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Downtown (Joliet, Illinois) 1929
Downtown (Joliet, Illinois) 1929
TitleDowntown (Joliet, Illinois) 1929
CreatorAdele Fay Williams
DescriptionDrawing by Adele Fay Williams depicting downtown Joliet, Illinois in 1929. The church steeple is old St. Mary's Church. - Donated by Katherine Woodruff Barnes
Title of ArticleOn a frosty morning
Date of ArticleDecember 1, 1929
Transcript of the ArticleFrom the Herald-Joliet News "Have you ever noticed the characteristic atmosphere of the loop in the early hours of a frosty morning? It is a changing atmosphere in tones of gray thru which the pallid sun sends here and there an exploring ray. Suppose you were in the hill looking down into the loop, one of these chilly, frosty, snowy mornings, say about 7o'clock. Everything is of a smooth, unruffled grayness until the chimneys get into action. And then great circles and curving masses of deep, dark , gray smoke come out of the chimneys to diversify the landscape and to hide parts of it, but always changing, billowing, sweeping on, fading away, renewing itself into charming tones and accents. Swirls of Steam. And here and there and everywhere come also the swirls of steam, jets of pure white that add themselves delightfully to the decorative scheme. The snowy convolution of steam that come from the passing engines on the elevation, or from the factories and shops of the manufacturing districts outline themselves charmingly against the grays and blacks of the mists and the smoke o the distance. People who have been denied the privilege of living in a manufacturing city do not at all realize how much beauty of tone they miss. And this characteristic beauty is fully equal in its effect of beauty, subtlety of tone and changing harmonies, to any other sort of landscape effect. Eye Must Be Trained. ‘Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, ' sings the poet. The trained and sensitive eye can recognize beauty in either phase, and the eye can be trained easily to look for beauty, and consequently to love it. Everyone recognizes the beauty of the setting sun as it disappears in a coruscating glow behind the purple mists. And everyone sees beauty in the orange golden autumn tree standing alone on a hillside among its greener, less golden fellows in the midst of the lovely autumn haze that beautifies everything. But these are obvious beauties that force themselves upon the eye, even of the most inattentive or indifferent. Hard on Curtains. The ordinary eye is indifferent to the more subtle beauty of smoke and steam for two reasons. First, because it is an expression of the workday world, which seems a disadvantage, no matter how subtly beautiful. And the second reason particularly to the feminine contingent hinges upon the fact that smoke, however charming at a distance, does gray the curtains, smoke the window panes and smudges the complexion. Consequently it brings no image of beauty to the workday consciousness. Just the same, many an automobilist will seek the Lockport road about sunset—going either way or on either side of the river—for the sole purpose of watching the pageant of smoke and flames outlined against the sky at short intervals by the steel mills, rolling mills, wire mills, foundries and factories that emphasize the greatness of manufacturing Joliet, while at the same time they give to it a beauty of its own. This beauty, while obvious and inescapable, has also its subtleties. But after analyzing the more striking beauties of the sky and distance landscape, the eye is prepared to take on the subtler forms of its beauty. On Frosty Morning. The accompanying sketch gives a view of the loop about Clinton street, showing St. Mary's beautiful spire, a portion of the top of the Joliet National bank in the same group with Louis Joliet hotel and a bit of the north side of Clinton street at the left of the picture, and the Rialto theatre at the right. All this is seen from the edge of the bluff on Broadway, thru a tree and bushes in foreground. The sketch was made from a window in the home of Dr. and Mrs. George Frank Woodruff, 207 North Broadway. The morning was frosty, and there seemed to be misty snow flakes in the chilly air, in which steam and smoke mingled to make the most interesting effects."
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Joliet (Ill.) -- History
SourceClick on this link for more historical information on the Joliet area - http://www.lewisu.edu/imcanal
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5665.
CollectionAdele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University)
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