About a week before I left Erie last month, I had a great little freelance assignment that I accomplished entirely on my bicycle in a single afternoon. My dad, the president of Erie Center for Design and Preservation‘s board of directors, gave me a list of buildings his organization believes are worth saving in and around the city. I was reminded again and again of some of these while reading Joseph Mitchell’s “Up in the Old Hotel” this week in one of my graduate school classes.
I have sampled below 30 of the 90-plus images from the final edit that I submitted to my dad for web promotion on ECDP. It was very enjoyable trying to capture the different architectural aspects, some of which people might not see on a daily basis driving past them. I know I felt that way, since I had been past most of these hundreds of times during my time in Erie.
And if city leaders err and eventually let all of these be torn down or renovated beyond recognition, at least this visual record will exist someday.
I might have gone a little overboard on Ainsworth, but it’s a place that has great personal meaning for me after playing games there for four years in high school.