Thursday, August 11, 2005

Stunning Tile Work

Dear faithful readers, sorry for not posting for so long - been up to my eyeballs in work.

Today I want to show you some pictures of a recently discovered architectural treasure located right here in somewhat-sunny Hazleton, PA. Several years ago, a local landmark restaurant - "Ernie's Steakhouse" - went out of business. The building sat abandoned and untouched until a few weeks ago when construction teams started working on the building for a new owner. When they ripped off Ernie’s amazingly ugly faux-western fa├žade, they revealed the stunning original structure you see below:

Apparently the building was built by a local tile works and they decorated their entrance with pink flamingos and two horses leaning against a sphere. The tile is really neat to see in person. Unfortunately, one of the workers I spoke with told me that the new owners were going to turn the building into a nightclub and were planning to cover this tile with a modern look. Hazleton just loves to wipe out any trace of the classic buildings we once had. We just don’t get it. What a shame.