Monday, July 24, 2017

Pine Grove Gazebo

Many hotels have gazebos like this somewhere on their property. They are used as a decorative background for wedding photographs. Sometimes they are just ornamental, and people sit in them just to be outside and have a mobile phone conversation, or a smoke. This one belongs to the Hampton Inn in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, one of the inns I stayed at on my recent Northeastern journey. Pine Grove is sort of near Harrisburg, and the hotel's location has a nice view of wooded hills.There's also a small shopping center, a diner, and a truck stop. I was told when I asked the hotel desk clerk that the gazebo was built by Mennonites. Both the Amish and the Mennonites, with a large presence in eastern Pennsylvania, make plenty of money building wooden structures of all sizes, from gazebos to wine lodges at wineries. 

I had an interesting view of this gazebo from the hotel window. I was looking down on it so I was able to depict the roof and the small cupola at the top. The whole structure was a reddish brown in color.

Black tech pen on sketchbook page, about 5" x 8", July 20, 2017.

1 comment:

Texchanchan said...

They also used to put gazebos around wells of mineral water. I went to a "resort" like that in about 1962. The water was awful. It was a hangover from the Hot Springs days--the town was called Red Boiling Springs. At the "resort" they rang a big bell at 6 in the morning to wake the customers for breakfast. The hotel closed soon after. I believe it has been reopened (probably with air conditioning this time) as a tourist place.