In praise of old buildings

Holy Names Academy painting by Jeannine Marx Fruci
For use in EndNotes blog (Jeannine Marx Fruci)
Holy Names Academy painting by Jeannine Marx Fruci For use in EndNotes blog (Jeannine Marx Fruci)

The older I get, the more I love the old buildings still standing in Spokane. I was fortunate to go to high school at Marycliff, in historic old buildings on Spokane's lower South Hill, but I never appreciated the architecture until I saw it with older eyes.

Our cross-town all-girls school rival, Holy Names Academy, was also housed in a beautiful old building. (It's now a retirement community.) Spokane artist Jeannine Marx Fruci has painted the building, as seen with this post. She's displaying her new watercolors, including "Holy Names Academy"  this evening at a reception at The Lincoln Center, 1316 North Lincoln Street, from 5 to 9. 

In the book below, the author has an insight into why we are drawn to old buildings as we age.

From Long For This World by Jonathan Weiner: Our dates are brief, and therefore we admire what is old, as Shakespeare observes in one of his death-defying sonnets. We are brief, and therefore we admire a stone tower, a storied tavern, a Greek myth, an antique rippled windowpane, almost anything that seems to have more time than we do.

(Jeannine Marx Fruci watercolor, courtesy of the artist)

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