Sunday, October 3, 2010

Drink Coke! Buy Groceries!

Drink Coke

An old advert for Coca-Cola and Norton & Holley Wholesale Groceries on the back of a building. I can't find much about the Grocers but, as we all know, Coke is still alive and well. I really love these old painted advertisements. I wonder when and what caused people to stop making them?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

See it while you still can...

See it while you can

This is not a house but an old hospital. In fact, it was the first public hospital in the city of Danville dating all the way back to 1903! It hasn't been used as a hospital in ages and a fire that occured over 14 years ago has really done a number on the building. Recently the City has decided to tear it down, however not everyone is happy about it. It looks like it was once a beautiful building, but it really needs a good bit of money if it is ever going to be liveable/useable again.

The orange sign states that it is scheduled for demolition. It's really unfortunate to see some of this great architecture go down to rubble. The biggest reason? No one has the money to do what needs to be done. Danville has architecture that could rival Savannah, GA or Charleston, SC. The main difference is that those cities have huge tourism dollars flowing in to see it and Danville doesn't.

Friday, October 1, 2010


This is my first (of hopefully many) Theme Days here at DanvilleDailyPhoto. Honestly, with as much as this town seems to be on the blighted side, I honestly had to hunt for some graffiti.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Twin Houses

Twin Houses

These two houses aren't exacly twins, but in the Old West End on Jefferson Avenue, these two hosues stick out as having some unique architecture. The details are what really distinguish themselves. Notice the use of the lighter coloured bricks above the windows in the house on the right and the multi-leveled green roof in the house on the left.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Fixer Upper

Many (Dare I say most?) of the houses in Danville are in poor shape. Years of neglect and a relatively stagnant economy have led to abandomnent, condemning, and blight. There are, however, here and there, spots of houses being renovated and returned to their once former glory. This house on Green Street, about a block behind the museum, is currently undergoing those changes. Although, I somehow doubt it was originally purple. Not my choice for a house color, but it certainly does stand out!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Layers of History

Layers of History

I absolutely love this photo. There are four different paving styles that have been uncovered by the lack of upkeep on this road. Original abstractly-cut cobblestones, local straightforward brick, and two types of asphalt. As the years have gone by, the new has given a peek at the old. I wonder how many people have walked upon all the years of history here.

Monday, September 27, 2010



Sorry about the radio silence the past few weeks. But Danville Daily Photo is back up and running with a bunch of new pictures. Like this one.

There is a "central artery" that runs through Danville called, appropriately, Central Boulevard. It funnels most of the North-South traffic in the town onto this relatively new highway. A very important throughway for the city.