Sunday, March 4, 2012

Whimsical Windows - Obsidium

Toby hosts the always fun Whimsical Windows-Delirious Doors. Today's subject is in our town of Ansonia (CT) and is known locally as Obsidium - an office building now, an antiques store previously.

The structure originally housed the Ansonia Savings Bank. The style is neoclassical Greek, and ornate in detail, especially in its 
columns

Its style suggests strength and permanence, just what you hope to see as a bank. Above left and right windows are inscribed 1862 (when it was chartered) and 1900 (the year it opened). In 2006, the shop was closed and the building was restored. It's a real asset to upper Main Street and a worthy addition to this fun meme…

4 comments:

toby said...

Wow, Ralph - this is great! I especially love the intricate detail at the very very top - those little asterisks are really making me smile :)
A worthy addition, indeed! Thanks for joining us once again in WWDD!

Sara said...

It is a beautiful building. I love all those details and it's good to know it has been preserved and restored rather than torn down and replaced with something much less attractive.

Lesley said...

Banks have a certain look to them that always identify them as a former bank no matter what the business has morphed into.

Willow said...

Wow, that is an impressive doorway! Love those columns.