Beautiful stained glass windows. Do you remember back in August when I wrote a post about walking down this lane one night? Afterwards I found out what the pretty building was at the end of the lane, and wrote about it here:
I read that there had been a garden. A garden back in the 1800s. A garden in between this man's home and his business. A garden that many said was very pretty. And I was so curious to know if it still existed. I said that I would be going back to find out, and that I would let y'all know what I found.
So on a sweltering hot Summer Sunday on a recent week...we set out to find it. It was a good little walk to get over there. We came upon the building and I so enjoyed getting to view it in the bright sunshine instead of the gloom of evening. It's a very nice sturdy old building, and I love the pretty stained glass windows.As we walked, I was so alert looking for the garden, and hoping it wasn't one of those completely enclosed behind a big stone wall, making it very private, but difficult to see from the street. Happily, I came upon this gate!
....and well after over a hundred years----there IS A GARDEN! A beauty of a garden. Still maintained, still thriving. With lovely and elegant ladies carrying vessels of water...
and mysterious statuary clothed in green vines. (some type of column or post maybe?)
The lovely stone maiden keeps a close watch on fluttering butterflies and birds sing amongst the trees. The drone of bees is heard, as well as the clear splashing of the fountains.
We cannot go into the garden as we have not been invited in....but I can shoot photos through the fence and the thick greenery.....so I do. Far on the other side of the courtyard garden I can see another lovely black fountain, also working, as well as a large cement type gray planter thing? If front of that are three smaller cement flower pots--the old fashioned heavy kind on pedestals. I'm pretty certain these are the real thing, not reproductions.
The building has been converted into condos and we see people coming and going, and enjoying the big garden started so many decades ago. I like the building but wonder if it looks dark inside when your windows are stained glass all around? Do you think they get much light in there?
These pictures show the workmanship of this old building so much better than the ones I made that dark night when we first stopped here. It's a lovely building and the front door looks like a shared lobby type area and has a nice staircase.
I'm just so glad a lovely garden such as this, from such an entirely different era........remains for us to enjoy.