Yesterday my husband and I were at our favorite Mexican restaurant in Oakland, and of course I had to take a few pictures while we were out. The unusual shaped building was built in the 1880’s and housed the Maclise Drug Store. During the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, it suffered significant damage. it was seismically retrofitted and is now the home of a law office.
When the building was built, it wasn’t tiny, it was huge: instead of looking small compared to everything else, everything around it looked very small.
On February 20, 1979 the Maclise Drug Store Building (spelling as per the City of Oakland) was designated the 25th Oakland landmark. The building is also listed as one of California’s historical places.
I love doors….they can say a lot about what’s on the inside. Not always, but a lot of times it’s the case. These doors are on the outside of the Mormon Temple in Oakland….a temple I’ll never be able to enter because non-Mormons are forbidden to enter. I’m sure a lightening bolt would come down from the heavens and strike me if I tried to open that door, lol.
The other day we were walking around a cute little area in Oakland after having ice cream and I saw this church. I’ve “seen” this church over the years probably since I was about seven but never really looked at it. Fortunately I had my camera, so I took a few shots as the sun was setting in the west. My mission lately is to see the light on things and to expand my horizons with black and white photography. I think it’s a good exercise to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. I really want to improve and hope this exercise will get me there………eventually. 🙂