A New Mural in Downtown Beverly

Artist Philip Coleman has a new mural on the Pond Street side of Casa de Moda, a shop selling stationery, jewelry, gifts and accessories in Beverly, Massachusetts. Painted with the assistance of interns from nearby Montserrat College of Art, the mural, called Calle Casa, is a street scene that shows people walking, a couple sitting outside a cafe and a view of the harbor in the distance. It blends in with the Casa de Moda building, and intentionally includes barrier posts and a Do Not Enter sign to discourage drivers from crashing into the building. (The man and dog in the foreground should help, too!)

Casa Calle

Beverly YMCA Sign

Beverly YMCA Before RestorationI have always liked the big blue sign at the Beverly YMCA. I like bulb signs, and you don’t see too many around anymore. And I liked the color — blue is my favorite color, and blue seemed like an appropriate color for this location which is just a few blocks from the shore.

Somehow in all the years that I have lived here, and with all the time I spend right in this neighborhood, I never got around to photographing it until last August. I’m glad I didn’t wait any longer, because the next time I was there a week or so later the sign was gone, sent off for a much-needed restoration, as I learned from this article:

Give me a Y…Century-old Beverly sign getting back in shape by Paul Leighton, Salem News, August 15, 2012

Beverly YMCA After RestorationAccording the article, Jess Hanson of Star Sign Company was originally planning to scrape the sign down and repaint it, but he discovered that underneath all the paint was the original cobalt blue porcelain, which he could restore.

The new sign went up a few months ago. I love old porcelain panels because they remind me of old diner exteriors and my grandfather’s kitchen table. I love cobalt blue because it reminds me of old Evening in Paris bottles, which I considered to be the height of elegance when I was a child.

You’ll notice that most of the things I like are because they remind me of something. But one of the good things about getting old is that practically everything reminds me of something.

The Tramp House

I stopped in Middleton yesterday to take some pictures of the Old Town Hall, an 1848 building, expanded in 1878, that I’ve long admired. I pulled into the parking lot behind the building to turn my car around and discovered the Tramp House, built in 1878 and recently restored. I didn’t know this building existed, and I’d never heard of “Tramp Houses” before, but a quick search on Google turned o

Tramp House
(Behind old Town Hall)
38 Maple Street
Middleton, Massachusetts

Text from Placque

In the decades following the Civil War, thousands of itinerant men, ‘tramps,’ followed the railrose to points north in search of work. By the 1870’s, the problem of coping with the increasing numbers of tramps prompted the town to purchase a plot of land from A.A. Averill for $25, and to contract with George B. Flint to build a lock-up or ‘Tramp House’ for $355. The Tramp House was completed in 1878, and was used to temporarily shelter these homeless men. In the early 20th century, as the tramp problem diminished, the Tramp House was utilized as a jail and briefly as the Police Station.

A Few Tramp House Links:

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