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The winter garden: San Francisco

Conservatory Dome 1, by J. Lowe, 1981, San Francisco, Library of CongressThe dome of the Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, 1981, by Jet Lowe for an Historic American Buildings Survey, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Conservatory Dome 2, by J. Lowe, 1981, San Francisco, Library of Congress

Conservatory Interior, by J. Lowe, 1981, San Francisco, Library of Congress

The Conservatory is the oldest public wood-and-glass conservatory in North America, opening to the public in 1879.

Conservatory Exterior, by J. Lowe, 1981, San Francisco, Library of Congress

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The Sunday porch: Independence Ave.

Independence Ave., Washington, D.C. G. Parks, Library of CongressUpper porch of a house being torn down on Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C., June 1942, by Gordon Parks for the Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

This picture is one of a series taken by Parks documenting the “demolition of private property along Independence Avenue opposite the Smithsonian Institution. . . to make way for government housing.”

Today the location is filled by some particularly unappealing government office buildings, built during the 1960s.

Up — or out? — here:
a problem of preposition,

my uneasy relation
with the world. Whether I’m

above it or apart. . . .

Jameson Fitzpatrick, from “Balcony Scene

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The Sunday porch: pots and pans

Girl on Porch, D. Ullman, Library of CongressGirl seated at the end of a porch,” ca. 1930, by Doris Ulmann, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

A well-to-do New Yorker, Doris Ulmann trained as an art photographer with Clarence H. White in the 1910s. In the 1920s, she began traveling to the southeastern United States to photograph rural people, particularly in the hills of Kentucky and the Sea Islands of South Carolina — people “for whom life had not been a dance.” She also documented Appalachian folk arts and crafts, working with musician and folklorist John Jacob Niles.

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The Sunday porch: South Dakota

South Dakota, 1940, J. Vachon, Library of CongressPierre, South Dakota, 1940, by John Vachon, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

— Christina Rossetti, from “In the bleak midwinter

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The Sunday porch: Pleasant Hill, N.C.

Pleasant Hill, N.C. F.B. Johnston, Library of Congress

Pleasant Hill, Vance County, North Carolina, 1938, by Frances Benjamin Johnston for the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Pleasant Hill,cropped, N.C. F.B. Johnston, Library of Congress

Detail of photo above.

The plantation house, later known as Rivenoak, was built sometime between 1750 and 1780 by Philemon Hawkins, Jr.

A 2011 view of the house is here.  Unfortunately the stone columns are gone.

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