks ago. 

 

This was the site of a Revolutionary War encampment 
of the Continental Army under George Washington. 


The park is beautiful any time of year - 
but most beautiful in fall with so many vibrant colors. 

National Memorial Arch

I have come to realize that being a Philly suburban girl 
really does have advantages. 

This field really was like a painting.
I edited with Topaz Impression to enhance that feel. 

In about an hour I can be at the beach to the east 
or mountains to the northwest. 


I can make a day trip to New York City, Baltimore Harbor or Washington DC. 
And the history - there's so much history!

Washington's Headquarters  

I just have to remind myself of these things 
with every traffic jam I encounter.  

To Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice 

Valley Forge National Park is definitely worth the visit. 
You can drive, bike or hike through the roads and/or trails. 
There is a six mile loop that hits most of the sights. 

1400 N Outer Line Dr, King of Prussia, PA 19406


My photos of the park can be seen here.