I am one of those who are “soft” on the old buildings around towns. Maybe it’s their historic value, or that they’ve escaped the wrecking ball, or they remind us, or evoke sentiments of a bygone era.
Identifying architectural styles isn’t my thing and, like art, I know what I do and don’t like. Straight lines, all-glass surfaces and too much steel and strut are not my thing. My preference leans towards ornate, elaborate and complex all of which must be aesthetically pleasing – to me at least.
From my photo-stash here are some examples of buildings I photographed because they appealed.
From Adelaide we did a number of day trips to surrounding towns and wineries. The church featured below is in Hahndorf, a quaint if kitsch, town settled by German immigrants early in the nineteenth century. The inscription on the foundation stone is in old German and because it is so weather-worn it was difficult to read the whole plaque.
We arrived in the town expecting to find a picnic spot to enjoy our lunch and we did not anticipate the crowds of people everywhere. Consequently we found a parking space a kilometre from the town centre and no park benches in sight. The walls along the driveway were the right height for us to sit on and have our lunch.
A city’s tourist attractions are must sees, of course, but for me wandering the streets and processing questions of life ‘back in the day’ is more appealing. Wondering about the fashion, occupations and modes of transport of generations long gone are fascinating. I mean, seriously, can you not imagine the men, women and children wandering up the driveway to Kirk each Sunday. Their clothes quite unsuitable for the Australian heat yet so beautiful.
Old buildings are a testament to the “technological” prowess, craftsmanship, and artistry of those times. They are a monument to a culture that was new in its evolution and one we celebrate, in the twenty-first century, when we call ourselves a multicultural or multi-national country.
Day Two of the 2019 A-Z Challenge which I am participating in during the month of April. The challenge is to post six days a week, Sunday respite or catching up with other participants and their posts. Each of the twenty-six days represents a letter of the alphabet and while each post stands alone they form part of a loose theme reflecting our retirement trip around Australia.