I stumbled upon the homes of the turn of the century wealthy residents in Bloomington, in the slightly amusingly named White Place, due east of downtown. It stretches from the Queen Anne Style to Spanish Revival, and its Nationa Register… Continue Reading
The interior of the McLean County Courthouse is stunning, with a central rotunda that stretches from the first floor up into the dome. Due to a net that stretches across the base of the dome to prevent plaster from falling… Continue Reading
Designed by William Reeves and John M. Baile, the old McLean County Courthouse sits in the middle of the square in downtown Bloomington. A hulking 1903 Beaux-Arts structure that is quite beautiful even perhaps if the Baroque dome is a… Continue Reading
Don’t let anyone tell you that smaller cities in America are boring! After eating lunch at a great “farm to table” place downtown, I began wandering around the streets to the east of Bloomington’s center. I spotted this building, and… Continue Reading
I could have sworn I’ve published a picture of this family monument before, but I can’t seem to find it. The arch symbolizes marriage.
As late as August 2015, this cottonwood tree, the last of four or five “natural lightning rods” was still alive and well. The ice storm in early 2016 felled the deadwood. We will see what it looks like when spring… Continue Reading
The family farm is looking good this February, and preparations are already beginning for planting this spring. The frost in the ground is melting, and the water is leaching up to the surface, making for some thick mud around the… Continue Reading
I’m eternally fascinated by the relatively isolated Pleasantview Road, with its beautiful barns and farmhouses. The rubble up above used to be a corn crib, I believe. Pleasantview School, slowly converted to storage lockers, seems to have stalled out. That… Continue Reading
I know for a fact that years ago this unique facade had been completely obscured by re-skins, and from the looks of it, there might be more surprises on the left side of the building.