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Wednesday, August 03, 2011



Drive-up banking at Fifth and Jefferson, Springfield. I have better pictures of this scene. But, I like this one, because you can see the reflection of a flag flying in the polished granite. It's actually a deep wine colored granite. It's just washed out looking because I made no attempt to control the lighting. Plus, I shot it with my phone camera.

James Krohe writes about local architecture two weeks in a row in the Illinois Times:

From the second article:

Springfield’s Trivial Pursuit is not a party game that is much played these days, except by candidates for state representative seats. Several different versions were released over the years in an attempt to broaden the market by narrowing the appeal to, variously, science buffs, movie obsessives or nostalgists. High time, perhaps, for a Springfield version. Here’s a question to start: “Name the four buildings in Springfield designed by famous architecture firms.”

He lists the four, but missed a fifth. The Gwendolyn Brooks Building was designed by famed Chicago architects Graham, Anderson, Probst and White (also successors to the successors of equally famed Burnham and Root).

I'm not a critic of architecture, but I know what I like. And there's a lot to like in downtown Springfield -- even modern. Some of it just takes a really super long time to grow on you.

Posted by Marie at August 3, 2011 9:05 PM


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