Weekend: Walking the home turf

Posted on 1 Jun ’09 by Earl Moore

The Plaza

It was one of those stay close to home weekends which are part restful and part paring down the ever present chore list. On Saturday, we did a walk about in downtown Salisbury viewing parts of a sculpture exhibit and accidentally discovered a previously unknown antique shop–at least it was unknown to us.

FiestawareI of course had a camera along. The above photo is the top few floors of the “Plaza” building which stands city center in downtown Salisbury, NC, with it’s unusual “crown”–it always catches my eye. A little history of the Plaza:

Salisbury distiller Clay Grubb began construction of his “skyscraper” in early 1900 at the corner of Main and Innes Streets. The building, a Beaux-Arts styled commercial building, stands seven and one half stories tall. Joseph Fels, millionaire soap manufacturer helped finance the building and was the owner of record after Grubb’s untimely death in 1913. In 1914, Jake and Leo Wallace purchased the building and renamed it the Wallace Building. Ralph and Ann Ketner purchased it in 1988 and with the city of Salisbury, completely renovated it. The Ketners gave the structure to the city of Salisbury in 1991 and it is now known as the Plaza.

I believe there are condo’s now on the top floors.

I also couldn’t resist this table setting of “Fiesta” dinnerware, or “Fiestaware” as it’s often called, on display in our antique store find. I love the rich colors and the natural light was appealing so I made a couple of photos. Dinner anyone?

Not my normal nature scenes…a nice change of pace.

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