For this week's installment of Ruby Tuesday, the brainchild of Mary (aka:The Teach), I offer my submittal.
This week, it is a picture of the former Olde Birmingham Bank in Derby, Ct. Currently housing a restaurant, it was constructed in 1892-1893. The Derby Historical Society refers to the design being "constructed as a monument, richly detailed with Sullivanesque and Neo-Greek elements". I don't know much about architectural history, but I'll take their word for it.
The red stonework is stunning, and reminds me of the elegant brownstones you might find say around Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Massive to be sure, but elegant yet delicate in its myriad detailing. Style wise, classier than anything modern constructed of steel and glass.
When I met Patti in 1985, we had dined there when it was the Olde Birmingham Restaurant, and it retained the 1893 style and details inside as well. And neatest of all, the red wine cellar was housed in the original vault. A stylish reminder of a bygone era.