Saturday, January 9, 2016

Death Smiles At Us All

"I knew a man who once said death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back." ~ Maximus, Gladiator 

Hulse, Playfair, & McGarry is a funeral services firm with facilities in the Ottawa area. This is their downtown location. I was passing by one day in December and took some shots- the architecture of the building interests me. This also gives a good counterbalance to yesterday's post, what with that old saying about death and taxes.

34 comments:

  1. Death and taxes, indeed. 8-)

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  2. If ya gotta go, this would be a good place for it.

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  3. We can not forget something that is going to happen at all.

    Tomás.

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  4. Certainly not for the patrons to admire :( Lovely building

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  5. A curious and unusual building...

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  6. Good to see this building before one would need to have use for it don't you agree, William? The architecture doesn't give away its purpose.

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  7. I bet that building could tell a bunch of stories

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  8. All of these buildings you've been posting look so strong and majestic. They all look like they should be on the TV show "if these walls could talk." (what Hilary said)!

    Janis
    GDP

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  9. It looks like business is booming!

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  10. It is a beautiful and prestigious building.

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  11. It is a quite large and handsome mortuary.

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  12. @Cloudia: it is.

    @Kay: the only certain things around, well, that and the capacity for stupidity in humans!

    @Linda: I agree!

    @Stuart: I've always thought so.

    @Tomas: there's no escaping it!

    @Marleen: definitely.

    @Janey: when one's dead, or when one's attending a funeral, it certainly doesn't come to mind!

    @Ciel: I think it's been expanded on down through the years.

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  13. @VP: there's another one I mean to photograph- the architectural style is completely different.

    @Beatrice: it could easily be a conference centre or school if the signs weren't there.

    @Hilary: countless people in and out.

    @Janis: there's a television show called that?

    @EG: no shortage of business in this line of work.

    @Linda: I agree!

    @Kate: business must be good.

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  14. Well, those are petty fancy digs. Your quote fits well with the photos.

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  15. Oh I like the architecture too. It reminds me (strangely enough) of a church in Pasadena, California, that has a similar look. Wonderful quote.

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  16. That is a very attractive building. I can see why it attracted your camera.

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  17. It certainly is a beautiful building! It looks like an old farm home that was once surrounded by pastures.

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  18. It is a fine building, William!

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  19. Beautiful building. I still avoid funerals and funeral homes whenever possible.

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  20. @Red: I thought it did.

    @Lauren: I went in and asked. The cross on one wall made me wonder if it had been a church.

    @Sharon: places like this aren't usually fodder for photographers.

    @Pamela: I am also reminded of a manor.

    @RedPat: thanks!

    @Norma: most people do.

    @Luiz: I agree!

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  21. Surprise,surprise I would never have had that down as a funeral parlour...

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  22. That's indeed an interesting building, it has a certain grandeur.

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  23. They made the building remind people of a church. That gives a dignified patina to the business end of funerals.

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  24. The architecture is very beautiful.

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  25. you keep finding the coolest front doors ever. neat one! ( :

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  26. Nice design. If walls can speak, they would be having lots of stories to tell.

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  27. Beautiful old building William, wonderful stone walls.

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  28. I've been to a funeral here. In the 90's, methinks. A teacher's husband comitted suicide at the cottage, using fire, while playing "Bye, bye Miss American Pie.' he was an amazing prof. with mental health issues. I can understand suicidal ideations. No one knows.

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