American Dream: A successful shop in a great space
By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft
I was a reporter in Madison, NJ for five years, not just beating the bushes but tearing up the bushes for stories! One of the finest features of Madison that I wrote about was the 19th century commercial architecture. Madison applied for and received Historic District designation, and the town takes care of its architectural heritage.
This building, which curves 90 degrees with the street corner it's on, has a wonderful pointy hat on!
This was built to be the town library. When the town needed a bigger library, this building was vacant a while, then became the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. Hang on to your old kitchen gadgets, and tools, guys! They could end up here, on display for posterity!
A farmer's market takes up a usually busy street.
Two fine examples of commercial architecture from a previous era.
And yet another...
This building used to be a Methodist church! The false front, for me, evokes a Hollywood set for a Wild West movie. How about you? Are you gaga about great commercial architecture? Comment below!
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