Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dear Prudence

Shot in Trenton, much of which is deserted, dangerous and desolate, especially on the weekends. Except for this gorgeous relief on Thomas Edison State College. Thanks to James at Something Sighted for this great information:
Kelsey Building (now Thomas Edison State College), Trenton 1911

The Kelsey Building, located at 101 W. State Street, Trenton, is the original home of Thomas Edison College, built in 1911. The Kelsey Building was initiated by Henry Cooper Kelsey, New Jersey's Secretary of State for 27 years. Kelsey initiated the project to memorialize his wife Prudence, who died in 1904.

The Kelsey Building was designed by one of America's most famous architects, Cass Gilbert, designer of the Woolworth Building in New York (America’s first skyscraper). He modeled the Kelsey Building after the Palazzo Strozzi. This palace, a favorite of Prudence Townsend Kelsey, was built in Florence, Italy, in 1489.

20 comments:

Jacob said...

That's fascinating. Maybe other viewers will have some idea as to who she is or what it is she's wearing...

And so what were you doing in Trenton ... "which is deserted, dangerous and desolate"?

Virginia said...

KM, You are everywhere and bring us such wonderful photos. This is lovely.
V

James said...

Hey Ken. Wow, this is so ironic. I have some pictures of this building scheduled to post. It's Thomas Edison State College on State and Barrack st. It's an amazing brick building and the doorway is beyond cool. Unfortunately I don't have a whole picture of the building or doorway just parts. I really want to explore Trenton some more. Checkout the link below for info about it.

Building History

Btw, the New Hope and Ivyland Raiload has it's schedule on this website. Here

Lily Hydrangea said...

This is beautiful, I've always loved these type of relief sculptures.

Lori Skoog said...

Ooooooh la la. Love it.

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

We have some of those mysterious relief faces on buildings too - they meant something in particular to people at one time, I think. This one really looks like she is trying to tell you ... what?

http://threeriversdailyphoto.blogspot.com

Cyd said...

A Mona Lisa smile.

Hilda said...

The detail is gorgeous! And made poignant because of your description of what its location is like now. I wish we could have seen the building in its glory.

B SQUARED said...

Sad to see so many of these old cities on their death beds.

Daryl said...

She looks as if someone's comment put her nose out of joint.

Cool photos and fascinating history

altadenahiker said...

Wow, that gorgeous building. And now it's in an area almost too dangerous to visit? That makes me so sad.

Jarart said...

Now that is a building with character. It pleases the eye.

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