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The Striptease of History

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quuf From: quuf Date: January 16th, 2010 07:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
What a lovely building. Where is it?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 16th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's in San Francisco. I'm not sure what it is, though. It does recall the Pacific Bell building, as chefx suggested, but is more squat and has less "modern" caps on the façade columns.
quuf From: quuf Date: January 17th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Is it the Russ Building?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 17th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's it! I never knew the name of it. Thanks.
flw From: flw Date: January 16th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You start to see that late afternoon light everywhere. I second quuf's question, where are you? You need to have a bell on you like a cat, you're always somewhere.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 16th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
To be fair, I frequently use the "travel" tag for past trips. I just found a missing SD card that had been lost since late 2008, so I'm sorting through it for images worthy of sharing.

San Francisco, where this was taken, has amazing late-afternoon light. It's different from the light here, because the reflected glare off the ocean and bay sometimes give the effect of diffusing and multiplying the source, giving a "lit from below" effect. We get that latter look, at time, when the sun is creeping out from below a bank of clouds in the west. But our light is more orange and illuminates less evenly.
kinderheldin From: kinderheldin Date: January 17th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
This picture really speaks to me. (Intensely.) Orange illumination. :>
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 17th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm glad. I love the way the reflections off the windows on the portion of the building whose façade is in shadow here cast that glow on the lower part on the right.
kinderheldin From: kinderheldin Date: January 17th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Indeed, the one shadow (to the left) is overt; the other is the shadow of a shadow. I'm right there.

Once again, ever ...


O God, I could be bounded in a nut shell and count
myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I
have bad dreams.


Which dreams indeed are ambition, for the very
substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.


A dream itself is but a shadow.


Truly, and I hold ambition of so airy and light a
quality that it is but a shadow's shadow.


Then are our beggars bodies, and our monarchs and
outstretched heroes the beggars' shadows. Shall we
to the court? for, by my fay, I cannot reason.
bitterlawngnome From: bitterlawngnome Date: January 16th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I could have sworn that to be the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitney_Block - the architectural details are wrong but the NSEW orientation and the way the sunlight falls on it in the evenings ... identical.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 16th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Cool! I don't remember seeing that building during my visits to Toronto. I bet that the lake leads to a similar diffusion of the light as the ocean and bay in San Francisco do. Actually, the Whitney Block looks more like the Pacific Bell building -- see chefx's comment below -- than this one, which is more squat. But they are all of the same general provenance, trying to integrate nineteenth-century Neo-Gothic lines and ornamentation with modern building techniques. That's why I used that subject header: they put on extra "clothes" as a way of cloaking their Bauhaus-worthy undergirding.
chefxh From: chefxh Date: January 16th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Where in the world is Charlie Sandiego?

Pac Bell building on New Montgomery?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 16th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Where in the world is Charlie Sandiego?

As I noted in the comments above, it's not the Pac Bell building. But it's close to it. The Pac Bell building is taller and more vertical in its visual dynamics. And the façade columns are capped in a more futuristic way than here. Great guess, though! I wish I knew what the building was named.
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