Friday, February 11, 2005

Numero Uno Sewer Lid

Most folks probably don't spend a helluva lot of time studying manhole covers, but walking the streets several hours a day affords me the opportunity. There are, of course, a variety of styles and designs of these functional pieces of the streetscape, which are used to cover different underground utilities. Moreover, these cast iron artifacts range in age, the oldest of which I've found to be in front of the DeMenil Mansion, the ante-bellum mansion at the foot of Cherokee Street in South St. Louis. The DeMenil sewer lid, true to its aristocratic surroundings, is designed in an intricate series of interlaced arcs. They don't make em like this anymore.