This souvenir building depicting the St. Michael Parish Church building located at 52 Smith St., in Elizabeth, N.J. has now been identified. The book, Monumental Miniatures, has this replica as number 1368 and the location was unidentified. Through some diligent web research, I was able to pinpoint the replica’s location. It stands 3 inches tall with a 3.5 by 1.5 inch base. Inscribed on the base are the dates, ‘1852 – 1952’ and I believe these date commemorate the establishment of the parish in 1852. The building structure itself, however, was not constructed until about 1872 and remains unchanged today. According to this website: “In 1852, about 25 German Catholic families in Elizabeth resolved to form their own parish. After worshiping in a rented room, the parishioners launched an intensive fundraising campaign. A plot of land on Smith Street, near Elizabeth Avenue, was purchased in 1853. A small, simple wooden church was the first permanent home of the fledgling parish-the first German Catholic parish in Union County. Father Albert von Schilgen, in 1870, became pastor of St. Michael Parish. Soon after his arrival, plans were developed for a new church. Land was purchased on the corner of East Jersey and Smith Streets. In all a little over two years, on the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, the new church was blessed.”
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
It’s that time of the year again…time to think about gifts for family and friends. I searched for some new items of interest to architectural fans.
Erase your troubles away with Design Ideas Eraser City New York - Set of 3 Buildings - White
This towering treat will satisfy your sweet tooth:
Empire State building,e, New York Empire State Building, Souvenir Gift, Solid Milk Chocolate, New York Landmark
Replica of a Polish Castle Handcrafted Marble 3D Building of Wawel Hill - Colored
New York City’s Gorgeous Replica of the Famous Saint Patrick's Cathedral
A stylish building pen & pencil holder: ARCHI Pencil Holder Classic Series Type 01
King Kong’s greatest movie role can now hold your kitchen roll: Kong Tower Kitchen Roll Holder - King Kong & Empire State
There are some holiday-related Downton Abbey / Highclere Castle replicas.
Check out other gift guides I wrote previously:
Monday, November 3, 2014
Today, 13 years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack destroyed the World Trade Center’s twin towers, the new One World Trade Center opened in New York City. Soaring 1,776 feet, it is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. A few replica’s of 1 World Trade Center are for sale including Metal Marvel 3d Laser Cut New York One World Trade Center Building Model Hobby and New York City Skyline Architecture Model Statue, Wooden Base, 4.5"and another one here. This collector was happy to find a souvenir replica of 1 World Trade Center.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
These large building replicas are made of ceramic and sit atop a rotating mechanism that also plays music. We want to call these music boxes, but they are not actually a box, so what do we call them? Music stand, musical base? Another version that I didn’t include here because it’s not architectural, is the Powell & Mason cable car music box which has a label from "EFCCO, San Fran, CA, Made in Japan." Thanks to Joe K., who sent me most of the photos here. Do you know of other buildings in this series?
National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
Seattle Space Needle on musical base
Grand Ole Opry, New Orleans, Louisiana
Harvey's Resort Hotel, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
My Old Kentucky Home plays a minstrel song by Stephen Foster
Pedro's sign at South of the Border, a tourist trap at the border of states North Carolina and South Carolina.
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN. Label on bottom reads, "Twitty City Gift Shop”
San Francisco trolley with famous “painted ladies” Victorian houses behind. Streetcar moves up hill by string marked 1980 Westland Co.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Tourist destinations are not always man-made architectural edifices. They can be natural stone features, which become monuments unto themselves. Islands, volcanoes, caves, caverns, waterfalls, mountains and entire mountain ranges can also attract visitors. Naturally, tourists want souvenirs to remember their visit. Born are what I call ‘Geological Souvenirs.’ These are miniature replicas of the monuments of nature. Rock formations that look like heads or bridges. The replicas of waterfalls or famous mountains are sometimes made of natural material, but can also be reproduced in metal.
The Rock of Gibraltar, the most famous rock in the world, owned by England on the southwestern tip of Spain. The vintage Prudential Insurance coin bank. The miniature Rock is made of metal with a bronze finish.
Rock of Gibraltar, Gibraltar Saving coin bank by Banthrico
Berthoud Pass in Colorado salt & pepper shakers
Twin Domes formation in Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico Coin Bank & Old Man in the Mountain souvenir
Koenig Otto Hoehle Cave metal souvenir replica
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Carlsbad Caverns set of S&P shakers
Devil’s Chair Interstate State Park in Minnesota souvenir & Rock-of-ages in Carlesbad
Devil’s Tower – two versions of the National Monument in Wyoming
Devil’s Tower set of ceramic salt and pepper shakers
Garden of the Gods in Pikes Peak, Colorado metal souvenir replica
INUKSHUK or stone landmark are found in Alaska and Greenland
Isle of Helgoland, located off the German coastline – replica of entire island made of metal. Top of souvenir shows all the houses, roads and cliffs of the Island. Measures 4.5 x 2.5 x 2 inches.
Long Anna rock on the Isle of Helgoland. Copper colored metal souvenir measures 4.5 x 2.5 x 2 inches.
Hawaii volcano ashtray made of lava
Inyo mono National Bank mountain souvenir metal Banthrico bank
Matterhorn metal souvenir replica
Mount Ranier metal souvenir paperweight
Mt. Baker in Washington State Mutual Savings plaster coin bank
Klagenfurt Mountain in Germany metal souvenir dated 1897
Palisades on the Hudson Trust Company Englewood, N.J. metal Banthrico bank
Great Serpent Mound in Ohio souvenir plaster replica
Diamond Head Crater in Hawaii metal souvenir replica
Badlands Window in Badlands National Park, S. D. painted ashtray
Table Mountain Cape Town South Africa. Plaster replica on wooden base
Mount St. Helen’s ceramic salt and pepper shaker set attempts to commemorate the eruption of the volcano in 1980. It is made partially of actual volcanic ash from the event
Mount Ararat souvenir of the dormant volcanic in Turkey
Vampire Peak Badlands, S.D. metal souvenir replica
Garden of the Gods in Pikes Peak, Colorado metal salt & pepper shaker set
White Mountain paperweight advertising White Mountain Refrigerators in Nashua New Hampshire. This embossed 3D cast iron paperweight advertising depicts a mountain range between the embossing on the top. The bottom is stamped "Manf'd only by Maine Manf'g Co. Nashua, N.H.". Measures approx. 4" wide x 2 1/2"
Natural Bridge in Virginia & Rainbow Bridge monuments depicted as metal souvenirs
Giants Causeway in Ireland. Souvenir’s base reads "From Giants Causeway" and measures 3 x 2 height is 2 1/4. Made out of some kind of stone or rock.
Stand Rock metal souvenir salt and pepper shakers. This rock formation is located in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Each reads "Stand Rock" on one side of each base and "Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin" on the other and measures 1.25" x 1.25" x 2.25" tall.
Wisconsin Dells metal souvenir replica
Formation at Yosemite National Park & Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park ashtray
American Falls in Niagara Falls, N.Y. metal souvenir
Plymouth Rock metal souvenir paperweight dated 1620. Plymouth Rock is the traditional site of disembarkation of William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony in 1620
|Unidentified mountain range|
|Balanced Rock in Colorado, left, and Pea Ridge Battlefield|
|Mt. Fuji, Japan metal S&P shakers|
|The Grand Canyon|