Charleston: Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon – Rebecca Motte Room

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Charleston: Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon - Rebecca Motte Room

The Rebecca Motte Room on the first floor, or Exchange Floor, of the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon is the formal meeting place for the Rebecca Motte Chapter of the National Society of the American Revolution. The room and chapter are named for Rebecca Brewton Motte, the Revolutionary War heroine who famously let Generals Francis and Light Horse Harry Lee set her plantation house on the Congaree aflame after the British appropriated it as a fort during the Revolutionary War.

The ladies of the Rebecca Motte Chapter, organized in 1895, have been meeting here since 1921. For their meetings, each lady would bring a chair from home, and the current collection, ranging in date from Late Georgian to Colonial Revival, continue in use today. The collection also include two pier mirrors, c. 1850, of Continental origin that once belong to Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and purchased by the chapter in 2006.

The Exchange and Provost, located at 122 East Bay, was built in 1767 as a mercantile exchange and Custom House. The Georgian-style building, designed by William Rigby Naylor, was badly damaged by Union artillery fire during the Civil War, and again after the great earthquake of 1886, but repaired on both occasions.

In 1774, South Carolina elected delegates to the First Continental Congress in the Exchange’s Great Hall. Seized by the British, it was used as a military prison during the Revolutionary War, where Isaac Hayne, an American executed for treason by the British, spent his last night. In 1788, the State Legislature met here to ratify the new State Constitution. In 1791, President George Washington addressed the citizens of Charlestown from the building’s west elevation, and attended a ball and concert inside. In 1815, the Post Office moved into the Exchange Building. In 1873, the building became City Hall and was bought by the Rebecca Motte Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1912.

Posted by wallyg on 2013-05-25 20:44:56

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Empire State – New York City

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Empire State -  New York City

The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 m), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet (443 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931 until the topping out of the original World Trade Center’s North Tower in late 1970. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York (although it was no longer the tallest in the US or the world), until One World Trade Center reached a greater height on April 30, 2012. The Empire State Building is currently the fourth-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States (after the One World Trade Center, the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower, both in Chicago), and the 25th-tallest in the world (the tallest now is Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai). It is also the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.

The Empire State Building is generally thought of as an American cultural icon. It is designed in the distinctive Art Deco style and has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the AIA’s List of America’s Favorite Architecture.

The building is owned by the Empire State Realty Trust, of which Anthony Malkin serves as Chairman, CEO and President.[17] In 2010, the Empire State Building underwent a $550 million renovation, with $120 million spent to transform the building into a more energy efficient and eco-friendly structure.[18] The Empire State Building is the tallest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building in the United States, having received a gold LEED rating in September 2011.

History
The site of the Empire State Building was first developed as the John Thompson Farm in the late 18th century. At the time, a stream ran across the site, emptying into Sunfish Pond, located a block away. Beginning in the late 19th century, the block was occupied by the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, frequented by The Four Hundred, the social elite of New York.

The limestone for the Empire State Building came from the Empire Mill in Sanders, Indiana which is an unincorporated town adjacent to Bloomington, Indiana. The Empire Mill Land office is near State Road 37 and Old State Road 37 just south of Bloomington. Bloomington, Bedford and Oolitic area are known locally as the limestone capital of the world

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The Empire State Building was designed by William … Read More

Empire State – NY – Aerial View

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Empire State - NY - Aerial View

The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 m), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet (443 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931 until the topping out of the original World Trade Center’s North Tower in late 1970. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York (although it was no longer the tallest in the US or the world), until One World Trade Center reached a greater height on April 30, 2012. The Empire State Building is currently the fourth-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States (after the One World Trade Center, the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower, both in Chicago), and the 25th-tallest in the world (the tallest now is Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai). It is also the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.

The Empire State Building is generally thought of as an American cultural icon. It is designed in the distinctive Art Deco style and has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the AIA’s List of America’s Favorite Architecture.

The building is owned by the Empire State Realty Trust, of which Anthony Malkin serves as Chairman, CEO and President.[17] In 2010, the Empire State Building underwent a $550 million renovation, with $120 million spent to transform the building into a more energy efficient and eco-friendly structure.[18] The Empire State Building is the tallest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building in the United States, having received a gold LEED rating in September 2011.

History
The site of the Empire State Building was first developed as the John Thompson Farm in the late 18th century. At the time, a stream ran across the site, emptying into Sunfish Pond, located a block away. Beginning in the late 19th century, the block was occupied by the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, frequented by The Four Hundred, the social elite of New York.

The limestone for the Empire State Building came from the Empire Mill in Sanders, Indiana which is an unincorporated town adjacent to Bloomington, Indiana. The Empire Mill Land office is near State Road 37 and Old State Road 37 just south of Bloomington. Bloomington, Bedford and Oolitic area are known locally as the limestone capital of the world

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The Empire State Building was designed by William … Read More

Schenectady New York ~ Nott Memorial Corridor ~ Union Higher education ~ Historical

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Schenectady  New York ~ Nott Memorial Hall ~ Union College ~ HIstorical

1st employed as a campus museum.
The Nott Memorial is an elaborate 16-sided stone-masonry making which serves as both of those architectural and physical centerpiece of Union Higher education in Schenectady, New York. Devoted to Eliphalet Nott, president of Union for a remarkable sixty-two years (1804–1866), the 110-foot (34 m) higher by 89-foot (27 m) huge composition is a Nationwide Historic Landmark.
Formally specified Nott Memorial Corridor but referred to by generations of pupils and college basically as “The Nott” or “The Nipple” (often “The Nipple of Information”), the building’s centrality and preliminary style trace back again to Josef Ramee’s 1813 conception of the faculty grounds, the initial planned faculty campus in the United States.

The Memorial was designed by Edward Tuckerman Potter, architect of place church buildings and homes, alumnus of the faculty, and grandson of President Nott. Construction started in 1858 and was done in 1879. The final result is a person of pretty number of 16-sided structures in the earth.

For almost a century the Nott was generally open within. In 1961 the faculty moved its bookstore into the basement and configured the initial two floors into theater in the round. The upper floors have been at some point shut off and fell into disrepair.
In 1993 the faculty started a finish renovation of the Nott, restoring it to its unique style. The award-successful undertaking was undertaken by famous Boston centered architecture agency Finegold Alexander + Associates Inc and carried out by A.J. Martini, Inc., contractors.[3] The bookstore and theater have been moved to other destinations on the campus, and in 1995 the Nott reopened on the celebration of Union’s two hundredth anniversary.

Posted by Onasill ~ Bill Badzo on 2016-06-21 21:fifty nine:fifteen

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