Monday, December 31, 2007
Who needs New York? Why be jostled by a crowd no one in his right mind would trust when you could have a fun night in a pleasant little town along a beautiful lake? Port Clinton, Ohio, doesn't drop a big ball on New Year's Eve. That's boring. They drop a 20 ft. walleye. Now do you see why I like Ohio?
Saturday, December 29, 2007
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Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
My feeling on this complex are mixed. Overall, it's very nice. However, there's an imbalance.
This is what the church looked like, originally. It was an excellent design, while now it's merely a good design. As much as I like half-timbering, I really wish they'd left well enough alone. I'll admit that, when Hahn and Hayes added a new facade in 1954, they did a good job. Much better, in fact, than the usual product of that decade of insanity and inanity. That doesn't quite make up for the fact that the original design, built in 1868, was better.
Why was the facade changed? Well, aside from the fact that it was a decade when the majority of the people who made any major decisions were bloody feckin' idjits, they wanted it to match the parish house that had been built next door. The parish house is why I have mixed feelings.
The Gardner Building, built in 1893, was one of the first large structures to use reinforced concrete. The reinforcing rods weren't even being produced, yet, so they used railroad rails.