Steel – 30 Days of Photos – Day 19

What day is it? Is it still October? How old am I? I’m not hungover, but it was a late night and I’ve been trying to “steel” myself to get it together, face the day, and post something for today.

This metal working place is around the corner from where I live. A.R. Lussier is probably the only place that can reproduce, replace, and repair the characteristic steel plate (but probably tin) cornices that you’ll see decorating many of the turn of the (previous) century buildings around Montreal. Not surprising, A.R. Lussier has been around since 1928, which is probably around the time that these turn of the century buildings first started to need repairs. I have absolutely no data to back up this guess.

Ironically, there’s a modern car dealer visible in the reflection whose construction probably called for the demolition of the very turn of the century structures that I’m talking about.

a.r.lussier Steel

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  • whoa! love the reflection action!

  • Gorgeous, Mike. I love the turn of the century architecture of old Montreal homes. Nice to see there are efforts to preserve them.

  • MIkeWJ

    Those (probably tin) cornices are beautiful, CheesyMike, aka Smick. I suppose they’re extremely expensive, but I think one would look good on my mantle or resting in my bay window. Sad news about the car dealership, though. It looks way out of place next those works of art.

  • Pat Kumicich

    great photo. I like the reflections in the window and cornices are pretty cool too.

  • Barb Paige

    What a great shot- I love the reflection!!!!

  • So, how old ARE you?

  • Old enough to be Methuselah’s father. 🙂

  • Danielle Batog

    That is very cool…loving the reflection.

  • What a fun photo, Mike. The cornices are gorgeous. I’ve been amusing myself by trying to figure out what all the reflected images are. Yes, I’m perfectly sane, but it’s been one helluva a long week. I hope your birthday was a blast!

  • ladyV

    looks like an interesting place to shop

  • Those are really beautiful. It s hard to find that kind of workmanship or the people who want to restore the older architecture. Hope that you had a fun birthday!

  • I am late to the party today. When all else fails with me, I resort to poetry. See how that rhymes. There is no stopping me. I hope you can click on this poem and get it where it’s readable. I have no idea how it will appear at your end.

  • Those are amazing pieces. I love the reflection of the wheel in the glass. Keep going! You’re doing great. Only 12 more days.

  • It’s a little freaky.

  • Yep, but it costs money. We lose a lot of history to lack of funds and the absence of will to preserve.

  • Thanks! Feels like 12 more years.

  • Cheryl, that’s just great! This was all off the cuff? I’m very impressed.

  • Thanks, I did!

  • Thanks, it was! I don’t even know what’s in those reflections anymore. It was really just a point and click kinda shot.

  • Thank you

  • Hey, respect your elders!

  • It kind of liked the contrast between old and new. The cornices are quite unique. There are probably thousands of variations.

  • Thanks!

  • It is, but mostly to browse.

  • Thanks! While real poets are shaking their heads and rolling their eyes, I like to write poems that are silly.

  • Jamie Baker

    That kind of craftsmanship seems to be a dying art.

  • Wow! That’s some really swell metal work!

  • I love the reflections!


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