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Two wonderful old buildings

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this weeks is Architecture:

What types of building appeal to you: Modern Art, Historical,  Colonial,  Gothic, European, Asian,  Commercial,  Industrial?  Take your pick. do you like?  Any building that you like, for any reason is appropriate for this week’s challenge.

I’m always fascinated by Victorian-style architecture, and there are plenty of great examples scattered throughout Northern California.  Here are two of my favorites.

Petaluma Silk Factory

It looks a little cockeyed since I took this as we drove by, but this old place, the Petaluma Silk Mill, has seen some fascinating history over its lifetime.  It was originally built in 1892 and then enlarged a few times since then.  It has manufactured a variety of products, including silk threads, silk and synthetic fishing lines, and synthetic tape and thread. The company finally closed in 2007, but the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Cohn Mansion, Folsom

This beautiful Queen Anne house was completed in 1894 (on the site of an earlier house built in 1860) and remained in the Cohn family until the 1960s.  It sits at the top of a hill on Scott Street, just off Folsom’s historic Sutter Street.  It was the first building in Folsom to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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