Art, Architecture and Prettiness in Tombstone, Arizona

I thought I’d be able to finish out my series
about Tombstone late last week,
but it wasn’t coming together;
it got pushed to this week.
So… Today we are heading¬†
back to Tombstone…

In light of our recent presidential election 
I thought I’d share this photograph
to kick off the architectural tour
of Tombstone’s beautiful buildings!

There is no particular political message
in this post ~ I wouldn’t do that to you!
I just liked the house and the 
Western Federal~style window casings
along with the sweet windmill out in the front garden.

I love the brick facade of this turn-of-the-last-century 
home here in Tombstone, Arizona.
It’s really interesting to me that when Tombstone¬†
was first built, the people who moved here either 
brought the architectural styles they already 
knew and loved with them
they built the styles that were popular at the time.
We still do that, don’t we?

This is the courthouse that I shared before
and you can see the casements around
each window and how detailed they are
especially when compared to today’s¬†
typical aluminum builder~grade windows.
I love that brick, too!
Don’t you?

Look at the egg & dart moulding along the roofline!
Love that!
Plus who puts French fleur de lis and floral swags
on the outer edges of their buildings today?
Just lovely! 
I shot this building because of that moulding and because of
the beautiful lace curtains hanging in each of its windows.
Lovely against the crackled, peeling paint 
of the casements¬†and the limestone¬†bricks…¬†

You can see some of the false~fronts on these buildings here on Allen Street.

Most of the homes in Tombstone were board and batten
originally; however, I saw that the homes that remain
are clapboard~style and stucco.
The stucco being much more in line what we use today.
The main historical buildings on Allen and Fremont streets
where businesses are have mostly brick facades
on their front elevations.
“False fronts” were popular then
making a building look more important
{and the second story more square instead of pitch~roofed}
and those can still be seen.

Moving into more of the art and prettiness
of Tombstone…
I shared this cabinet before and its lovely 
ironstone in my post
Tombstone ~ The Good, Bad & the Ugly
and I thought I’d get back to my favorite things
from Tombstone.
Beginning with this lovely sugar bowl, below ~ 
a little crazing¬†in this piece’s glazing¬†
from time and age 
don’t detract¬†from this piece. ¬†
It is still beautiful.
I loved its simple beauty.

 Perhaps it got this way from being lost 
in someone’s attic? ¬†¬†
Maybe then it was rediscovered and 
after the finder’s considerable consideration¬†
the sugar bowl was donated to the 
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
where now it resides
for all to see.

This sugar bowl is a nice example of 
ironstone transferware 
which became wildly popular and available
to the middle classes as the engraving process
was improved.
 The resulting transfer of the inked images 
onto a parchment~type paper
were then cut out and hand~rubbed in pieces
onto each china blank.
The china pieces were then fired
(or were first painted with glazing then fired)
producing the transferware used then
and still in production today.

Tea Leaf ironstone is another one of 
the china patterns in the display cabinet, 
on the very bottom shelf.

According to the 
Har-Ber Village
gold luster tea leaf ironstone
has been produced since the mid-1800’s.
It began as a very heavy china and was later
produced in lighter~weight pieces.
of auction house fame
writes that tea leaf is still produced in
gold luster as well as now being made
in a brown leaf.

Since I’m a big fan of tea
it’s interesting to see how many different
china patterns were created just to
celebrate tea!

Here are some of the Tombstone courthouse’s collection¬†
of silver cakestands, candleholders, and other
fine silver pieces.

This next display is a beautifully embroidered cloth
that a Chinese emigrant owned.
This man, Hop, ran the one and only 
Chinese restaurant in
and it had a hopping business
{perhaps where that saying comes from}.
I darkened this photo and intensified the colors a bit to show how vibrant the embroidery
would have been when it was first created.

The detail in this piece is incredible!

There are many other works of art
in this museum
especially Native American pieces
of pottery and bead work.

The history of the silver mining operations, 
the saloons and brothels are told here.
The Earps and the Clantons big gun fight 
is also recounted here.
Stories of Apaches Cochise and Nachise
(Cochise’s son)
are also told.
Theirs is a tale of cattle rustling and fights
with the US Army
along the Mexican-Arizona Territory border.

Lastly, I wanted to share this 1890’s satin¬†dress. ¬†
Fashion was very important to the ladies of 
western towns as this 
winter dress shows.

I hope you have enjoyed this historical tour 
of the many things which were important to 
the people of Tombstone, Arizona.
These people certainly lived out 
their town’s motto ~
“The town too tough to die.”

Surviving the area’s harsh climate and
¬†Tombstone’s even rougher ways and hard economy,
Tombstone’s inhabitants worked hard to make
their lives better and more refined.

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Blessings to you,
Barb ūüôā


Burning through Atlanta ~ 2016

The Grand Hyatt
3300 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Today’s post is¬†all about¬†the beautiful city of¬†
¬†Atlanta, GA…

When flying into Atlanta,¬†you’ll notice three city-heads from the air:¬†downtown, midtown, and¬†affluent¬†uptown

The Design Bloggers Conference was held at The Grand Hyatt,
seen in the lead photograph above, was a beautiful hotel.

The Grand Hyatt
3300 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Originally a small farming community, Buckhead grew into a bustling commercial center with high-rise apartments, condominiums and office buildings mixed in
with older homes.
Having original and¬†remodeled homes¬†still¬†being loved and lived in since¬†the late 1800’s is¬†a testament¬†to the people of Atlanta’s¬†
“love of home.”

Nice to see that Atlantians care about their historical homes 
and that not every old home needs to be torn down.
Taking care and having foresight¬†to see that their city¬†could be revitalized¬†and modernized¬†but¬†still keep its personality¬†is so important¬†in¬†today’s throw-away-mentality-world!

I was surprised to find so many Federal, Colonial and antebellum-style homes around Buckhead.  They reminded me of the homes
I’d see when visiting my parents in Connecticut.
It was almost a dejá vu feeling!
I love this combination of homes, personally!

Lots of personality to this part of Atlanta!

an asymmetric Colonial style home in Buckhead, Atlanta
I also love how homes here are set back farther from the street
and some have lovely covered porte-cocheres
on the side of the house.
This is where a horse and buggy would pull up to let family
and friends disembark back in the day.

Evening skies over the Buckhead area of Atlanta

A little¬†history lesson for you…

Atlanta was originally named Terminus, a very apt name distinguishing the city as the Zero-Mile Post convergence for 
four major railroad lines shipping goods from the area
to the mid-west from the 1830’s to the 1850’s.¬†¬†Hence,¬†this is why¬†
General William Tecumseh Sherman
burned Atlanta to the ground during the Civil War
(all except hospitals and churches, although hospitals
were ordered evacuated) 
as the area was THE major distribution hub 
for military supplies coming into the South.

After the war, as Terminus’s economy resurrected, a¬†movement to rename the city grew¬†and¬†for a short time Terminus
was known as Thrasherville. 
Shortly thereafter, though…

    ‘Gov. Lumpkin asked them [city officials] to¬†name¬†it after his young daughter instead, and Terminus became Marthasville. In 1845, the chief engineer of the¬†Georgia¬†Railroad, (J. Edgar Thomson) suggested that Marthasville be renamed “Atlantica-Pacifica”, which was quickly shortened to “Atlanta.” ‘¬†https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Atlanta¬†

(and aren’t we all glad that the city was renamed?!)

The western sky as I walked back to my hotel after the first day
at conference.

A little garden tucked away at the Grand Hyatt, Buckhead Atlanta.

I love the feeling of this hidden gem of a garden ~
soooo serene, so ethereal!

Love the ferns and can you spot the Japanese pagoda?

While walking to the Design Bloggers Conference last Monday morning, I met a gentleman cleaning out a little store in one of these hundred year old homes that had been added-onto.
He was bringing out the most amazing old cabinets pulled from houses in the area… I could have brought home several¬†chipped and peeling cabinets,¬†nightstands, and a small buffet piece that he had!
I should have taken a picture but¬†I didn’t think¬†of that until later.
This shop was going out of business and this gentleman 
was just doing a little cleaning in preparation for a final sale.
Alas… another time!


The Grand Hyatt Buckhead’s grand chandelier!
(wouldn’t you like to take it home?!)

This was a wonderfully quick trip ~ I learned soooo much about blogging, a bunch about marketing, and met many wonderful people whose companies were sponsors of the DBC.
I also met many great bloggers, a few of my personal favorite blogger mentors and I feel like I burned my way through Atlanta!
I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of
Atlanta’s Buckhead area.

Please click on the link:
Design Bloggers Conference
to read more about the DBC!

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***All information came from Wikipedia and various entries therewith, including:

Happy Sunday and may the Lord
richly bless you,