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Friday, October 29, 2010

Skywatch Friday - Baxter Hotel

The Baxter Hotel is one of the oldest buildings on Main Street. In the second photo, you can see the blue ski light on the right side of the hotel sign. When this is lit, it means that fresh snow has fallen at Bridger Bowl.

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Baxter Hotel Fire Escape

Baxter Hotel Sign

8 comments:

Hilary said...

It looks like a wonderful old building. I'll bet it has many stories to share.

CherylK said...

Wonderful photos! That fire escape shot is so artistic. I love the light that tells when it has snowed at Bridger Bowl!

Joanna Jenkins said...

That's a gorgeous building loaded with character.
Happy Halloween, jj

VM Sehy Photography said...

Happy Halloween everyone and thank for your kind comments.

I actually thought this building was older than it is. It was built in 1929. It's still one of the older buildings downtown. Between the gas main that exploded last year and everyone remodeling in general, more and more of the downtown is losing it's character.

And that doesn't take into account the two movie theaters downtown that no longer exist. One is not used to show plays. It's been restored, but it could still use some work. The other one is empty and rotting. They're waiting to turn it into a mini shopping complex of some sort. Sigh.

I'm photographing as many of the older buildings as I can so at least they will live on in the form of photographs.

I just spent three weeks volunteering at the pioneer museum scanning photos. And I couldn't believe how much Bozeman has changed just within the last 30 to 40 years. So it's nothing new. In fact a local radio show host often laments about the Opera building which was torn down before Bozeman was even a twinkle in my eye.

CherylK said...

Now that I think about it, it seems like we stopped in Bozeman on our way out to Washington a couple of years ago.

We had lunch or dinner at a brewery/restaurant that was maybe an old depot? Does that sound like Bozeman or am I thinking of someplace else? Good food, if I recall.

VM Sehy Photography said...

Sounds like the Montana Ale Works. They're in a building that used to be a warehouse for the railroad. I've never eaten there, but husband said it's good.

Kcalpesh said...

Nicely captured! That zig-zag pattern of stairs look cool!!

Pixellicious Photos

VM Sehy Photography said...

Thank you Kcalpesh. One of the nice things about the events downtown is the chance to walk around and really see the buildings. In a car, you don't get the same angles. I just happened to be walking in the right spot and noticed that fire escape for the first time.