Not far from my home was the site of an old tannery from the early 1800's...
Some years ago a developer built a very high end mall on the site
which, of course, came to be known as The Old Tannery Mall.
The architecture is quite stunning (I think)
but apparently the developer neglected to note that this small community
is surrounded by farmland
and the mall just didn't seem to be able to maintain its high end retailers...
It is now home to the local GO train station,
(commuter trains to the big city on weekdays)
a private vocational school,
a few government offices and
program space for the nearby hospital...
One day earlier this summer, while participating in one of these programs
I took my camera along to capture some of the beauty of the place
looking between marble balusters from the third floor to the coffee shop on the main floor
looking straight out over the second floor and the countryside to the north
those trees in the centre of the mall are all real!
this round balcony overlooking the main floor
is very popular with local wedding photographers
looking up to part of the second floor - note the detailed work on the ceiling
straight up fro the main floor
I LOVE the natural light that the huge glass roof provides
looking up to the place where the first photos were taken from
a cleverly disguised elevator shaft
marble fountain reflecting an arch and a headless looking photographer...
that would be me *lol*
beyond the fountain
a hallway from a mall entrance
the archway and door into unoccupied space
that apparently was once a very high end restaurant.
I love so many things about the architecture of this building
perhaps most, the mixture of old and new styles...
Busy getting ready for our wedding
so didn't have a chance to experiment with textures yet
so sharing SOOC with Photo Art Friday - architectural edition.
Have a peek at the amazing art on display there now!