Doylestown Pennsylvania

I always have to take a deep breath before opening a submission from that Manhatteswegian BSWAM. Without fail his USA crap puts our good stuff to shame. I kind of get the feeling that he enjoys rubbing our noses in the outre attempts at tavern building in the say 1790s. Here’s some Doylestown PA, which, even in its worst moments…looks pretty nice. I even like the 1870s and 1970s juxta as seen below.

BSWAM sez…

It’s Halloween in Doylestown, PA!  First settled in the early 1700s and a wealthy agricultural and academic center just north of Philadelphia.Doylestown-PA
The Historic district encompasses pretty much the entire central city, over 1,000 buildings in all, most dating from the 1790s through the early 20th century.Downtown-Doylestown
In the early 20th century the eccentric ceramics designer Henry Mercer erected an 11-story cement castle to house his collection of early American farm tools, industrial implements and carriages.The-Mercer-Museum
He then nailed the collection to the interior courtyard walls.
Despite the immense historic district, Doylestown residents have not been completely prevented from making tasteful and unobtrusive minor changes over the years to the facades of their residences. Both buildings here were remodeled in the 1870s (left) and the 1970s (right).
The civic fathers (mothers?) also paid Doylestown the favor of removing its quaint Gothic Revival courthouse for a real humdinger of 1960s Flying Saucer Art Moderne.
Which in turn pales in comparison to the inviting elegance and solid craftsmanship of the Domestic Relations Court annex, here seen blending in effortlessly with its older neighbors.
They take Halloween very seriously in Doylestown. This house has acquired a ghost. Eek!
Not a ghost – just some garbage that blew there.
Goodbye Doylestown. Have a happy Halloween. We’ll see ourselves out.

Thanks BSWAM. Doylestown, looks…pretty good. Too good.

About AHC McDonald

Comedian, artist, photographer and critic. From 2007 to 2017 ran the culture and satire site The Worst of Perth
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29 Responses to Doylestown Pennsylvania

  1. BSWAM says:

    Alas, I was with others who were not interested in documenting the hideous commercial strip that dominate route 611 immediately to the north, visible to all and sundry on Google maps. However it is true that most of Bucks County is to Philadelphia what Litchfield County, Connecticut, is to New York City – glacially kempt.

    For real hilarity, TWOPers should head north of Megabucks County to the Pocanos, home of various “romantic” “hotels” famed for sporting champagne glass-shaped Jacuzzis and nightlife offerings from the likes of Engelbert Humperdink.

    Here’s a gander at the old Bucks County Courthouse, removed when Gort landed.


  2. BSWAM says:

    In other news I have received word that the Paul Rudolph designed Orange County Center in Goshen has been partially demolished.


  3. Shreiking Wombat Ninja says:

    I love it all. Especially the remodelled 1870’s penis.


  4. Sir Bill International says:

    Great work BSWAM.


  5. you'll get wet says:

    What do you do when nobody laughs at your jokes at Uni? Join the Young Libs and produce a ‘satirical’ site like this – We all know the ABC couldn’t raise a laugh if they slipped on an organic banana peel, but these guys take unfunny to new depths. Word is they were Tones’ fave court jesters


  6. Zuben says:

    On the other hand the Paul Rudolph designed Sarasota ( Florida ) high school is being lovingly and expensively restored …


  7. Zuben says:

    Like so much modernist architecture , Rudolph s defies structural logic — not a good look where time and gravity are concerned .

    The Sarasota high school was very beautiful and impressive with its render paint windows doors balustrades and internal fittings removed during conservation works .


  8. Zuben says:

    BSWAM my compliments on your architectural photography skills . But don t they oversell some of these crappy American places you visit and cause lazy Aussie to swoon unnecessarily ?

    May i suggest you cover Bedford New York ( not v far from manhatten but kept deliberately as inaccessible as possible ) for sheer toxic suburban daintiness ?

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  9. Zuben says:

    Parking a swimming pool in a lounge room ?? Well I have seen that done in Singapore but didn’t have a semiotic reaction of any kind …


  10. Zuben says:

    Oh by the way the archi school at Yale is designed by Rudolph too …


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