“Pillars Of The Community”

The title for our excursion is, of course, a play on words: highlighting the singular focus of this slow-paced, photography-friendly walk down Cherry Street. For about an hour, we’ll look at some buildings, and formulate naive hypotheses about the form and function of pillars, posts, pilasters, and as many other “members” of the built environment that bear weight, and hold things up, as we find interesting.


This walk begins at the beginning of the 20th century, with one of the best examples of neoclassical architectural styling in our city. It ends in the middle of the 20th century, with three terrific works of mid-century modernism that—in many ways—stand as a counter argument against historical precedents like those we began with, and will observe in a chronologically haphazard series of buildings in between.

In these in-betweens we’ll see examples of Greek revival, Dutch colonial, Richardsonian Romanesque, Tudor, and Queen Anne styling and construction. All along the way, we’ll be asking ourselves: why did they do it that way? How did the forces in the environment, and the forces of commerce, and the forces of culture, combine to make the buildings we see and use today?

This architecture walk 1st took place on July 19, 2019