Sunday, November 27, 2016

Nanaimo Bastion inkwell from British Colombia


This unusual souvenir bronze inkwell is a replica of the Nanaimo Bastion in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, B.C, Canada. According to building collector Donna S., who recently found this souvenir building, "It is 6 1/4 inches high, the base is 3 1/4 inches diameter.  I believe it is bronze not brass,” she said. Words on the base are, “Nanaimo Bastion 1953.”  A Bastion is a projecting portion of a rampart or fortification. Construction began in 1853 and was completed in 1854, the real Nanaimo’s Bastion is the last remaining wooden Hudson Bay Company's bastion in North America. Today, as the city’s oldest structure and recognized Municipal Heritage Site it has survived multiple moves, renovations and changes in ownership. The Bastion proudly stands as one of the most enduring and iconic symbols of the town of Nanaimo. The structure was moved in 1891, again in 1974 and then had major restoration work in 2010 and it’s three floors are open for tours.

I collect 3D metal souvenir building replica of architecture from around the world. If you have any to sell or trade, contact me via my email address in the “complete profile” link at the top right of this blog.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Gatwick Airport Building Replica Art Displayed


Last year in 2014, Gatwick Airport had a display of large sand sculptures in its terminals near London. Created by artist Zeus, the architectural works are a celebration of the airport's expanded route network.  Standing at six feet six inches tall, the replicas included New York's Chrysler Building and Dubai's sail-shaped, seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Torrazzo of Cremona Tower Souvenir Building


The Torrazzo is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Cremona in Lombardy, Italy. Towering 112.7 meters (343 ft 6 in), it is the third-tallest brickwork bell tower in the world (the first being the tower of St. Martin's Church in Landshut, Bavaria, and the second at the Church of Our Lady in Bruges, Belgium). Completed in 1309, Torrazzo is older than the Landshut tower (completed in 1500) and the Bruges tower (completed in 1465), and it is the oldest brick structure taller than 100 m that is still standing. Built in four phases: a first dating back to the 1230s, up to the third dripstone, a second, between 1250 and 1267, up to the dripstone under the quadriphore, a third around 1284, and the completion of the marble spire in 1309. Its height is announced by a plaque embedded in the wall at the base of the Torrazzo itself, stating 250 arms and 2 ounces, which in the ancient measuring system of the Lombard towns translates to approximately 111 meters.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Statue of Liberty Souvenirs are all in the Family


The souvenir shop on Liberty Island is a third-generation family business.  Check out this fun article I discovered from 2009 in the Downtown Express, a newspaper in Manhattan.  How many of the Statue of Liberty souvenir pictured in this family photos to you own?  Here’s part of the article:   “The first private concession on Liberty Island for tourists opened in 1931 by the current owner’s Grandmother. Brad Hill’s father was born on the island. And Hill has spent more days in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty than he can count, especially since he joined his family’s concessions business full-time 28 years ago. But no matter how many times Hill, 53, has stood at the base of the Statue of Liberty looking up at the sea-green arm stretching skyward, the sight never gets old. “I’m not jaded at all,” Hill said as he walked the island’s breezy perimeter on a recent afternoon. “It’s still a special place to me.” Hill’s concession business, called Evelyn Hill, Inc. after his grandmother, has come a long way in the 78 years since it started as an outdoor table covered in small statue replicas and letter openers. Today, the 3.25 million people who visit the statue annually shop at Evelyn Hill’s indoor gift shop, stacked floor to ceiling with memorabilia, and eat in Evelyn Hill’s cafe, which serves T.G.I. Fridays-style food. Hill has put a green spin on his family business’s operations, diverting over 75 percent of the island’s trash into recycling.”  Of course today, they also have an online shop.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Wheeling Savings & Loan Association Souvenir Building Coin Bank by Rehberger


Wheeling Savings & Loan Association in Wheeling, West Virginia metal coin bank made by Rehbeger. I found a recent photo of the real building, below left, which was at 25 Eleventh St. in Wheeling, West Virginia. On the right of the below photo, is an advertisement for the bank which shows the same building. I have to assume the building was the first office for the bank.

I collect 3D metal souvenir building replica of architecture from around the world. If you have any to sell or trade, contact me via my email address in the “complete profile” link at the top right of this blog.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Paul Goldberger’s Souvenir Building Collection in the Wall Street Journal


Visiting (and the writer envying) the souvenir building collection of Paul Goldberger, the former architecture critic for The New Yorker and the New York Times and now the architecture critic and Joseph Urban professor of design at Parsons School of Design.

‘Crystal,' Lucite, Acrylic Souvenir Buildings



Building Collector reader, Ian G., wondered about buildings he sees these days that sellers claim are made of ‘crystal.’  To call clear synthetic plastic “Crystal” is not correct because it is not a type of fine glass. There is a difference between glass and crystal and most clear massed produced building replicas are neither. Glass crystal has a lead content of at least 24 percent whereas glass has no lead.  "When most people talk about bringing out the "crystal," they are often referring to a type of glass that is made from silica, lead oxide, soda or potash, and other additives. Lead crystal is prized for its durability and decorative properties, even if it does not necessarily possess a crystalline structure. It is referred to as crystal because, years ago, the Italian term "cristallo" was used to refer to Murano glass imitations. Lead crystal is the type that is most commonly used for wine glasses and other decorative ornaments around the home.”  Lucite, acrylic, and Plexiglas are transparent thermoplastic developed in 1928 and brought to market in 1933 as a substitute for glass. My guess is manufactures of these products are trying to add some cachet to them with the crystal name. They may be crystal clear, but that’s as far as the title goes in my opinion. Most seem to be made as awards or commemorative items. Sometimes manufactures add sheet metal (usually gold colored) to the clear plastic sides of a building to add detail. Other building replicas may be plates of beveled and etched glass glued together. If your looking for real glass, Swarovski Crystal makes an expensive replica of the Burj Al Arab.  Included here are some photos of so-called “crystal’ buildings being produced today. Have you seen others? What do you think of these building models and do you collect them?  I wrote previously about miniature buildings encased in lucite or acrylic in 2008 and again in 2014.

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