History Written in Brick

On the way to the airport at the end of my summer trip to Ohio, we stopped in Ravenna for mass, and I was struck by the amount of history that could be seen in the wall of a building facing the parking lot...

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 19mm — 1/90 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Lot'a History

I don't know how old the wall is, but the town was founded in 1799, so it's not older than 208 years old. But you can see several generations in the various brickworks, where windows were added then bricked up, then made into windows again.

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/100 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

I'd guess that the brick arches are from the earliest windows, and that others have been cut into the wall at various times.

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Your post reminded me of this How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built, a very interesting book about how buildings change over time, just like in your photo.

— comment by Zak on September 15th, 2007 at 12:51am JST (16 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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