Old(er)


Age is a relative thing, something (or someone) is either younger (or newer) or older than another by a certain amount of time, whether it is by minutes, days, years, decades, centuries, etc.

I’ve grown up knowing the Hand-in-Hand Insurance Building (and others of its time) and they’ve become landmarks to me, that makes them old, or older than the stuff that went up in the last decade anyway.

They may not be of the Victorian era, so their architectural aesthetics may be less appealing, but they are certainly a lot more appealing than many of the concrete boxes that are being erected these days.

The Hand-in-Hand building always reminded me of a concrete and stone attempt to look Victorian, or maybe semi-Greco-Roman, but I’m not an architect and my terms may be far off the mark.

I had always admired its arches, the wrought-iron fence, the wrought-iron “fret-work” that created the arches between the columns, the low-sprawling style of the building.

When I took this photo I never intended to process it in Sepia tone, yet that is what appealed to me when I began processing, and to help the age along a bit, I added a light vignette (hopefully not too noticeable)

So this building is Newer than Victorian, but probably older than I am 🙂

Hand-in-Hand – 7216
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4 thoughts on “Old(er)

  1. One of the major reasons Georgetown mostly looks terrible is simply because we have no kind of historical society (not one with teeth) or appreciation for our history.

    I think this one is older than you think though, I’ve seen it in some of the oldest photos of Georgetown I can remember.

  2. I worked at Income Tax 1964 to 1970 [then located at GPO building; not sure where they are now] and saw this building every day of my working life. I remember it well and it always had an appeal in its aesthetics. Pity that GT has no well established “historical society” for the preservation of older buildings.

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