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Master Masons of Duluth (Close-up)


genie said...

love your pictures our our area! Wishing I'd see you about town! Did you try the Hemp Ale at Fitger's Pub?

Lloyd Kahn said...

As a matter of fact, I did. And took a growler of it out to my friends who have cabin on the lake Monday night.

Jack Stub said...

One definition of classicism that I've read is "It's either created for the ages, or it's not." Agree with that or disagree, there is a certain truth in that statement. This building, a beautiful example of late Richardsonian Romanesque, is clearly built for the ages, at least on the exterior. An antiquated heating system necessitated its closure years ago (it took eight tons of coal per day to heat in the winter), but the exterior appears to be in solid condition. How many buildings created now will age with such style? I prefer structures that either stand strong for hundreds of years or disintegrate back into the earth when done. The Central High School in Duluth will continue to be strong for awhile.

Also, I love your blog.

Lew said...

From Wikipedia:

Richardsonian Romanesque is a style of Romanesque Revival architecture named after architect Henry Hobson Richardson, whose masterpiece is Trinity Church, Boston (1872–77), designated a National Historic Landmark. Richardson first used elements of the style in his Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane in Buffalo, New York, designed in 1870.

This very free revival style incorporates 11th and 12th century southern French, Spanish and Italian Romanesque characteristics. It emphasizes clear, strong picturesque massing, round-headed "Romanesque" arches, often springing from clusters of short squat columns, recessed entrances, richly varied rustication, blank stretches of walling contrasting with bands of windows, and cylindrical towers with conical caps embedded in the walling.

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