The Empty Visitor’s Center

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  • Location: Riverside, Illinois

Every time I walk by the newly christened Riverside Visitor’s Center, I am struck by the fact that I’m not sure what it is.  I wonder, from an architectural perspective, whether it’s a building, a hallway, a dutch barn or something else.  Does a building need doors?  Or four walls?  Are the large openings doors?

When these thoughts have passed, I’m struck by the many different straight lines in the structure.  I love the way–from this angle–the way the front opening of the structure frames the back opening and the way that the back opening frames the door of the barbershop way in the distance.  That the light on the inside of the Visitor’s Center makes the interior bricks bright orange is just icing on the cake.  Complete with a full moon and wet pavement, I really like the atmosphere of this photo.

As an aside, I’m still not sure whether this is the Riverside Visitor’s Center with an apostrophe or the Riverside Visitors Center, plural.  After spending way too much time looking up this information, the results were inclusive, so I went with the apostrophe.

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