I am an assistant organizer for a large photography group called Houston Photowalks. After a suggestion from the head organizer, we set up a photoshoot (or photowalk as we call them in our group) to photograph the interior of our building. I know a lot of photographers, including myself, like to photograph odd objects, abandoned rooms, and the like. This was a great opportunity for our photographers to have access to our building’s upper floor. I kept the group limit small, just 25 photographers, but everyone seemed to be really excited to attend, and we even had a waiting list. We wanted to do the shoot before the weather got too hot, and before we started the renovations. The group is still uploading photographs to our group website, but keep checking this website for more really unique shots of the interior of our building. There’s even some incredible photographs of an interior closet where there’s normally no light.
After the photowalk, my husband and I took a walk around Brenham alone. This was a first – no kids, no distractions, just the two of us. And since it was a Sunday, it was really quiet. We peered in windows, getting more ideas for our own loft. We walked through a pretty spot in downtown that showcases a historic cistern – a very important rain-catching device, especially before modern water structures were put in to place. The area contains the cistern, a pretty urban flower garden, and several historical plaques retelling Brenham’s early history. Since we didn’t have our usual distractions (our urchins), we were able to more carefully examine every history plaque.
Union Soldiers March on Brenham
We were stunned to discover that one of them had a huge photograph of our building, showing Union soldiers marching by it! The original photograph is located in the Brenham Heritage Museum (and I’ll definitely research that later), but I took a quick snapshot with my phone’s camera. We are excited to see the original brick exterior, and the simple porch that covered the plank “sidewalk.” We discovered that the windows were not floor-length windows as we had previously assumed, but appear to be only waist-high, at least on the western-most window. In the photograph, our building was white-washed in the front, and left plain brick on most of the side. Our building runs from the left side of the photograph to the window and two doors in the middle of the picture. The last door will hopefully be our stairwell to our home, eventually. Fascinating find! I can’t wait to spend a few hours in the Brenham Heritage Museum doing research.
After our educational walk, we picked up the keys for our rental home for the next year – a lovely townhouse just two blocks away from the Zeiss Building. We’re so excited to have found a nice comfortable place to live while we renovate the Zeiss Building. It is probably bigger than we need, but we’re hoping that the extra space will give visitors helping us with renovations a place to crash for a night or two.
We also have a contract on our house in Conroe, and are half-way through the steps to process the sale. All is looking well in that department. If all continues to go smoothly, we’ll say good-bye to Conroe at the beginning of June.