DoHo bricks overview2 What is required to own your place on the planet, know it, and to share belonging with it?
Terry Tempest Williams

I’m a fool for degraded buildings situated in old neighborhoods. They seem to blend into their surroundings like boulders aside a mountain trail. I’m drawn to patches of plaster revealing old bricks manufactured in the early 1900’s at a local brick yard and from clay mined nearby, brass door knobs worn silky smooth with use, the permanence of a black iron hinge shaped on a blacksmith’s anvil when the town was new in 1880, the geometric designs in tin ceilings, oak floors burnished from 100 years of stepping and standing in leather-soled shoes, the glow of a wood handle on a vise, polished by a working man’s hand, a carpenter’s leather apron worn slick in the tool pockets, a robin’s-egg blue pottery bread bowl in my mother’s pantry that she inherited from her grandmother Anna who immigrated from Sweden in the late 1800’s, a milky green wood handle of a whisk that for over a hundred years beat egg whites into angel food cakes.
I like to see cracks and dents, faded colors and uneven plaster walls. They remind me of a past I share with the families who designed and built our small towns in rural Nebraska, and that our main street and neighborhood buildings were built to endure over time and did not just pop-up like Morel mushrooms in May. mccook exposed brick
I connect with the original buildings of these old towns. They illustrate the hopes and dreams of our fore fathers and mothers . They are a priceless inheritance, and link us like our dna to the families who came with hope and determination to create new lives of opportunity for all and to build their dreams. Their values are visible in the lofty buildings, many of a Greco-Roman architectural style. orleans library The structures they designed speak to us of prosperity, progress, integrity and high standards, and commitment to a quality that the first owners wanted for themselves and the generations that follow. gallery lights2


  1. Juliar Nur September 15, 2014 at 7:32 pm -

    thanks for the suggestion too

  2. Juliar Nur September 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm -

    it is true, we must keep what our granpa and granma give to us

  3. kare preis April 13, 2014 at 8:10 pm -

    Betty Sayers,
    Thank you for your blog. I love old buildings, well anything old really. I image the people that may have been there, lived their lives. I also love the quality of construction and feeling of utility. Not the extravagance of some today. It is heart breaking when people who don’t see the value and opt for destruction and replacement.

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