WELLAND SNAPS: STAIRS, SQUARES, COURTYARDS

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CAPTION: No doubt the prettiest staircase in town. It’s located at the former county building/registry office across from Welland city hall. (All photos by Joe Barkovich)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

Staircases.

Courtyards.

Squares.

Sometime in shade, sometime in shadows.

The three are built into urban design, not just that of many decades ago but just years ago. Even in the case of stairs, which are barriers and obstacles to some. Still, it can be hard to do without them I suppose.

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CAPTION: This courtyard is at Holy Trinity Anglican Church on Division Street. I’ve seen people shelter in the covered area during a sudden downpour on a hot summer afternoon. Below:  The square outside Welland city hall (Civic Square) as viewed from the top of the staircase at the county building just across the way.

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In another perspective, stairs, courtyards and squares make interesting objects for photo buffs. We could do with more courtyards, more squares, in my opinion. They make charming open spaces and gathering places.

 

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CAPTION: This old staircase was once at the main entrance to Welland Public Library. The building now is home to Welland Historical Museum – folks who know the value in preserving something old.

I’m glad some of the old has been preserved. Take the front staircase at Welland Historical Museum for example. Before the current usage it was Welland Public Library and thousands of people over the years went up and down those stairs when visiting the library.

They were kept, wisely, when the library was given an add on and, though no longer used, they are a charming reminder of what once was.

Gosh, do you remember using that front stairway when visiting Welland Public Library when it was on King Street and a charming tree canopy provided shade along that stretch of pavement – such a pretty scene!

Step back into the past and see if you do!

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CAPTION: Top and centre, stairways at the former county building site; below, a set of stairs behind the Welland city hall

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CAPTION: It can be a long climb for some from bottom to top of the canal-side amphitheatre, venue for Welland’s Illuminaqua concerts and other outdoor events.

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CAPTION: An open-space courtyard at Niagara College’s Welland campus, where there are others, too.

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CAPTION: This staircase at one of the berms at Niagara College’s Welland campus is  a tad overgrown now but still is a pretty place to visit. There’s a reward once you reach the “summit”: the patio or  maybe it’s a square, pictured below.  Enjoy!

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(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City. Welland Snaps is a weekly feature on the blog, appearing Mondays.)

 

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