“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God”
Have you ever walked by someone on the sidewalk and wondered where they have been? What about when someone passes you on the interstate and they have a license plate from the other side of the country? Does it make you wonder what brought them to your neck of the woods? What about places? Do you ever stop and wonder how long certain buildings have been around, what life was like inside those walls, or whose feet have paced those floors?
We all have a story, and every place we pass in our everyday living has a story too! But how often do we take the time to ask questions and find out about those stories? They are all written by God, and they all have a purpose…a greater purpose than what we may ever know. Two weeks ago, a place I pass often came to life as I made a phone call to simply find out that particular shade of blue on the exterior…
A couple of weeks ago, on a rainy Thursday, I was sitting in my hair salon waiting for my color to process (yes, I color my hair and don’t tell anyone)! I was in my own little world with foil all over my head, and across the street sits this building that I have always admired. With the thoughts of needing to re-paint the exterior of our home on my mind and in my decorating mode of thinking, the color of the door and shutters grabbed my attention…and I knew that’s what I wanted! So I did the unimaginable…I grabbed my iPhone and umbrella to run outside and snap a picture! Now visualize this: I am wearing a cape on a busy street…in the rain! Oh yeah, don’t forget the foil in my hair! I can’t imagine what people thought if they saw me! But I had to snap a photo…a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!
So, I decided to call to find out about that color of blue. And long story short, I ended up making an appointment to photograph the interior and exterior of the building and to learn a little history!
The beautiful English-style landscaping was done by the owner and financial advisor, Mr. Mike Jones! The siding was a 1964 addition by a previous owner, Dr. Orville Morgan. Isn’t it beautiful? Just wait until we walk inside!
The beautiful bay window was made in the 1890’s and Dr. Morgan had it shipped from England and installed. The floors are the original heart pine and the wainscoting is also original! There is so much history packed in this one place!
The interiors were decorated by Mike’s wife, Shannon, who incorporated antique furniture and rugs. And get this…the business is child and pet friendly! I was most impressed! I even met a cute Shih Tzu while I was there!
The small replica of an Archimedes’ screw sits on the conference room table and was made by a local artist. What is an Archimedes’ screw? Glad you asked. You can read more about it here. When Mike was needing to relocate his business and considering this building, his “MeMaw” suggested that he go to the building to pray and seek God’s plans and purposes. So he took her advice…
…after prayer, Mike moved forward in the purchase of the building. His “MeMaw”, Carolyn Alabama Jones, better known as “Blossom”, is the youngest of 19 children and is a lady dedicated to prayer and the purposes of God. She gave Mike such wisdom in relocating his business based on a firm foundation, covered in prayer.
The pen and ink drawing of the building was done by the late Michael Probyn, a successful advertising agent and artist, who was a native of Newbury Berkshire, England and resided in Gadsden! The building holds a couple of memories for me…I remember shopping in the early 80’s when it housed a fine clothing store and also when it was Duncan House Antiques, named for the original owner. It was certainly nostalgic walking through!
Mike had this beautiful kitchen installed. His sweet resident sales assistant, Mystie, offered to make me a cappuccino…I doubt many businesses offer that to their visitors and customers! Southern hospitality, indeed!
Certain codes had to be met in the restoration of the building, including the wooden stair rail, to the iron work you see now. I just love the detail! All the downstairs ceilings are 11 1/2 feet in height.
I can imagine having lunch in this lovely courtyard on a sunny spring day! The old brick here and lining a driveway to the right of the building was from the McCuen’s Barbecue building that was torn down! This was especially interesting to me because my Mother was a waitress there in the early 1950’s!
So, two weeks ago I made a phone call and started asking questions as I do so well (Butch says I am the queen of question-asking). And I am so glad I did! What about you? Have you taken time to find out the stories of people and places all around you? Oh yeah, one more thing: you will be seeing that particular shade of blue again…here at my house!
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