Almost 35,000 souls here. Named after George Pullman, whose name will always be associated with railway sleeping cars - and d'oh. I just realized something.
That's why porters were always called George, right? Googling . . . ah. Wikipedia:
Many passengers called every porter "George", as if he were George Pullman's "boy" (servant), a practice that was born in the South where slaves were named after their slavemasters/owners.
The view above is so unremarkable it makes me wonder why I went here. Again, as I always say, a postcard or a matchbook. Well, let's see what's here.
I swear, this is every building made in a downtown or downtown wanna-be area in the last 20 years.
Not necessarily a bad thing, that.
Audian! A Pet-Themed Cafe that used to be a theater!
Details here. It appears to be closed.
“They’ll come back to our historic downtown if we plant trees.”
You know me, I’d rather see signs than trees.
It was not long for this world. On the site now:
Why am I here? Did I choose this place for its ordinariness?
Ah. This was why. I must have checked out the postcard.
Handsome, stately, sedate, not ostentatious: what the rest of the country probably used to think Washington was like.
This . . . is not the best advertisement for the Meece.
Nice to see that clip art from 1972 still has a home.
Why did I choose this?
Ah, I know. Because you make certain assumptions about a building with a civic purpose, and that type of configuration. You think granite, columns, Roman touches.
Nicely restored or never-ruined. Also a reminder that even when the building looks as it once did, the old structures can be ungainly and oddly unfriendly. What’s with all that unbroken brick?
It’s an old theater, of course. Not sure they could have jammed any more marquee into that space, but hey: modern! A cool place to see movies about giant angry ants!
The rest of the block:
I found an old image of its previous life.
If they’re smart, they’ll go with The Old Post of Ice.
There was a movie theater in town called the Old Post Office. Searching . . . ah. Cinematreasures:
According to the Lewiston Morning Tribune, Jack Clark opened the Old Post Office Theatre in 1980. The 230-seat seat was built, like its name says, in the old 1930’s post office.
I wouldn’t call that 1930s, but it’s possible it was an old design used in the early 30s. But I doubt it.
Nice little town. Looks like a lovely place to live.
That'll do; off to the Motels with you now.