|Vernacular Romanesque Revival Arched window with dental molding over door on old bank|
Found in Kirksville, Madison County, Kentucky
Unoccupied building with original exterior.
"For, indeed, the greatest glory of a building is not in its stones, not in its gold. Its glory is in its Age, and in that deep sense of voicefulness, of stern watching, of mysterious sympathy, nay, even of approval or condemnation, which we feel in walls that have long been washed by the passing waves of humanity."
The photo above is an example of Romanesque Revival (1870-1900) architecture only on a vernacular scale. Ruskin's influence helped popularize this style.
The above and below photos, of the old small Kirksville bank building, at one time served the locals but now stands empty. The building borrowed some Romanesque features to dress up a rather plain facade. It stands untouched by restoration.
Restoration is insensitive renovation of historic buildings. Preservation seeks to conserve and protect them. To paraphrase Ruskin's words that advocates preservation, where one can feel . . . in the walls . . . the passing waves of humanity. Only when you preserve not restore will you have beauty in aging.
|Old Kirksville bank with some Romanesque windows and doors that reflect strength. |
Boarded windows and a locked door reflect its emptiness..