Archive for August, 2009

30
Aug
09

White House of the Lost Cause

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30
Aug
09

The Boathouse, Rocketts Landing

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30
Aug
09

Egyptian Building VCU

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 EB sign

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29
Aug
09

TERRELL’s STORE Beaverdam Virginia

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This has got to be in the first decade of the 20th century. Frank Cowherd Harris (beaverdam train agent) and his first born, Francis Vest Harris (Aunt Ticky). In the background is Terrell’s Store if there is any doubt too what that structure is to down town Beaverdam.

29
Aug
09

C.S. Holland

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C.S. Holland was my grandmother Harris’s father who was a drummer boy doing the War between the States. I think my grandmother’s, mother died when she was young and was a Vest(?) I have no knowledge of the Vest family and don’t know who the girl is standing beside her in studio picture in this link?

https://otway.wordpress.com/2009/04/01/

C.S. Holland : September 18,1848- August 28,1912

29
Aug
09

Woodson’s Mill 2

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28
Aug
09

Beaverdam Virginia

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The E.C. Terell store and home next door are going to ruin because of mis-guided people that own the land. My granddad was the train agent at the turn of the 19th century and my mother was born in the station house in 1914. Here are some pictures of downtown Beaverdam during better times.

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The little girl is Frances Vest Harris (Aunt Ticky), in front of E.C. Terrell’s home where locals would gather to wait for train.

https://otway.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/aunt-tickys-silver/

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A collage I did of Mom and grandad a decade ago. Here are some more Harris family links (the search works great in the widget to right).

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Frank Harris with E.C. Terrell house in background.
https://otway.wordpress.com/2008/09/10/bar-keep/ 9 8 2003 b

Found this picture I took in 2003. The pano at top was shot the day of this post.

Train Agents House

The house my mom was born in across from station that was owned by the C & O Railroad. It’s still there but really built up with add-on’s.

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27
Aug
09

Monumental Church

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As a kid in grade school during the early 60’s I saw this wonderful mural in the dome of Monumental Church that has stuck in my mind all these years. I’m not really sure how good it was, but at the time it was the most haunting art I had ever seen. I just found my answer researching the Library of Congress.

“In 1899 new frecoes depicting the four evangelists were painted in the apse, which transformed the once pale white interior into a darker, more somber Victorian setting. Subsequently, nearly 200 combination gas and electric light fixtures were installed.
From 1976 to 1981 the church underwent a major restoration: Most of the later nineteenth-century alterations to the interior were removed and orginal furnishings and color schemes restored.”
 
 If it looked anything like this, what a loss? 
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 BENOZZO GOZZOLI

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Fresco

Apsidal chapel, Sant’Agostino, San Gimignano

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I found so much mis-imformation about the fresco’s it’s hard to say what I really saw as a child?

“Thankfully, during the restoration of the 1970s, the Sunday school was demolished and the east portico rebuilt. Art glass windows, a painting of the Resurrection in the apse, and a dome fresco painting of the Angel Gabriel were later additions, which have all since been removed.”

http://www.historicrichmond.com/monumentalhistory.html

“Historic Monumental marks the site where stood in 1811 the old Richmond Theatre. On the night after Christmas in that year, during the enactment of “The Bleeding Nun,” the cry of “Fire” startled all ears; the theatre was laid in ashes and three score and twelve citizens of the Metropolis, including the Governor of the Commonwealth, perished in the flames. The Municipality, cooperating with a committee of citizens, with Chief justice John Marshall as Chairman, decreed that as a proper monument of the dread disaster, a solemn temple be raised “to be forever devoted to the sacred purposes of divine worship.” Thus the Monumental, with its unique architecture and vaulted dome, sprung into existence and today, with its beautiful frescoes, its grand organ and memorial windows and tablets to departed rectors and vestrymen, and its superb chancel and choir, stands unrivaled among church edifices in the Old Dominion.

http://www.historichampshire.org/moore/monumntl.htm

24
Aug
09

CNB Building

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“Richmond’s only true art-deco skyscraper, the Central National Bank Building (CNB) is an impressive piece of work and craftsmanship. Upon completion, it was the tallest building in the city. No longer occupied, the CNB has yet to find a suitable use due to its small floor plans. While occupied by the CNB, a unique neon sign rested on top of the tower that changed colors according to the forecast for the next day. Currently, the structure is owned by the Ukrops family, who have tentative plans to renovate the structure.”

 

Architect, builder, or engineer: Eberson,John

23
Aug
09

Richmond Fed Pano

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Richmond Federal Reserve tower designed by the famed Japanese-American architect Minoru Yamasaki, looks like a smaller version of the now-destroyed World Trade Center designed by the very same Japanese architect.

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1984 Computer portrait from State Fair

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