..what you see when you’re on stage..
..gazing upwards seated at row two..
..retired trains @ the Choo Choo Hotel..
..same place as this one, i think i know where the architect got his inspiration from.. 🙂
..one of the many snaps i got of a photo tour around the alabama theatre organized by our local photo group..
The Alabama Theatre is a movie palace in Birmingham, Alabama. It was built in 1927 by Paramount’s Publix Theatre chain as its flagship theater for the southeastern region of the United States. Seating 2,500 people at the time, it was the largest in the Birmingham Theatre district. The district was once home to a myriad of large theaters that featured vaudeville, performing arts, nickelodeons, and large first-run movie palaces. The Alabama is the only district theater still operating today. Built to show silent films, the Alabama still features its original Wurlitzer theater organ. Other than the Alabama, the Lyric Theatre is the only theater still standing in the district. (source)
..happened to have the fishy during a meeting here, commenced snapping..
..the silent shooting mode of the 5dmkiii couldv’e been handy while shooting this quiet place, but i guess mirror slaps pale in comparison to the ripping sound of velcro of a camera bag.. 😀
The Cathedral of Saint Paul (informally known as Saint Paul’s Cathedral) is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama. Designed by Chicago architect Adolphus Druiding, the Victorian Gothic-style brick building was completed as a parish church in 1893. It was elevated to Cathedral status with the creation of the Diocese of Birmingham in 1969. (wiki)
..back when the marilyn monroe statue was still there, shot quickly to avoid water drops showing up on the image (it was drizzling)..
..an almost empty union station..
..union station multiplex at the bottom, 200 s. wacker at the top..
..this is how it looks like to walk inside a hot air balloon that’s being inflated..
..hung around a bit after the opening ceremonies..
*it was a bit hazy because of the fireworks that went off a few minutes ago (here’s the shot i took of it)..
..i’ll always remember them as the corcob buildings..
Marina City is a mixed-use residential/commercial building complex occupying an entire city block on State Street in Chicago, Illinois. It lies on the north bank of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, directly across from the Loop district. The complex consists of two high rise corncob-shaped 65-story towers (including five-story elevator and physical plant penthouse), at 587-foot (179 m) tall. It also includes a saddle-shaped auditorium building, and a mid-rise hotel building, all contained on a raised platform adjacent to the river. Beneath the raised platform at river level is a small marina for pleasure craft, giving the structures their name.
..since i didn’t have a hazmat on hand, i’ve been working from home since yesterday, it’s not as easy as it looks.. 😀
..here’s a landmark to know roughly where this was taken..
The Michigan Avenue Bridge (officially DuSable Bridge) is a bascule bridge that carries Michigan Avenue across the main stem of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, Illinois, United States. The bridge was proposed in the early 20th century as part of a plan to link Chicago’s south side and north side parks with a grand boulevard. Construction of the bridge started in 1918, it opened to traffic in 1920, and decorative work was completed in 1928. The bridge provides passage for vehicles and pedestrians on two levels; it is an example of a fixed trunnion bascule bridge, which is also known as a “Chicago style bascule bridge”. The bridge is included in the Michigan–Wacker Historic District and has been designated as a Chicago Landmark.
..this was probably the best way to view the architecture without any effort..
..let’s go on a trip along the chicago river..
..went out shooting last weekend, this is where we ended up..
For years, it has been the smallest populated town in Alabama, but the town is notable for the nearby rock arch, also named Natural Bridge, the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies, spanning over 127 ft (40 m). The arch is in Natural Bridge Park, which allows public access. (wiki)
..my plans for this weekend are as empty as this ice skating rink, hope you guys have a good weekend..
..that building at “six o’ clock” is the harold washington library.. it’s got cool, huge gargoyle sculptures on top of it..
..back to (ir)regular programming..
..even though we didn’t stay here, i was still able to roam around, explore and take photos..
..yep, a train station converted to a hotel..
Terminal Station in Chattanooga, Tennessee is a former railroad station, once owned and operated by the Southern Railway, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The station was opened in 1909 and was the latest and largest station in Chattanooga’s history. The original Chattanooga Union Station, built in 1858, (demolished in 1973) was outgrown by the rapid expansion in the railroad network serving Chattanooga. A second station, built in 1882, was outgrown in only six years. In 1888, an old freight depot was converted to a passenger facility, while three other depots handled commercial and industrial traffic.
As the railroad industry declined in the 1950s and 1960s, passenger traffic dwindled, and the last passenger train, The Birmingham Special, left Terminal Station in 1970. In 1972, local businessmen bought the building, renamed it the Chattanooga Choo Choo after the song, and began rehabilitating the building. Today, the 24-acre (97,000 m2) complex is a convention center, hotel and resort with restaurants and shops. Hotel guests can stay in half of a restored passenger railway car. Dining at the complex includes the Gardens restaurant in the Terminal Station itself (enclosed passenger loading platform), The Station House (which is housed in a former baggage storage, but on original building plans is designated as “Mail Sorting Facility”) and the “Dinner in the Diner” which is the complex’s fine dining venue, housed in a restored 1938 Class A dining car. Some parts of the complex are connected by a heritage streetcar line, operated by a 1924-built ex-New Orleans Perley Thomas trolley car.(wiki)
..view from the front part of the ship..
..the ship’s calliope..
A calliope is a musical instrument that produces sound by sending a gas, originally steam or more recently compressed air, through large whistles, originally locomotive whistles. (wiki)
..525 West Monroe, spotted while walking towards the bus stop..
..christmas ornaments in union station..
..looks like the moleman’s been to chicago..
..i ran out of titles already..
..moleman’s take on this post..
*oh, that blur on the right? that’s me.. i had the camera flat on it’s back to get this.. 🙂
..it’s been a while..
Group of Four Trees, 1969-72ArtistJean DubuffetLocationThe Chase Manhattan Bank Plaza, off Pine Street, between Nassau and William Streets.DescriptionGroup of Four Trees is a black and white sculpture standing just in front of the black and white Chase Manhattan Bank building. The similarities between the sculpture and building, however, stop there. The building’s straight lines and evenly-spaced rows of windows stand in contrast to the irregular surfaces of Group of Four Trees. The forms of the trees are made up of a series of varying planes, all white, and connected together by thick black outlines. The trees’ canopies lean in different directions, and the heights of the four trees are all different, making the viewer’s eye move all around the sculpture, following the many lines that are present.(source)
..long time no moleman.. here’s one..
The James A. Farley Building is the main post office building in New York City. Its ZIP code designation is 10001. Built in 1912, the building is famous for bearing the inscription: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. In 1982, the post office was officially designated ‘”The James A. Farley Building'”, as a monument and testament to the political career of the nation’s 53rd Postmaster General. The Farley Post Office is home to “Operation Santa,” made famous in the classic 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street. (wiki)
..last i heard, the artists were having problems staying here, but from their web site it looks like they’re staying, and will be open in spring..
..the Tudor Hotel was running short on surveillance cams, I sorta offered my services.. 😉