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Posted by Pork-Chop on 2009-09-23 02:21:18

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Made of colorful stone resin, was at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Danbury, CT. Am not sure what it is supposed to be used for, but it was real cute and colorful! It was in the department where the outside deck chairs, barbeque grills, lawn chairs and other summer things were. If you know what it is used for PLEASE let me know!

Posted by Daisy.Sue on 2015-03-12 22:01:26


Boston, Massachusetts – State House Golden Dome

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Boston, Massachusetts - State House Golden Dome

From mass.gov :-

For generations, Bostonians have used the dome of the State House to find their way to Beacon Hill, to symbolize their city, and to mark the center of the "Hub of the Solar System." But the shining landmark we love today hasn’t always gleamed with gold. In fact, it started out as a leaky wooden roof.
When up-and-coming Boston architect Charles Bulfinch took on the job of planning the State House, it was his first paid commission. He based his design on neoclassical elements: columns, a pediment, and a vast shingled dome intended to make the structure stand out among its squat, square neighbors. When construction was finished in 1798, the State House was the most architecturally important public building in the young country, the first answer to the question of what an American government building should look like. Boston’s grandest building, perched atop its highest hill, became an instant monument.

Unfortunately, Bulfinch’s grand achievement couldn’t quite stand up to New England weather. The impressive 30-foot-high dome began to leak almost immediately. After just 4 years, enough rain and snow had seeped in that the wooden shingles were beginning to rot here and there. A hero of the Revolution was called in to save the day. Paul Revere’s foundry was hired to make the dome watertight by sheathing it with a thick layer of copper (thus creating what may be the world’s largest piece of Revereware).

The new copper top was painted the dark grey of lead at first. Soon after — although no one is sure exactly when — the dome became "golden" for the first time. Boston guidebooks from the 1820s refer to the dome as yellow or bronze; we know those accounts are accurate, because during the most recent State House renovation, contractors who peeled away old paint on the dome discovered multiple coats of pale yellow paint. In 1831, though, the dome returned to its earlier leaden grey, and it remained that color for more than 40 years.

The person most responsible for the State House dome as we know it today is Nathaniel P. Banks, Governor of Massachusetts from 1858 to 1861. Banks dreamed of making the State House a magnificent landmark, something befitting the old description of Boston as "a shining city on a hill." He spoke about it often during his term as governor — persuasively, as it turned out, although the Civil War intervened. In 1874, the dome was gilded for the first time with 23.5 karat gold leaf.

In the nearly 130 years since then, the State House’s golden dome has dimmed only once: during World War II, when it was painted a dull grey to hide the glimmer of gold from any enemy ships in Boston Harbor that might have wanted to use it to aim their weapons. It was regilded in 1947 and has been the jewel of Boston’s skyline ever since.

How Do They Do That?
To keep its characteristic brilliance, the State House dome … Read More

Decatur County, TN Courthouse – Decaturville, TN

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Decatur County, TN Courthouse - Decaturville, TN

The Decatur County Courthouse located in Decaturville, TN.

The first court met in Decaturville in 1848 in a cabin on the west side of the square. This was used only a short time until the erection of a two-story frame courthouse, which burned July 3, 1869, with all the records except those in the register’s office and the clerk and master’s office. It was claimed that the fire was the work of an arsonist for the purpose of destroying the records.

On July 12, 1869, a committee was appointed to submit plans and specifications for a new courthouse. The committee went to work at once, and the contract was let in October for a two-story brick structure at a cost of $9,000. The first floor contained offices for the county officials, and the second floor was designated for court proceedings.

Once again the Decatur County courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1927. Again it was thought by the general public to be the work of an arsonist for the same purpose of destroying the records. All records were destroyed with the exception of the ones in the court clerk’s, register’s, and clerk and master’s offices. After this fire, county offices were moved to the Eli Vise store, a two-story building located on the southeast corner of court square, which was destroyed by fire in 1968, and court was held in the Decaturville School building.

A crash building program went into effect to build a new courthouse and in less than 12 months, a fireproof, brick and concrete structure was completed. On the building committee were J. A. Chalk, chairman, V. A. Lancaster, R. E. Spence, W. S. Dennison, and J. W. Blount who served as secretary and treasurer. Elston Tate was architect and contractor, and Fount Tate served as foreman. The courthouse underwent a face-lifting in 1975 when Hardin Smith was elected to serve as county judge. A complete renovation with additional offices created from space unused in the basement offered not only an eye-catching effect but much needed space.

Three bracketed photos were taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and combined with Photomatix to create this HDR image. Additional adjustments were made in Photoshop CS6.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Jeremiah 29:11

Posted by J.L. Ramsaur Photography on 2015-04-14 16:34:54

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for D: a tribute to the constructing chaos.

Posted by helveticaneue on 2005-07-21 05:54:forty six

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