Amazing Stonework, August 24

Today’s building was an accidental find. I was looking for the QC Coffee & Pancake House and this was across the street. All the buildings in this area seem to be from the late 1800s matching styles of dated buildings but I found no date on this building. While the building itself is interesting by shape, the details on the building are fascinating. I asked someone if the features were carved wood but he said they were probably concrete. I question that as one of the pictures with chipped paint looks like wood but regardless, they are awesome, so there are lots of detail photos for today.

This area of the midwest, back in the 1700s, was owned by right of birth by the Sauk Indians, and their chief was Black Hawk. This building honors the Indians with its design as does much of the area. While not wanting to get into the horrors’ of what all they went through, I do want to share with you the design of this building which is now a dinner theater. Theaters built in the late 1800s and early 1900s show artist flair with their design and this one is no exception.

Rock Island Dinner Theater

The building is brick with masonry windows and artist details. I thought it is interesting how the corner was rounded including the window. With all the windows, I have to tie in with Ludwig’s Monday Window.

The window in the corner has a likeness of Black Hawk above it. The window itself is metal with a iron grill.

Corner Window with Black Hawk

The details above the curved window closer to the roof line showed more artistic details, even in the brick work.

Here is a closer closer look at the side details. Not sure if this is true representation of the Sauk tribe, but still intriguing.

The door into the theater was pretty plain but the windows above the marquee were very detailed.

Windows above the marquee

The carvings above each window show columns and more intricate details.

The the last photo is of the roofline above the marquee.

Roof line above

I hope you enjoyed this walk through the beauty of this building. Many older building have fascinating stories they could tell if only we stop long enough to listen. And in closing, I remind you to be kind. Kindness is a gift we do not share often enough.

Always Be Kind

4 thoughts on “Amazing Stonework, August 24

  1. Anita, just a heads-up about Rudy, the blogger labeled “numrhood” who just said “hi” to you in the comment section of my current blog post: He has autism, so you may find some of the things he says don’t seem to make sense (he’s obsessed with numbers, for one thing). But he does appreciate people interacting with him (a lot of people ignore him because they don’t know what he’s talking about). Blessings.


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