Sunday, January 17, 2010

Chartres Street, Faubourg Marigny: Wing-Backed Chair


4 comments:

Cláudia said...

Hey, Glenn, I know the leading character here is the winged-backed chair, but I could not take my eyes from the air conditioner in that window. How odd they put it in a way that makes it impossible to close the window and the shutters! Is it safe enough in this neighborhood to leave both open during the night?

Glenn said...

Fascinating, isn't it?

It's not an uncommon sight. I would say it's been less than 10 years that my apartment has had central air and heat. These old units are still common all over town. And you're right. You cannot close the shutters, nor can you open the window. You ask if it's safe enough in this neighborhood? Well, someone would sleep in that room, and hopefully, they would have enough time to run out and alert the police if someone were trying to break in.

Cláudia said...

I think it is a truth universally acknowledged, that people in possession of an air conditioner must be in want of an architect.

But it is also true that when air conditioner buyers don't have time, money or disposition to deal with such professionals, they do come up with the most interesting and funny ideas to fit their acquisitions into old buildings.

Glenn said...

You're right. In my apartment building, before we got the central A/C, we had window units thrust into holes cut into the walls (only four out of ten apartments had windows, and none of those were what we would consider regular windows but rather walk-through ones). All of this in a building nearly 300 years old!

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