Southern Plate Glass and Paint – North Magnolia Ave

A few days ago I wrote about a really neat sidewalk that I like very much. It was in front of a Paint and Glass store building in an older part of town. The sidewalk is inlaid bricks and quite old but in remarkably good shape. When they tore the buildings down, I checked to see if they were breaking up the sidewalk, but they were not. Here’s a photograph taken in December of 2010 that shows the building, still in use.

Ocala Plate Glass and Pittsburgh Paints - North Magnolia Ave

Ocala Plate Glass and Pittsburgh Paints – North Magnolia Ave

I always found the overhang on this building to be a very nice feature. It gave it that something extra – a bit of class perhaps. In the next photograph you get a good look at the overhang and also the sidewalk running in front of the building.

Ocala Plate Glass and Pittsburgh Paints - North Magnolia Ave

Ocala Plate Glass and Pittsburgh Paints – North Magnolia Ave

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Bricks

North Magnolia Avenue has been a main business street in our town for as long as anyone can remember and probably since the town was originally founded 1846. I believe that it has been renamed a few times through the years. Looming over this older section of town is the Marion County Judicial Center. Many of the old buildings have fallen into disuse and recently the city has started to remove them and build new facilities, mostly parking areas to serve the courthouse and several downtown businesses. One such building was the old Pittsburg Paints and Ocala Glass Building. It was from the early 1900’s (or maybe even late 1890’s depending on who you ask). Still privately owned the building was recently demolished because it was cost prohibitive to bring it up to codes. One of my favorite things in that area is the sidewalk that ran in front of the building. It’s old old inlaid brick. Many of the bricks have patterns on them from their molds. ¬†Over the next week or so, I’ll post some pictures of the building as it was but for now here’s my favorite brick.

A wonderful brick sidewalk from an older section of our town, part of the North Magnolia Historic District.

A wonderful brick sidewalk from an older section of our town, part of the North Magnolia Historic District.