I’d like to think that the back of the WPA dorms was not originally a parking lot & service entrance, but I kind of think it was designed from the get that way. Yet in this inner sanctum there are lawns, benches, arbors, flowers, and a fountain.
Fifty years ago the town square had a full complement of buildings on all four sides. In 2004 it was pretty forlorn. The second floor of this remaining one was not completely screwed up by ‘modern’ adaptations.
The high school had to have been built in the teens or twenties. It had terrazzo floors that in the summer released a distinctive waxy school smell that for all times is ‘school’ for me. The halls were lined with class photographs which I loved to walk in the gloom of a summer empty building.
St. Cross Court
Through his school my son was associated with Oxford University and one of it colleges, St. Cross. Unless you literally have a key (he did) or have paid to be on a tour visiting the inner court of these colleges is limited. It was a great pleasure to stroll around wherever I wanted. A gentleman came into my booth one time and immediately and with certainty identified this shrub. Of course, I did not write it down nor has anyone since make any such rash statements. When over the course of time—they do; I’ll pencil it in right here - ceanothus.
Like many rivers the Grand is improved a great deal with nice blue light. The river walk’s stairs, the straight line of windows, and the angle of the walk itself make up for the green water.