Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cavalliere Blacksmith Ornamental Iron

Today is Arizona theme day and the theme is Old Arizona. Well, here is a slice from Arizona's past right in Old Town Scottsdale.  

This is the Cavalliere Blacksmith Ornamental Iron business. Look at the old mud adobe bricks used for the walls. The iron work is nice and the old wagon wheels are reminiscent of days gone by.
 
As you can see from the second photo, it is still in operation and that truly is an anvil. I took the image with the sunlight streaming into the blacksmith shop.

George Cavalliere brought his family to Scottsdale in 1910. Three generations of the Cavalliere family have owned and operated the shop. Today, the family still owns and operates the blacksmith shop.  
The original building was tin. It was replaced with adobe in 1920. The adobe bricks were made on site. The adobe walls are twelve inches thick and have two layers of stucco over them. The building is on the Scottsdale Register of Historic Places.  

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21 comments:

Abe said...

I love the old blacksmith shops. This one would be a thrill to visit. Nice photography too.

Is it still working?

brattcat said...

You capture wonderful light in these two shots.

angie said...

I love adobe buildings - adobe and blacksmith shot really captures this month's theme - great post!

Sharon said...

Wow, I don't think I've ever seen this building and it certainly is historic.

Jarart said...

Great choice right in old town. I like the adobe walls and the lighting is great.

Jacob said...

Good grief. I lived in Scottsdale for four years and I don't remember this. That was a long time ago, of course, and my memory ain't what it used to be (among other things...)

Love the photos. Now I'm going to have to go back there and see what I missed the first time or have forgotten.

Have a great Sunday!

Jacob said...

Thanks for your kind words, Julie...

I probably passed by that blacksmith shop hundreds of times and have simply let it go from memory, or, as you say, never really noticed it.

We used to live in a Hallcraft home at 8401 E. Edgemont...I think just south of Thomas Rd...

glenda said...

Pretty amazing that it is still operating as a blacksmith shop. Interesting that the adobe was made on site.

Pat said...

That's a cool building. I need to get back up there and walk around.

Bath Daily Photo Blog said...

Hi Julie, we are envious of your lovely warm weather! Great photos, Emma and Tom

PJ said...

Hi, Julie, thanks for coming by. I'm either not very good at blogging - sometimes I have no idea what to post and spend a lot of time running through my photos to find something to put up - or don't have a lot of time to visit with new people. I'll be sure to come by more often. Your desert scenery, and the Chihuly, are amazing.

cieldequimper said...

This is so beautiful. To me, that IS Arizona!

Chandlermom said...

I've often wondered about this building! Great choice for the theme day, and thanks for the bit of history lesson

Lois said...

You took that picture of the anvil at just the perfect time of day! The light is amazing. I enjoyed the history of the building too.

Shammickite said...

I really have enjoyed looking at your Chihuly glass photos, what wonderful colours, shapes, textures and form.... and all displayed in a garden, how perfect.

Per Stromsjo said...

Very good composition with the sunlight streaming in like that.

Vogon Poet said...

What a contrast with the Chihuly photos. I love that anvil and the neat shadows...

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Jacob,
Here is some additional information to seen if it helps jog your memoryblo regardig the location of the blacksmith shop. It is about two blocks directly west of the Scottsdale Center for the Arts and two blocks south of Main Street. If you remember the Los Olivos Mexican Restaurant, it is one block west of it.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I hope tons of people were out and about enjoying the local history. Looks like fun!

Jacob said...

Thanks, Julie. That does help in terms of location. I seem to recall the Mexican restaurant. But, it was sooooo long ago.

Have a wonderful day!

susieofarabia said...

It looks so typically western! I grew up in an adobe house in Douglas. Thanks for the background info too!

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