There is a story behind every building. The most basic is who built it and why. Stories about the largest and/or most architecturally significant buildings are recorded, remembered, and often celebrated. Other buildings aren't so lucky. Their stories are lost over time; properties change hands, family-connections are cut, conditions deteriorate. Yet we find, in historic neighborhoods like Riverside, buildings with something very personal that reaches out to us, even if we do not know the details of their history: a name. Here are three named buildings, three "sisters" in Riverside, that caught my eye:
There is very little decoration on the rest of the building, only an understated accent between the first-floor and second-floor windows, as seen below:
As with most four-plex and duplex apartment houses, parking for residents is in the rear of the building. A driveway leads to the back:
Oak Villa is one of the many 1920's apartment buildings that provide continuity and scale to the Riverside streetscape. They have a relationship to the sidewalk in this pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.
Here is another "named" building, another four-plex, the very symmetrical and sedate Martha:
Here's a closer view of the building's entrance with the name "Martha" over the front door:
Finally, here's Celena: