Architecture | Wenatchee, WA | May 2020

Buildings tell lies, particularly when it comes to grandiose false fronts designed to boost a structure’s “presence.” Of course, cowboy towns in the 1800s proudly strutted their flat, fake fronts. And architects in the 1990s reincarnated the practice for malls and quick-build commercial strips. This photo shows a more honest use of a false front — the bright red wall marks the emergency entrance at the region’s main hospital. Ambulance drivers and helicopter pilots can easily spot it as they race from a rescue.