Sunday, July 07, 2013


I am now in Santa Fe and LOVING IT.  No more photos from me until August.  Please come visit me at my SANTA FE BLOG!

Saturday, July 06, 2013

St Paul Farmers Market

Now that I'm safely esconced in Santa Fe, I won't be posting here until I return on August 1st. The Farmers Market in SF is also marvelous and a visual treat! Soon I will show photos on my Santa Fe blog that I will take there.

Keep in touch with me by going to my Santa Fe blog.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Art Images

 Images on car
Artwork drew my attention
Boy's Mom teaches art

Although I won't drive and enjoy this   remarkable automobile, I'm on my way to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and will be visiting this magical  city for the rest of the month.

Come to my Santa Fe blog to see what I will be photographing there.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

The 4th of July!

Happy Birthday America!
Adoption of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
Happy Birthday, Maggi 2001-Born July 4, 2001!
Adoption by Mura/Neher Family 

Tomorrow I will be flying to Santa Fe, NM for the rest of the month.  Come visit me there to see what pictures I am taking of one of my favorite cities. 

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Mickey's Diner

A different kind of landmark than that I had posted yesterday.  Mickey's Diner is a legend in downtown St. Paul.  Oh, I could tell you stories I have been told by people who have grown up in St. Paul.  Since I was not here then, I can't check the veracity of the tales, but they certainly are interesting.

Mickey’s Diner was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and was one of the first diners to be a registered historic place. The designation helped preserve the diner during urban re-development within the city of St. Paul.
Mickey’s Dining car has been operating 24 hours a day 365 days a year for nearly 70 years. Spanning three generations the diner has remained family owned and operated.
To see some vintage photos of the interior of the diner, go here. 
Please come see my Santa Fe blog today, too!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Turrets Again?!

Dedicated to Mainz Daily Photo
Landmark Center, Downtown St. Paul

St. Paul’s historic Landmark Center began in 1892 was completed in 1902, originally served as the Federal Court House and Post Office for the Upper Midwest.

The interior features a five-story courtyard with skylight and rooms with 20-foot ceilings, appointed with marble and carved mahogany finishes. Its Richardsonian Romanesque is similar to the Old Post Office Building in Washington D.C.

The building cost $2.5 million to create. Time and official government tenants were not kind to the building. “The Post Office painted over the marble walls of the main entrance lobby with #102A government green and cut down marble wainscoting to install mailboxes. Brown linoleum covered the maple floors, crude tile replaced marble mosaic and fluorescent egg-crate ceiling fixtures replaced the handsome old metal lights that had been wired for both gas and electricity. Corrugated asbestos covered the Cortile skylight. The beautiful stained glass skylight in Courtroom 430 was roofed over on the outside and painted over on the inside.”

In 1972 a group of determined citizens saved the building from the wrecking ball and restored it to its previous grandeur. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and reopened to the public as Landmark Center in 1978. Today, Landmark Center serves as a cultural center for music, dance, theater, exhibitions, public forums, and hosts countless special events. Owned by Ramsey County, Landmark Center is managed by Minnesota Landmarks, a not-for-profit organization.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Downtown St. Paul-Facade-Theme Day, July 1, 2013

From archives, taken with my first now-very-old digital camera, almost exactly 7 years ago to the day.  Remains one of my favorites!

To see more of the July Theme of "Facades"--visit other CDP blogs and be impressed!

Please also come to see My Santa Fe blog that I will be resurrecting for the month of July because I will be visiting there during that time.