As I think I’ve mentioned before, one of “those projects” on my List of Things To Do, is to go through my postcard collection, which I’ve scanned, and add a location to each one when possible. At times, it’s easy because the building is still there and I just pop it on the map and move on. Other times, I have to spend a little time sleuthing to figure out where the building used to stand, or at least roughly at what intersection. Recently, I came across this sweet Meridian Holiday Inn with its distinctive folded plate roof.
Unlike some postcards that are vague about the location or don’t have an address in the caption, this one gives good directions, and I know the intersection. “Well,” I thought, “I would remember that building if I had ever seen it, so it must not be there today.” I went to Google maps, and was trying to figure out which side of the intersection the building might have been on. This is what I saw.
At first glance, I focused on the building labeled Holiday Inn, but it’s a multi-story building, so I figured this must be a new building on the site of the old Holiday Inn. Then my eye traveled south a bit and well, well, well, that’s a weird-shaped, eye-catching pool–the same shape as in the postcard–and lo and behold, in front of the weird-shaped pool is a building with a folded-plate roof. How have I missed such a memorable building when passing through this intersection all these years??
Here’s the streetview to show you how our old distinctive Holiday Inn has been camouflaged behind a boring Dryvit “classical” cornice and one of those ungainly cupolaed pavilions that were popular in the 1990s. Such are the indignities that sturdy yeoman modernist buildings like this one have suffered, but at least the building and its fabulous pool are still there and who knows? Maybe someday someone will rip off that Dryvet and pavilion and let the modernism shine forth again.
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