historical-markers

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Jenkins House, Bryan, Texas by Silver Smith
Via Flickr:
The beautiful E.J. Jenkins House located in downtown Bryan, Texas. The domed tower and wrap-around veranda mark this as Queen Anne style architecture, a Victorian era substyle. Also, here’s a press release from www.prlog.org/10240709-stoppingpointscom-launches-free-wi… site.

“PokeStops are places in Pokemon Go that allow you to collect items such as eggs and more Poke Balls to capture more Pokemon!

These will be located at select places near you, such as historical markers, monuments and art installations”

“Around the country, there are only a few markers noting the sites of lynchings. In several of those places, like Newnan, Ga., attempts to erect markers were met with local resistance. But in most places, no one has tried to put up a marker.
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‘If you’re trying to make a point that the amount of racial violence is underestimated, well then, there’s no doubt about it,'Professor Beck said. 'What people don’t realize here is just how many there were, and how close. Places they drive by every day.’”

More on efforts to mark the spaces where lynchings took place in the New York Times.

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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Approves 22 New State Historical Markers | The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA – The iconic Don’t Give Up the Ship Battle Flag from the War of 1812, theater pioneer Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel, innovations in natural gas extraction and distribution by George Westinghouse that made the fuel commercially available, and Sullivan Progress Plaza, the first shopping center developed, owned, and managed by African Americans are among the subjects of the 22 new state historical markers approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).
The new markers, selected from 50 applications, will be added to the nearly 2,300 familiar blue-with-gold-lettering signs along roads and streets throughout Pennsylvania.

Random historical facts I love:

  • Roman coins have been found in ancient Chinese sites
  • A tiny percentage of Icelandic people have a historical genetic marker only found in America and parts of Asia
  • Vikings were part of the elite guard of the Byzantium Emperor in Constantinople
  • Black Agnes, when faced with the bombardment of her besieged castle by the English, went out with her maids to dust the ramparts when their attackers ran out of ammunition.
  • at least two Roman Emperors married men
  • Sybil Ludington was 16 years old when she rode through the night to warn the American forces that the English were coming in 1777. She rode double the distance of Paul Revere, from 9pm until dawn.
  • Suleiman the Magnificent conquered Buda in 1541 by being a tactical genius who managed to take half the Royal court hostage by playing at being their allies, while his men went for a tour of the city, then aired their swords and put their flags up
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Dustin Lance Black Will Dedicate Memorial To America's First LGBT Rights Demonstration
The memorial will be presented at a Philadelphia meeting house on July 27.

The award-winning Milk screenwriter will present a Philadelphia Conference Historic Marker at the Arch Street Meeting House, the site where 300 LGBT activists gathered to plan the 1979 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

The activists gathered at the house a few short months after the assassination of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, a leading activist in the fight for LGBT equality.

There, they strategized and put into motion the steps that would lead to the groundbreaking 100,000-person demonstration in D.C., which many regard as a turning point in the LGBT civil rights movement.

Architecture Monday:

Alas, we will have to do without background narration from Sigourney Weaver, but with Finding Dory in the theatres let’s visit the inspiration for the movie’s setting, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, designed by EHDD.

I’ve visited the aquarium a number of times*, and have always appreciated the building.  The exhibits, of course, are the big draw, and they are stunning and great technical achievements, but the rugged and simple building itself is an understated beauty.

Two things strike you as you enter into the building.  The first is the boilers, remnants of the cannery that forms the heart of the complex.  Starting with this moment of adaptive reuse, the old and weathered brick is inviting and sets the stage for the technical systems and shed-like structures that carries through the rest of the buildings.  Thematically, it also sets a counterpoint to the history of the region and the mission of the aquarium, as well as historical marker of our relationship to the sea.

(the smokestack and the building in front are the bits of the original cannery adaptively reused

(the entrance)

The second is the view.  Directly opposite the entrance are great windows that open out to the bay beyond, with the aquarium’s great tide pool in the foreground.  This is an institute dedicated to the sea and our love and understanding and protection of it, and that’s on view and on display right as you enter.  The soaring space of the lobby, with the big boilers and skylights above, pulls attention and the view outward and onward.

(the boilers and the view up, out, and beyond)

It is most definitively not an introverted building, though it could easily have been one given all the special tanks and displays and activities.  But at every turn the building reconnects you to the outside and to the bay beyond.

It’s a great building that supports a great set of exhibits.  And it’s in the spotlight not only in Finding Dory but also winning this year’s AIA’s 25 Year Award.

If you’ve never been, it’s worth a visit for all the reasons.

* If you’re asking why I don’t have any of my own pictures to share of the building, well, each time I visit, somehow, the only pictures I take are of the otters… the wonderful, playful, cute, sleek, fun, otters… :D