Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Out of the Decay for: Distinction Magazine

If walls could talk I am certain much of our personal and national history could be revealed and the need for history books might cease to exist. Well, maybe thats too much of a stretch but you get the picture. 

Out of Decay: a Norfolk Art Scene Rises, looks at the history of the brick and mortar at the once thriving Daylight Bakery built in 1923. In its heyday the little Norfolk plant was producing bread for dozens of neighborhood markets throughout Hampton Roads. However, by 1963, with suburban sprawl, growing pains and a union dispute, the little bakery closed their doors. 

It wasn't until 2002 that antique dealer Lana Wolcott saw potential in the building, giving birth to Fawn Street Studios. Rather than go into too much detail I suggest you read Mike Hixenbaugh's story that traces the past and present of this building's lifespan. His words take you through the building's metamorphosis from the bread to the cobwebs to a facilitator of the Norfolk art scene with an array of color that I can't begin to match. 

In the end you will find that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, at least in the case of Fawn Street Studios

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