Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Singing In The Rain


On my last post, I promised you another big building with something on it, and here it is. This beautiful building is in downtown Staunton, Va., and was built in 1895. The huge umbrella on it really did have me singing in the rain when I saw it. Today, Duke & Fitzpenn are in it, selling English antiques. It was always called The Marquis Building, but of course now everyone just calls it The Umbrella Building. The umbrella was installed by a man who had a men's clothing store in the building. They say it is made from tin. But it looks nothing like tin, it looks real.


"He pulls water up out of the sea, distills it, and fills up his rain-cloud cisterns. Then the skies open up and pour out soaking showers on everyone. Does anyone have the slightest idea how this happens? How he arranges the clouds, how he speaks in thunder? Just look at that lightning, his sky-filling light show illumining the dark depths of the sea! These are the symbols of his sovereignty, his generosity, his loving care."
Job 36

36 comments:

Annie said...

Omigosh, what FUN. I love!!!! that building. The umbrella is outstanding. First yesterday. Now today. More. More.

Annmarie Pipa said...

what a lovely place!! love Job!

SD ~ Dawning Inspiration said...

Gorgeous building! Love it!
Love that verse, too!

SquirrelQueen said...

You're right Ginny, that umbrella looks so real. I love that building, it is gorgeous!

ZielonaMila said...

Fantastic photographs, beautiful buildings. I am greeting

DawnTreader said...

What a happy-looking building. I love buildings like that - well, the umbrella-decoration is probably pretty unique! But even without umbrellas I like buildings with little towers and whatnot on them ;)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Another OUTSTANDINGLY wonderful old building!!! Thank you so much for showing them to us, Ginny!! blessings ~ tanna

EM Illustrator said...

I love it :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

These are excellent pics Ginny. I love seeing old buildings like this.

RoeH said...

Love the umbrellas! And that building which I want to go through now.

Sandra said...

you know how much I love old buildings and this one is wonderful. and i love PIECES of old buildings even more. these are super duper shots. love them all and i can see PICMONKEY playtime all through the post. so now you are addicted tooooo. I love those windows. and the red brick and the dormer roof...

SweetMarie said...

This is a gorgeous building! I really like the umbrella. I've never seen anything like it! Fabulous photos! Happy day, Ginny!

reanaclaire said...

How I wish I could be there taking these pictures too!

Rose said...

Oh, Ginny, I so loved this. It is sure a beautiful old building.

Linda said...

What a gorgeous old building. So beautiful, Ginny, great post.

Chatty Crone said...

Okay that was fabulous darling - loved the umbrella building and I think the red color is PERFECT for it! sandie

Mary said...

This was fun. That building looks like high Victorian and it is a treasure. Your photos of it are wonderful. I hope all is well. Hugs and blessings...Mary

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

A fun way to dress up an already great looking building.

From the Kitchen said...

I know that building! I love Staunton. Our bedside lamp came from the Woodrow Wilson gift shop which I hope is still there.

The Baker (a pharmacist by profession) just learned to cook on his own--trial and error. He's very precise so baking is his real love.

Best,
Bonnie

George said...

I really like that umbrella, regardless of the material used to make it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful building with us.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I like the detail of the building...nice to sing in the rain

Pam said...

What a great building! Old architecture is the best and that umbrella is terrific!

Karin said...

Those verses in Job are favorites of mine. Interesting looking building!

Ann said...

That is a gorgeous building and fun too with the umbrella. It's a shame they don't build them like that anymore. Your photos look fabulous too.

missing moments said...

Ginny, I love all these photos of the details of the building. It is gorgeous!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

{{{smiles wide}}} I LOVE!!! this.

S. Etole said...

What incredible architectural details. You must have had all kinds of fun photographing it.

LV said...

A most enjoyable tour of this area. You did an excellent job on your presentation.

Neal said...

That is a neat building. It is kind of amazing how much pride they took in their buildings back then.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Neat name for that building, the Umbrella Building... What a neat building.. I like all of the building and the way they have it painted, etc.

Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

This is a wonderful old building! Love it!

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Love this building but even more this Scirpture Ginny, so true ............ Sometimes we like to think we have things figured out but we really don't know anything compared to Him, do we?
At first I thought your post was about England, the building looks quite European and we've certainly had our share of rain! Well, actually more than our share!

The Jones Family said...

Hi, I am a new follower of your blog. I love the pictures of this old building. Very unique. Thanks for sharing the scripture too. I look forward to following your blog!

Lynn said...

Oh my, that umbrella sure does look real to me. Love these older buildings, such charm. Oh, I know Staunton so well. Of course, we are usually connecting to I-81 at Stauton, or getting off and going through Manassas, where I lived briefly (loved it so much) in the late 70's before moving on to Florida. You pictures made me think of a building up the road from us, hmmm have to get a photo to share sometime. Ginny, I love your blog. It always brings a smile of happiness. I love how you view your world, this beautiful world HE gave us here on earth. Blessings.

Joanne said...

Yep, it looks real for sure! what a great building even without the umbrella!
Blessings, Joanne

Ann said...

My building block isvery far from the main building, when it rains, I sing with the kids, I am singing in the rain, though I don't really like to sing this song, the Chinese don't like wet head.