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Downtown Joliet on a rainy night 1929
Downtown Joliet on a rainy night 1929
TitleDowntown Joliet on a rainy night 1929
CreatorWilliams, Adele Fay
Date of the DrawingJanuary 13, 1929
DescriptionDrawing of downtown Joliet and the Rialto Theatre on a rainy night. This drawing by Adele Fay Williams was done from her office in the Herald News Building on January 13, 1929. - Donated by Katherine Woodruff Barnes
Title of ArticleFrom our window
Date of ArticleJanuary 13, 1929
Transcript of the ArticleFrom the Joliet Herald-News Sunday January 13, 1929 -

Adele Fay Williams, Herald-News artist and writer, made this interesting sketch from a window in the editorial department of the Herald-News, looking northwest…It shows how Joliet's downtown district appears on a rainy night.
"Joliet is a fairyland when it rains.
Did you ever look at the world on a rainy night? Not the world of nature unadorned where drooping trees and bushes bow to the showers, and flowers close their eyes until it is all over. But the streets of the city-any street in any city, become ineffably beautiful when it rains, contrary to expressed opinions of the man on the street and also of the fine lady who is caught in the shower.
But the beauty of the world is multiplied infinitely when it rains, especially at night. Every ray of light from the electric signs, from the street lamps, and the colored ornaments and the window lights find themselves repeated again and again in every rain drop, and reflected in deep, endless perspectives that seem to dive below the surface of the street. And every moving figure or group or automobile or bus or street car adds something of gayety and sparkle to the scene.
Practice Is Needed.
Of course you must practice looking for beauty a few times before you'll become apt at finding it. But practice makes perfect, and the more you look for that intangible thing called beauty, the sooner you'll find it.
To be sure it is a habit, if not a tradition, to say that a gray day is gloomy and gives you the weeps. And it seems also to be a tradition that a rainy day is just wretched, damp, soggy, uncomfortable and contrary to all joy in life.
All you can think of is whether the rain drops are interfering with some chosen plan or spoiled your best frock or shoes or complexion.
Details Are Obliterated.
The sketch in an adjoining column is an impression in black and white of Scott street from a second story north window of the Herald-News last Wednesday evening when, contrary to the season's habit, it poured and poured and poured.
When you are really opening your eyes upon such a scene of the night as say Scott street, you find, surprisingly that while its beauty is actively multiplied, most of its details have gone a glimmering, where-you know not.
You can scarcely tell where one thing ends and the next thing begins. You find the edges of dark buildings against a gray sky are beautifully blurred and inconsequent. You know they are there but you cannot so to speak, put your finger on them.
Myriad Light Rays.
Every outline trembles in the myriad light rays flashing in more myriads of raindrops. It is delightful to watch if you try it for a while. Light is always fascinating and more so when rendered visible upon mysterious objects half disappearing into the mist. St. Anthony's Catholic church in the right foreground of the sketch is merely a dark mass that gives value by its very massiveness to the moving parade of the street, its flickering lights in the rain, coming to a climax in the more brilliant light of the Louis Joliet hotel electric sign, also flickering in the distance.
Element of Mystery.
All this deals with the beauty that can be found anywhere in the most commonplace things around us. It does not deal with the literary aspect, the mysterious suggestiveness of dark shadows, dark figures against the light.
The literary side is quite another story, a story that may be grave or gay, interesting or commonplace, careless or menacing, dangerous or inviting or both. It may suggest important mysteries, hidden lairs, forbidden haunts of crime or poverty or despair.
Scott street, of course, with its churches and hotels, its Rialto towering at the left, its Elks' club, stores and offices, its many big buildings can only suggest gayety, happiness and prosperity."
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Joliet (Ill.) -- History
Rialto Theatre -- 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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