Monday, April 06, 2009

April's Shower of Photos 2

These photos are of a row of almshouses, built by a charity in the nineteenth century to provide accommodation for "poor widows". I didn't manage to get quite the whole row into this shot, as I chopped off the first house.

I love the shape of this door and the leaded light windows.

And the stonework on the gable end of the first house.


Melanie B said...

I for one am enjoying the photographs of buildings. I love architectural detailings. And it's nice to have a sense of where you live.

These almshouses are such a marked contrast to the type of ugly utilitarian government housing thrown up nowadays for the poor. Those charming details are so human.

Pamela said...

Are the almshouses preserved as historical sites or are they privately-occupied now?

It seems like so many historic or just quaint buildings are being purchased by the wealthy as second homes, sort of a country retreat.

The Bookworm said...

The almshouses are still owned by the same charitable foundation, and still lived in by "poor widows", though I have no idea how they are defined.

Theresa said...

Lovely! I also really like architectural pics, so I am thrilled that is the topic you chose. Not much nifty architecture around here.