Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Dark Corners


Our city's central library underwent a loving (and expensive ) restoration a couple of years ago, bringing the latest technology to a magnificent old building. The architect was Cass Gilbert, who Americans may know as the designer of the Supreme Court building in Washington.
 
There are bright airy spaces and dark corners. The top picture looks back to the front entrance from the great hall. The second is at the top of one of the two main stairways.                     
I've been having a hard time keeping up with comments. This is my heaviest work week in a while. Madeleine has been over some evenings. We're pals but she wants my attention (which, of course, she gets). So, it's like, what do you want to do, Ellie? (That's what we call her.)

Opa! she replies enthusiastically, meaning opera videos on YouTube.

What do you want to watch?

Keen! Meaning the Queen of the Night's aria from The Magic Flute, over and over and over. Eventually I tried to distract her with the Seguidilla scene from Carmen. It worked. The kid was dancing up a storm. She is 30 months old. What do we have on our hands?  
 

5 comments:

Halcyon said...

I've been very busy at work as well. It seems every European trade show in my industry is taking place in May.
I'm organizing something in St. Louis this summer, doubt I'll get to attend... but have you ever been to the Alumni Club? Is it nice? Exclusive?

PS: It's pretty amazing that your grand is taking such a liking to opera. She sounds like such a fun and intelligent little girl. Must keep you entertained.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

A mini opera buff :) you are so lucky to spend time with Madeleine Bob. Love both shots here, especially the first looking out through to the front entrance..

Sharon Anck said...

That is a gorgeous stained glass window!
You might have a budding opera star on your hands or maybe a famous dancer.

William Kendall said...

She can be a handful!

The stained glass is magnificent.

Stefan Jansson said...

Wow, impressive, my local library is a former City Hall building, it looks good on the outside lets leave it at that.