Sunday, December 2, 2012

Whimsical Windows - Olde world


Toby hosts the fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors where we look for the unique. As I have been scanning many old prints, I chose these as different in character than we may be used to. The time is August 1982, the place the charming town of Stadthagen, 40 or so km from Hanover. The buildings date back hundreds of years and look it...I assume that on the left is a tavern - the keg over the door indicates beer is sold - Schaumburger is the local brew, but guess that symbols spoke to those who could not read. To the right is a building of indeterminate use - what appeals here is the date on the building of 1743; I like the herringbone styles upstairs. Windows and doors from long ago were functional when made and stylish now!

5 comments:

sparrow said...

These shots make me very nostalgic for many visits to Germany over the years. Thanks for posting

Inverness Daily Photo said...

I wonder if the herring=bones were originally windows that have been removed.

toby said...

Oh, how absolutely picturesque :)
I really like the door in the photo on the right - fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing these!

Sara said...

Lots of Old World charm! The brickwork patterns in those ancient buildings never ceases to amaze me.

Gosh, does it sometimes stun you to realize 1982 was 30 years ago, and yet, to those of a certain age it can also seem like yesterday?

Lesley said...

The building on the right was definitely not interested in symmetrical window placements was it? The herringbone is an interesting pattern to use for the panels blocking up the windows.