Have you ever been somewhere new and felt completely comfortable? It has a great vibe and just feels right. Yes, this is me with old buildings. I can't pinpoint exactly what that feeling is, but I do have an appreciation for architecture and history. It's all about the details. I could sit and stare at that brick, ceiling tile or stained glass for hours wondering who, what, where and when? The life that old wood floor has been through.
My dad is a carpenter by trade. He would work with his father and many times it would be renovation or remodel of old buildings. Occasionally, I got to go along. You wouldn't think a little girl could handle being gone all day with Dad while he worked and no other kids, toys or TV to pass the time. TBH, I preferred it. I was excited! My first college interests were archaeology and architecture because of these outings with Dad. (I ended up going medical, but that is another story.) There were many old victorian style houses, apartment buildings and even a couple places on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. If you ever visit Lone Star Cafe on Losoya Street, him and my grandfather did quite a bit of the decorative woodwork and copper lamp panels that go around the bar. As well as the restautants below, at the time were all owned by the same company.
I think the most interesting trip was to an old homestead in the hill country that had gun port holes in the stone walls for defense. I can only assume against Indian raids or bandits. Why else would you need them? I don't remember where exactly, but very well hidden off the main road and fascinating to a young kid. Imagination galore.
As I sit here admiring the little details, I am reminded that someone put some Love & Soul into this place. Considering the age, I'd say many people over the years. That is what I feel and appreciate. Love & Soul captured in every inch.
Sitting here enjoying lunch, totally vibing with the atmosphere and there is classic rock playing in the background...bonus! 📷: Me
The Whitehouse Cafe, Est. 1907