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She stood once here.
A welcomed sight
The weary travelers.
With sky so bright.
Her antique clothes.
A hidden treasure.
Orange, white, and red.
Title: “The Evergreen Hotel”
Oil on canvas
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It’s hard to believe I lived almost half my life in Duarte California. Duarte is a bedroom community—houses and schools, a small county library, and a cute town center consisting of the city hall. A community center, school district offices, a fitness center, and a public swimming pool.
Amidst all the 1980’s housing tracts in Duarte only a few historical structures still remain. Although I was able to capture a few of these special buildings “en plein air” this particular building, (on Route 66), was captured with my camera as the City began demolition. When I saw the roof tile being taken off, I realized it’s doom. The landscaping was overgrown, and the building itself appeared a bit run down ... yet I could tell it had been a special place in its time. Couldn’t it have been saved? Sadly, I took reference photos from across the street. How easy it is to forget our history. In memory of life once lived, I still can imagine how this hotel once must have been a welcomed sight for the weary traveler.
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey