Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tear-Down

They're tearing down a building at the corner of Fair Oaks and Corson—or Fair Oaks and the 210 Freeway, same difference, since Corson parallels the freeway.

I found a gap in the fence and took a bunch of photos yesterday. For some reason this is the one that interests me most. Maybe it's the graffiti on the part of the building still standing, or the unscathed (albeit dusty) building across the street, or the dome of City Hall in the distance. But I think I like the vehicles. They remind me of farm machinery and growing up.

I stayed by the fence and watched for a while (wouldn't dare go into a hard-hat area without permission). It doesn't take a lot of humans to tear down a building. It takes a few patient drivers and some big, brute machines.

23 comments:

Katie said...

So many little details to look at! The graffiti is interesting, and I like the teeny sliver of the dome. Watching a building being torn down gives me a strange feeling, but it's always compelling to watch.

West Coast Grrlie Blather said...

The Pasadena Athletic Club used to be in that building. Before being at this location, it was somewhere on the south side of Colorado near Los Robles (where Paseo Colorado is now--it was knocked down to build the old mall in the early 80's). The Scout tells me that the original building on Colorado was a beauty (I never saw it). I wonder if the Pasadena Athletic Club has plans to find yet another new home?

Dina said...

Glad to read you too are fascinated by the demolition drama.
Your buried treasure scoop was exciting!
Sounds like you would make a good archaeologist, Petrea! Come on over.

Bibi said...

There's always something sad about a building being demolished, especially an old apartment building. I wonder how many families lived there, what their lives were like, etc. Thought-provoking photo.

USelaine said...

"...on our next episode of Gabrielinos, urban archeologist Tryphena confronts a mysterious and handsome demolition contractor about jumping the permit gun. Boz recovers with good humor from the last of his crime-fighting wounds, and best friend cafe-owner Solange [Fiona Shaw? Rita Moreno?] suspects T and the contractor have some unresolved romantic history..."

Petrea said...

Katie, yeah. Strange feeling, that compulsion to watch.

Thank you West Coast Grrlie, I wouldn't have known. Here's the Pasadena Athletic Club site. The history page has a photo of the building The Scout mentioned. And the Club page has nice shots of the interior of the building pictured here on the blog.

Dina, you have me pegged! I even subscribe to Archaeology Magazine (dilettante, I know). I read every word and keep every copy.

Thanks, Bibi. I don't think there were apartments in this one (thank goodness). See WCGB's comment, above.

Oh Elaine, you are hired! Wish I had something to pay you with! Do you like fish?

USelaine said...

I so want that job. Do I have to join the Guild first? or do I wait until after its bought by Lifetime?

Fish is always good - herbed fish. 8^)

USelaine said...

Now, see? I've already "gone Hollywood". There'll be no living with me now.

Rose said...

What about the workers? Where are they, Petrea?
Any nice looking ones? Preferably without a t-shirt, wearing jeans...

Christie said...

And, oh, how my son loves those big machines!!

It is always a little sad to see building being torn down, but exciting to see new building being put up. I wonder why that is....

Have a great weekend, Petrea! (Hope you find something great to unearth!')

Palm Axis said...

Whenever I see a big earth moving CAT, I'm reminded of Peoria.

Bernie K. said...

Fish? You pay in fish …? Does that mean she makes scale? Does the episode have to say "FIN" at the end? Jeez.

USelaine said...

Ah, right. I think there's a part for you. How about Dwight, the enigmatic neighbor, who often recites poems of oddly mystical relevance to the questions at hand. This is assuming you are who I think you are, Mr Kopell.

Kelly said...

I like this photo too - there is so much to see! It amazes me also how easily tear downs are accomplished.

Petrea said...

usE: you can't join the Guild until we get it produced. Unfortunately, the WGA has actual standards.
So TG was mistaken: It's not Gidget?

Rose, there were only a few men there to drive the machinery and I was too far away to get a good look. It didn't cross my mind to check them out, which tells me there's something wrong with me.

Thanks, Christie. I'll be looking (I know you will be, too!)

Palm. Peoria. You don't know how close to home that is (or maybe you do). AND you have a new profile pic, so I'm going to see if that means you have a new post on your blog.

Jeez, Bernie. One day you're corny and one day you're this amazing poet. I'm beginning to wonder if you have two personalities. They both seem nice enough. Could they each count as unique visitors to the blog?

And are you the Love Boat guy?

Hmm. Somehow I doubt it. I looked him up. He's 75 years old, and not only that, he's still working! He was in Get Smart (this year's). I don't think he'd hang out on a Pasadena Blog.

Would you, Doc?

Yeah, Kelly, but these guys are being careful. There's no wrecking ball. They're taking it down rather than knocking it down, if that makes sense.

USelaine said...

I still think it's him. Notice how he has a Blogger identity but no blog? He has a website though.

USelaine said...

P - Universal Studios cartoonist "did" me "sooooor-r-r-rffink" Didn't understand what she was saying. I was about 4.

Petrea said...

Elaine, you make me want to go find the chalk drawings of my family done at Disneyland in 1963. We all looked exactly the same, and probably like everyone else who sat for that artist.

I think the real Bernie Kopell would sign in as Bernie Kopell and have his picture on his blog, you know? Not afraid of publicity. But what do I know? Notice Bernie K.'s not commenting on our discussion of his identity.

USelaine said...

"Bernie K.'s not commenting on our discussion of his identity."

Indeed! Boyfriend needs to give it up and show us a picture, you know what I'm sayin'?

As for the WGA, we are sooo gonna make this happen. I'll work on spec. I'll go indie. I'll dive into the vast ocean of everyday people who say, "I have a screenplay..." while tugging on the sleeve of Ms Burchard, or Mr Kopell, or.... I'm not too proud.

USelaine said...

Sorry. Miscoded that. Reeally, reeally bad timing, huh.

USelaine said...

I know. Don't give up my day job.

Petrea said...

usElaine, please keep coming back.:) You light up my blog.

USelaine said...

Oooh! Debby Boone! Interesting choice; do you think she's available? Shades of stunt-casting right out of the gate, but that could be part of the marketing package...

Thanks P. 8^)