Monday, September 16, 2013

STAUNTON Virginia's West Beverley Street: Print & Postcard

Staunton Virginia's "main street", Beverley Street, in a veritable museum of architectural styles, thanks to turn-of-the-century eclectic architect T.J. Collins.
Thanks to architectural historians and architects (Frazier Associates), business owners, leaders, planners and preservationists (Historic Staunton Foundation) over the past four decades, Staunton's architectural heritage has been preserved and utilized. A stroll today down Beverley in downtown Staunton offers antique, jewelry, gifts and book shops, a fine cigar and gentlemens' accoutrements shop, live music and fantastic restaurants - leave room for gelato afterwards at the Split Banana in the old Masonic Temple!
The Masonic Temple was designed by Chicago architect I.E.A. Rose and built in 1896.
The National Valley Bank was designed by T.J. Collins and this portion, center, was built in 1903.
I'm kind of keen on those triangular flag banners. Homemade white fabric banners like this decorated the Sears Hill Bridge Re-Opening here at the Depot in April - and I was smitten. Beverley Street's no stranger to festive decoration - wait 'til you see my Woodrow Wilson-inspired Staunton Print, in the works...
Of course -- Postcards, too! A souvenir to send, or keep.
The banner flags draping the back of the card kind of remind me of the tricolor stripe on international  AirMail envelopes.

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