|IOOF Hall below the basketweave brick and bright brackets|
|nice terra cotta, too bad about the in-window a/c|
We started by admiring the classical front of this former bank, and ended in a lovely chat with Jefta Monster, who with wife Cat owns and operates Starlet, a wonderfully popular eclectic shop full of accessories and style for those with a clothing budget.
|one third of the amazing Starlet|
Here's a nice article about the duo and their dream. These two - and their team - deserve every accolade they get!
The shop's been in existence for nine years, and the personality and buzz of the place is still infectious. Even the Globe and Mail likes them!
Downtowns becoming destinations, once more. Napanee is right on trend with their ambitious plan to re-purpose parts of the former Gibbard furniture factory, and add other residential space along the river. I would live there.
And this tiny perfect grey-painted brick jewel. Wouldn't it make a great local eatery? Love that it has its own tree. I would go there.
This is a glimpse of the post office tower, usually obscured by summer foliage, and the heritage committee plaque. I'm impressed (and edified) by all the information the heritage designation plaques contain.
So. The walkabout. Jane is a retired engineer. She has the best eye for detail of anyone I know - and asks a lot of questions! So our downtown tour featured observations like "the bricklayer put in one brick upside down," and "did you notice the face on the parapet?" "What would the ceiling height be on that top floor with the knee-height windows?"
|the bricklayer was no 'star'...note the curved brick|
And then there's: "those grilles aren't symmetrically placed."
And: "the roundels are falling off some of the window hoods."
And it was Jane who noticed (and waved to) the man at the desk in the central bay window of the IOOF hall building I was photographing.
I have the feeling there's another walkabout in our future.
|would love to know the story behind this quizzical face|