In a now-quiet Ohio Valley steel town—right around the corner from the famously abandoned car dealership—stands a building so grand for its purpose, it’s difficult to believe it was simply a greenhouse and florist. The English Tudor-style building is so very handsome it seems to have been plucked from one of Britain’s verdant fields and plunked in the centre of fields of concrete instead; that it is flanked by massive, overgrown greenhouses made it an even more outstanding sight.
This is not the original Riverview florist and greenhouse headquarters (nor the last); that caught fire in 1935. The Tudor edifice in my photographs was designed by East Liverpool architect Robert Beatty, with the admonition he include pieces of the old greenhouse building—specifically, charred beams rescued from the ashes of the original. These Beatty integrated into the French doors leading to the greenhouses. Presumably, there they remain, future success built, as it nearly always is, on the success of the past.
You’re probably thinking this enterprise must have been at least a little successful for such an impressive structure to serve a florist & greenhouse during the Great Depression, and you’re right. It’s such a marvellous story, too!
My post about signs in doors on Monday tempted me to post photos I took of an abandoned car dealership (as “Five Star” is from that series), and though they’re autumn photos, since I may have whetted your whistle it seemed kinder to simply go for it today.
They’re older photos (as often happens here), but I am proud of my work, and let’s be honest: an abandoned car dealership with cars still inside? It’s the stuff (some) dreams are made of. To be honest, looking at the photos, it’s kind of hard to believe I took them nearly four years ago next month (and we will not discuss September’s approach—don’t you dare!)
I first read about the East Liverpool, Ohio Chrysler-Dodge-Plymouth-Jeep dealer in Jalopnik. It was not at all far away from where we lived in West Virginia at the time, so off Hubby and I went to check it out; trust me, no vintage car buff could resist that kind of lure…least of all yours truly.
Just for fun, I edited a photograph of the abandoned filling station I posted Friday in two different ways, one my own and another a little bit after fellow photographer Leanne Cole. Now, obviously no two photographers will edit a photograph the same way—indeed, the same photographer is likely to come up with something subtly or even dramatically different on different days!—but I gave it a whirl. Continue reading →