Friday, August 28, 2009

Time Out

Random image: Crescent Avenue "Painted Lady" at dusk.

A quick bus trip to Westfield's Trader Joe's has mellowed me out to the point of not having a thought in my head. Those culinary treats will do that.



Blogger stevekilduff said...

I got nothing clever to say, I'm just chuckling.

9:55 AM  
Blogger olddoc said...

Bernice, is that color typical of the outside of stucco dwellings of the turn of the last century? I do not remember any pre-depression home being such a vivid color.

I believe that after the Swanks converted this building into an Art Gallery they painted it a different color than the present one Prior to that it was "blah" grey..

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds wonderful. Thanks for the beautiful picture.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Bernice said...

The picture is of the Swain home, which is wood construction. The gallery was once blue. I think this paint scheme is a fanciful tribute to the kind of decor found in Cape May and San Francisco. I might put up some close-ups of the trim.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I worked at the Drake House, I put together a Halloween storytelling event with three original scary stories based on Plainfield, all authored by Plainfield writers (Taraka Gilbert, John Scipio, and myself). Mine was called "The Painted Ladies of Plainfield." I featured this same picture of Bernice's house--it looks a bit eerie at dusk, which is when I took the photo that accompanied the story. The story was sort of a play on fictional women who lived in the "painted ladies"--witches and actual ladies of a certain type.


P.S. meant Bernice Swain!

2:08 PM  
Blogger olddoc said...

I don't know how Swain became "Swank". My apologies to the family. Are there any pictures of the store front on West Front. If I remember there was a wrought iron 'fencing" in front of the second floor. Gave it a New Orleans look. Or am i day dreaming?

3:04 PM  
Blogger Bernice said...

If you have the book John Grady and Dorothe Pollard wrote (Plainfield, New Jersey's History & Architecture), turn to page 83 to see three Swain's locations. The fancy metalwork is a fire escape with curved bars on three balconies.

5:26 PM  

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