Guess who got a printer/scanner?! ME! (Yay, me!) Not top of the line, but good enough to scan some antiquities from my old, college projects. The following pictures are quick prints from a study I was doing on my old apartment building in Oakland. I hope to dig up some more, or print from the original negatives soon. I never throw away old projects, sentimental me, so I am bound to find them here somewhere…when we get to unpack at a new home.

The 1919 apartment had one bedroom and five closets (did you hear me? FIVE closets!!); salmon and sea foam green checkerboard tile; crystal doorknobs; french doors into the kitchen, a deep, original, Koehler tub from the 1920s; and french style windows, which let in loads of sunlight. I LOVED that place! It only cost around $500 a month and all I had to deal with were the prostitutes on the corner (they were actually quite nice.); the occasional round of gunfire heading up MacArthur Blvd; a very creepy building manager; and the usual, we’re-turning-off-the-water-for-repairs-for-the-whole-day, old building hoo-haw. Hey, when you are 20-something years old, that is a cinch! The place had so much character that I fell in love the second I saw it. I still dream about it to this day, eighteen years after I moved out.

“Timeworn”, My Apartment, Oakland, CA, 1991

Photos ©Carol A. Bourns

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