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Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by Deco-Doll-1928, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. Not so much a real building per se, but the catacombs under Paris are stunning. 6 Million people are boned there in a Ossuary. Fascinating piece of 1700's history...
     
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  2. Bushman

    Bushman Call Me a Cab

    The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Not only is it a history museum to some of the world's greatest technological achievements (including featuring a real U-Boat, my personal favorite exhibit), but it's built in an original building from the Columbian World Exposition, one of the few surviving the fair.
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  3. Former Board School Building, Durward Street (formerly Bucks Row), London
    Built in 1877 it served as a school until 1912. It had a variety of uses over the years but was derelict by the 1980s, 1990s. It has since been refurbished and converted into flats. On August 31, 1888 the body of Jack the Ripper victim Mary Ann Nichols was found where the bushes are in the photo. In 1888 it was the entrance to a livery stable.

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  4. United Kingdom Hotel
    Clifton Hill, Melbourne, Australia

    As you can see in the picture it's now a "Maccas."

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  5. basbol13

    basbol13 One of the Regulars

    One of my favorite spots, though I believe it's a little cold considering all the extra ventilation
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    And the bathrooms may have a lot to be desired, but a nice family place on the whole.
     
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  6. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

    Whats the old reltore joke, "oh no, those aren't termite holes, those are bullet holes!" As if that's better!
     
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  7. Thought I'd shoehorn this fantastic statue here as a "historical place" since I couldn't find a historical statue thread.

    Central Park has a ridiculous number of incredible statues. You could tour for a day and not hit them all.

    One of my favorite is of Balto (from 1925) - here's why (below text is from Central Park's website):

    Balto's History
    In January 1925, a deadly diphtheria epidemic threatened the children of Nome. Medicine to stop the outbreak was in Anchorage, nearly a thousand miles away. Twenty sled dog teams relayed the medicine through blinding snow and temperatures that reached 40 degrees below zero. Balto, a hardy Siberian husky, led his team for the final 53 treacherous miles, arriving in Nome just 20 hours later. Newspapers and radio around the world followed the trek, fascinated by the brave team whose efforts eventually helped end the epidemic.

    Balto Comes to Central Park
    Balto became an instant hero and media darling, and New Yorkers were quick to show their support. The bronze sculpture, created by Frederick G.R. Roth, was dedicated that same year on December 17.

    And today he looked indomitable again in the snow
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    A picture of the accompanying
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  8. I did the full visit of that property about 20 years ago with my then American family members (now RIP). Even kept a poster I bought there. Magnificent joinery.
     
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  10. vitanola

    vitanola My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Like most Cleveland schoolchildren, I knew the tale of Balto from childhood. After the famous run to Nome, and their appearance in New York the poor dog team fell upon evil days, ending up living in terrible conditions in a dime museum in Los Angeles. A Cleveland businessman raised funds (including the pennies and nickles of schoolchildren) to buy the surviving dogs out of the museum. They moved to Cleveland and lived out their days in special accomodations at the Cleveland Zoo. The dogs were highly socialized, and so were allowed a great deal of human interaction, especially with children, further endearing them to a now passing generation of Clevelanders. Balto passed at the ripe age of 14 in 1936. His remains are preserved at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Balto_Web_1.jpg
     
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  13. That was discussed in the book - yup, Balto got much more of the glory than he deserved. Life is so incredibly unfair at times and you can see how, in some instances, through no intent, it just works out that way.
     
  14. I climbed on the Central Park Balto statue when I was a kid in the sixties, then my own kids did decades later. It's a classic!
     
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  15. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

    This will interest any Lon Chaney fans! It is the old carriage house on the grounds of The Colorado School For The Deaf And Blind. As you know, his parents worked there when he was born. Nice to see them fixing it up! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  16. basbol13

    basbol13 One of the Regulars

    Original Chicago Society Building

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  17. Any Frank Lloyd Wright home.
     
  18. basbol13

    basbol13 One of the Regulars

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  19. Yesterday, we were able to go for a walk during the snow storm and snapped this shot of the San Remo apartment building - one of the great, grand pre-war apartment buildings that line Central Park's perimeter. Since you don't get much detail in our pic - maybe a nice impression though - I also added in a the second picture from Wikipedia (along with part of Wikipedia's description of the apartment building).

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    The San Remo (145 Central Park West) is a luxury, 27-floor, co-operative apartment building in Manhattan located between West 74th Street and West 75th Street, three blocks north of The Dakota. Opened in 1930, the San Remo is described by Glen Justice of the New York Times as "a dazzling two-tower building with captivating views of Central Park

    And one more from Google images just so you can see the scale of this giant:
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  20. A very nice photo. Puts me in mind of Steichen's image of the Flatiron Building.
     

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