Women’s Ward D

I took this photo in 2006 while walking my usual route with my dog around the Richardson Buildings. This is Women’s Ward D, the next to last building on the west end of the complex. I have several similar shots taken in later years, showing some deterioration, trees broken by the October storm and the structural remediation started a few years back. Here’s a link to a larger version.

I’ve long admired the ward buildings, particularly the brick outliers. Compared to the flashy administration building, they have great grace and subtlety and beautifully show Richardson’s mastery.

Radio Belly! Cat Shovel!

Screaming: I deny honeymoon! I deny honeymoon!
running rampant into those almost climactic suites
yelling Radio belly! Cat shovel!
O I’d live in Niagara forever! in a dark cave beneath the Falls
I’d sit there the Mad Honeymooner
devising ways to break marriages, a scourge of bigamy
a saint of divorce-

Meanwhile, on Fly Street . . .

A long-gone building at 42 Fly Street in Buffalo, also long gone. In the infamous Canal District, the baddest of red-light districts in the entire country. This is one kind of old building I really like. Lots of character and a very utilitarian building besides. The current use of the property is for several of the Marine Drive Apartment buildings.