Saratoga Restaurant Week has had some really nice logos in the past, but not this year. I have nothing more to say.
John and Tom Zanetti built and installed new entrance doors to the Saratoga Springs City Hall. This is a longtime Saratoga millwork and cabinetry company. Please stand up and give them the credit they deserve, these doors will be around longer than those of us reading this article.
Other individuals and companies that helped out are Tom Frost, Rich Martin, and Allerdice Building Supply.
The Adelphi Hotel is one of the few Broadway businesses that recreates traditional Victorian design and makes it work. This is not a popular style these days, and most places either do a dreadful hokey version, or avoid it with modern sleak design. No matter how you feel about it, Saratoga Springs is a Victorian city, and the Adelphi seems to be the sole flag bearer working within the tradition.
From a distance, across the street, or right in front of the door, there are no bad views. The small gardens between the sidewalk and the entrance are in harmony with the building design and the surrounding landscaping. The walkway from the street is a grand entrance under a vine covered trellis.
Whether you love the old world style or not, this is what people come to Saratoga Springs to experience. They have done a great job with all the details – the type treatment of their logo, the colors of the building, flowers in the pots in front of the doors, even the gold leaf on the entrance door signs, all look as if they have come from Saratoga’s past.
The design consistent even when you look up, with traditional banners, and flowers giving a festive victorian view.
The old Saratoga may be fading away, but the Adelphi is letting visitors step back in time and see what originally made this city famous.
The Park View Condominiums have been rising for almost two years now. I have been watching the construction as it seems to move ever so slow. Even at this point getting a perspective of what it is going to look like is difficult. It still isn’t at a point where I can decide if it is a good looking building or a giant monstrosity that should never have been allowed to be next to Congress Park.
Sonny Bonacio has an incredible but sometimes spotty record for his building design. I’m not really sure who the architect is, but he often uses Olsen Architects for such large projects.
On this day I couldn’t get close enough to look at the details of material, but it seems they are using soap stone on the front facade, but that is just a guess.
The North side of the building, which will look out over Congress Park and also have a birds eye view of Broadway. If these are the most valuable living spaces, why does it seem they are the last to be finished. Are sales slow? Are the most valuable apartments still available?
I’m waiting for the day I can write how much I like the final product.
Without a doubt, the best storefront window design is located at G. Willikers toy store. At night they are mesmerizing, and seem as if they are a giant aquarium in a dimly lit room.
One of the reasons this store outshines all others, may be because it is privately owned, and they are not putting up franchised corporate posters. Granted, a toy store has a lot of product to work with, but I have never seen the *Toys R Us* windows look like this.
True, there are a lot of local stores that are half heartedly designed, but all it takes is time. The G. Williker windows are not rocket science, a little tape and reflective paper are a major reason the windows look so incredible, along with a lot of time spent positioning their products in front of it.
I’m not really sure who decorates their windows – whether it is done by a professional, staff or local person would be interesting to know. Could you imagine if all the retail windows had this quality of display? Walking down Broadway at night would be an amazing stroll.
The Curtain Exchange on Broadway in Saratoga Springs is an interesting. I love the fact that we still have specialty stores that do one thing well. Unfortunately they didn’t do a very good job with their logo, but a lot of little things could have been done to make this logo work. The overall look and feel is ok but at least get rid of the big space between the E and Xchange, or tuck the “C” into the cavity in the curtain illustration.
They work within the interior design industry! I would love to see these small stores really take things up a notch.
What do you think?