In the good old days I always had this phrase on my resume: “detail-oriented.” This was a good thing for an administrator, making certain nothing fell through the cracks. I’m still working on it as a photographer. After all, there are details and then there are details. The buildings on the Insider’s Historic Building Tour in Port Townsend last Sunday were all terrific. But the details were my eye candy. Like the window pull, above, in the Cracker Factory. And it wasn’t until I pulled the shot up on my computer screen that I saw the tiny bubbles and imperfections in the original glass of the window. Cool!
These door hinges from the Cracker Factory were also in the Hastings Building, albeit less buffed. In the late 1800s I’d guess that a single foundry served the region and that choices were somewhat limited. By today’s standards these would be the “very fancy, extra-nice” option, at least in my opinion.
This door pull was in a third building we visited, one that’s now called the “Mount Baker Block,” but started out its life as the “Eisenbeis Block,” the same Eisenbeis as built the Cracker Factory which I showed you a couple of days ago. The work on this is splendid.
“What’s this?” you may ask. I’m not sure if it’s decoration or function, but it is on the under side of a stairway in the Mount Baker Block. I thought it was another “don’t see much like that anymore” detail.
Details, details: I find them interesting. Pretty. And a view onto a time when there was artistry, personal effort, and a lot of pride put into the little things. It still exists today, but is shown in different ways, in a vastly different world.