April 27th, 2019
I was recently in Seattle. This is a view from the Pike Place Market across Puget Sound towards the Olympic Mountains which shelter the port from the Pacific Ocean beyond. The market is a very interesting place. Built in 1907 as a general market it was subject to a city sponsored demolition proposal in 1963 to be replaced by garages and apartments. This led to major protests and, as a result, the area was formally protected in 1971. Unlike most other protected structures the function of this building as well as the building is protected. This means that even though it is now the city's top tourist attraction rents are reasonable and it thrives as a farmer and craft market. It is all managed by the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority, a group established under State law. This is overseen by a 12-member volunteer council. Careful conservation works since the 1970's have maintained the place's character. Most noticeable are the tiles along the main market floor inscribed with the names of donors for work carried out in the late 1980's. A nice place for some lunch and to admire the beautiful setting of this booming city.
April 05th, 2019
My cousin Andrew recently asked me to do a drawing of his house. I did a bit of research as well, his family is the fourth generation of Deery's to have lived here over the last 105 years. That is quite some time. Long may you continue to live there Andy!
Here is the detail:
'Built between 1889 and 1896 as part of a wider development to cater for craftsmen employed at Bigger’s Shipyard on the Strand Road (where Sainsbury’s is located today), Argyle Terrace has a Scottish name because many of the original ship workers were from Scotland. The yard operated from 1887 to 1892 and then from 1889 to 1904 and from 1912 to 1922. The 1901 Census reflects this history with John Harold (63), a Master Mariner, living in the house with his wife, two daughters (Seamstresses- probably shirt factory workers) and a boarder William Boggs (shipwright). In 1911 the occupants were no longer associated with ships. Patrick Deery (35), a tailor, was head of a house occupied by his wife Susan (30) and six children under the age of 7. He had been married for 7 years (1904) a date that coincides with the closure of the shipyard and may indicate that the Deery’s took up the tenancy at that time. If true, this was to be the start of a long and continuing association of family and house which has now passed 105 years. Patrick went on to have 13 children and is understood to have bought the leasehold in the 1920s. By the late 1950s he was in ill health and nursed by his second son Manassas (Nassi) (a joiner) and wife Rose (Rosie) (seamstress- definitely in the shirt factories). They inherited the house around 1960 and moved in with their three children. In 1994 a third generation of Deery's moved into the house: Nassi’s son John (a joiner) with his wife May (community worker) and son Andrew. He carried out a significant renovation before moving in. Andrew (a baker) inherited the house following the death of his mother in 2013 and currently lives there with his wife Shauna (retail assistant) and children Shannon and John. They are the fourth generation of Deery’s to live in the house.'
Marks of Time
Sketches of buildings in the North West of Ireland and further afield with a little information about their history.