So five days into the New Year. How are your New Year's Resolutions going? Still sticking to them or have you given up?
I just read an article that was saying bad habits get wired into our brains and we tend to lean towards the things that give us instant pleasure. Like chocolate, alcohol, smoking and other things. But don't fret, it doesn't mean that a person can't make changes just that it may not be as easy as we think.
And if one of your resolutions was like mine and was to get into shape then you can take solace in knowing that exercise raises dopamine - that pleasure seeking chemical in our brain that keeps us going back to that which brings us pleasure. Ergo exercise will eventually become a pleasurable habit that we seek over and over. I will take their word for it since I haven't experienced that yet.
But on to my blog.
Another building that uses the bay windows is the Victorian Hotel at 514 Homer Street.
Built in 1897 this was originally called Victoria House and was built as a three storey rooming house.
The exterior is in basically the original condition and has a grid of bay windows - practical purpose being that they allowed for ventilation and maximum light.
Whoever designed this building - it appears the name of the architect has been lost to history - had a flair for the decorative as well. If you look at the bay windows you will see it isn't plain and the Victorian Italianate style can be seen in the tall, narrow windows and the segmental arched window openings with their decorative hoods on the first storey.
Victoria Place was connected internally at one time to the Victoria Block.
Look at the windows.
Yes the Victoria Block has seen better days and yes it is an important part of our history. Hopefully it will be brought back to its former glory.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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