From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Hopkinsville's Old IOOF Building

IOOF Building and Cumberland Telephone & Telegraph


Corner of East Ninth and Virginia in Hopkinsville, KY
I had a chance to lean out of my car window and get this photo as I waited for a stoplight a few days ago. Actually, I took several photos, and this is the only one that doesn't have a car in the intersection. As you can see, the light had turned red.  I don't think it's possible to get a full side-and-front photo of this building without getting wires and street lights in it.

The large brick structure on the corner is the old IOOF building. It's one of my favorites around historic downtown Hopkinsville for several reasons.
  1. It has been restored and repurposed.
  2. It has a sturdy, solid, "pillar-of-the-community" look that befits its history.
  3. I know three of the four young professionals who rent apartments on the second floor.
  4. I've had opportunity to visit one of the apartments several times, and in fact, that apartment was where we fixed Keely's hair on the morning of her wedding.
I also like the building with the white front just to the east, the old Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph office. It fully deserves a photograph of its own. One of these days, forces will converge, and the moment will be right to capture an image of its interesting details-- giant seashell, fancy fish, cherub heads, and more.

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