Detail of the cornice of gatehouse designed by Charles Bulfinch, third Architect of the Capitol, in approximately 1827, for the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. This gatehouse and another one by Bulfinch were moved to Constitution Ave, closer to the White House, in the late 19th century.
Bulfinch, considered one of the first professional architects in this country, took drawing courses as a Harvard undergraduate and then traveled through Europe observing architecture.
This morning I gave another of my tours in Rock Creek Park of the carved stones removed from the U.S. Capitol Building.
I always enjoy these tours as the people are knowledgeable and curious,asking excellent questions
I had the pleasure of giving my tour of Capitol stones today to a very nice group of people. (c)Bill Lebovich,2016
(c) Bill Lebovich, all rights reserved, 2013
In Manhattan, several late 19th and early 20th century fire houses are still in use. They are narrow, three story brick buildings, with interesting detailing. Above the string course there is usually a bronze plaque listing every official associated with the building of the house, except for the architect. But I have seen two firehouses where the famous architect LeBrun was listed. Also, along the walls flanking the overhead door, and on walls inside the building, are plaques commemorating the members who died in the line of duty.
Also the firehouses have knicknames such as “bat cave” or “lion’s den”, and these names and symbols are painted on the door. But at “lion’s den”, the city required that a new plain door be installed. The decorated door is in storage, and will be mounted on the rear inside wall of the station.
The top two images are this month, with the new door rolled up, the third image is last December with the decorated door.
I have several other equally impressive examples, but the slides have not been scanned.
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(c) Bill Lebovich, all rights reserved,2013
days after first Reagan inaugural ball
This much under appreciated city has a wonderful Federal residence that is now a private club,late 19th century water tower, streamlined former Greyhound bus station, powerful industrial and warehouse buildings (although one of the most important was demolished,without reason), a bold art museum, and strong retail buildings and blocks, defined by attention to detail. Plus it sits adjacent to a great lake and has outgoing, friendly people who are enthusiastic about their architecture.
(C) Bill Lebovich, all rights reserved, 2013.
(c) Bill Lebovich, all rights reserved.