I was visiting my hometown and didn't really find much at my usual hunting spots, so I took some pics of a few cool mid century commercial buildings and my favorite house.My hometown is a small rural city that peaked at a population of around 30,000 in the early 1970's. The city was built on manufacturing of digging equipment, road maintenance equipment, railroads, agriculture and (improbably) advertising.
This building was built by the telephone company
Hey, is this building a Broyhill Brasilia or a Kent Coffey Perspecta?
Right behind the cool telephone building is this Eero Saarinen-esque church
Just down the road from both of the previous buildings is this cool little complex of three buildings that used to have a super cool water feature plaza.
Behind the bank is a building that is an architect's office.
Sadly, this plaza used to have a stream that flowed down a water course cut into a series of terraced platforms to a pond that I suspect had a fountain.
The red building at the base of the pond has been empty for quite some time and is as dilapidated as the plaza. I can so imagine eating my lunch by the running water on the plaza.
One wacky fact about my hometown is that it was the advertising capital of the midwest. No joke, it had more advertising business than any city between New York and Chicago.
This was the headquarters for the largest of the three advertising agencies. It has a sorta Bauhaus feel.
Lastly, this is my favorite house.
I really dig the bridge to the red front door
This awesome house even has an awesome front yard light
Now do you see why I find cool stuff in my hometown?