Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mount Street

Building by James Trant Smith, Mount Street, City of Westminster, London
117-121 Mount Street / 1 Mt Street Mews
City of Westminster
London, October 2009

“Terrace of houses and flats with shops. 1886-7 by James Trant Smith. Red brick and lavish terracotta dressings, slate roofs. Ornate and eclectic exercise in Queen Anne and Flemish styles. Four storeys with dormered and gabled attics. Ground floor mostly original shop fronts with segmented arched display windows framed together with doorways by engaged decorated columns and pilasters supporting continuous entablature with iron cresting. Upper floors have 2 pairs of canted bay windows flanking central bowed oriel rising to shaped gable and at each end of block polygonal corner pavilions with domed attics - mullioned-transomed casements and sashes with glazing bars in architraves. Smaller gabled windows and elliptical arched dormers in roof. Moulded string and sill courses. The east corner pavilion has additional cast iron balconies and inset busts to each floor. Plain brick return elevations. Prominent chimney stacks. Part of the 1880s -90s rebuilding of Mount Street for the Grosvenor Estate.”
(117-121, Mount Street W1, British Listed Buildings)

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Tip of the Island

Pont de Bir-Hakeim, Bir-Hakeim bridge, Parigi
The northern tip of the Île aux Cygnes and the central arch of the Pont de Bir-Hakeim
With the statue “La France Renaissante” by Holger Wederkinch
Paris, July 2012

See also: La France Renaissante - Charging the Eiffel Tower

“The bridge, made of steel, is the second to have stood at the site. It was constructed between 1903 and 1905, replacing an earlier bridge that had been erected in 1878. An arch bridge, it is 237 metres (777 ft) long and 24.7 metres (81 ft) wide. The bridge has two levels: one for motor vehicles and pedestrians, and a viaduct above, through which passes Line 6 of the Paris Métro. The railway viaduct is supported by metal colonnades, except where it passes over the île aux Cygnes, where it rests on a masonry arch. Many commemorative plates decorate the viaduct bridge, including several dedicated to soldiers fallen in Belgium during the Second World War.”
(Pont de Bir-Hakeim, Wikipedia)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Milano 25

Taxi Milano 25, via dei Calzaiuoli, Florence
Taxi Milano 25, Via dei Calzaiuoli
Florence, October 2013

“Most Florentines have seen the taxi brimming with trinkets, toys and flowers. The driver of the most outrageous and child-friendly cab in town is Caterina Bellandi, aka Milano 25. When not working as a taxi driver in the city, she escorts sick children to and from Florence's Meyer hospital, free of charge. What started out as offering free rides to ill kids has completely changed her life. Hers is ‘a mission’, she says, ‘Decorating the taxi is like putting my heart on my sleeve; when I bring my kids to the hospital I want to share my pain and my joy with them ... the taxi is supposed to give them joy.’”
(The adventures of Milano 25, The Florentine)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

San Luca Evangelista

Church of San Luca Evangelista, St Luke the Evangelist, Fondamenta della Chiesa, San Marco, Venice
Church of San Luca Evangelista (St Luke the Evangelist)
Fondamenta della Chiesa, San Marco
Venice, September 2013

“Originally built before 1072 by the Dandolo and Pizzamano families, the present church dates from a rebuilding in the mid 16th century. The collapse of part of the façade in 1827 created an urgent need for more rebuilding in 1832, by Sebastiano Santi, with further major work in 1881. Tucked away just North of Campo Manin, opposite a long-disused cinema, it's orangey pink on the outside and not entirely fascinating on the inside. An aisleless nave with deep apsidal chapels, there is a worse-for-wear Veronese, The Virgin Appearing in Glory to Saint Luke, over the high altar and a Palma Giovane, of course.”
(San Luca, The Churches of Venice)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Colgate Clock

Colgate Clock, Jersey City, New Jersey
Seen from Battery Park City
New York, September 2007

“The current clock was built in 1924. It is considered the world's largest clock with a 50' diameter face, and a minute hand that is 25' long. The design was based on Colgate's Octagon Soap. The current Colgate Clock replaced an earlier clock designed by Colgate engineer Warren Day, which was constructed by the Seth Thomas Clock Company for the centennial of the Colgate Company in 1906. That clock had a face measuring 37 1/2 feet in diameter and covering an area of 1,104 square feet. It was installed on the roof of one of the Colgate factory buildings along with its sign that was about 20 feet high.”
(The big clock by the river, Hudson Reporter)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Comte de Rochambeau

Bronze statue of Jean-Baptiste de Rochambeau by Fernand Hamar, place Rochambeau, Paris
Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, 1902
(Copy of the statue by Fernand Hamar in Lafayette Park, Washington, D.C.)
Place Rochambeau, 16e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Our Lady in Trastevere

Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere (Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere), 1143
Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere
Rome, April 2013

“S. Maria in Trastevere was rebuilt in the XIIth century by Pope Innocent II, who belonged to a family of Trastevere; because his appointment was challenged by an antipope who resided in the Vatican, he wanted S. Maria to be a church which could withstand comparison with the great basilicas; it was designed having in mind S. Maria Maggiore and gigantic columns from Terme di Caracalla were employed; the apse was decorated with a large mosaic and a tall bell tower was built to the right of the church; in the following century also the façade was decorated with a mosaic.”
(S. Maria in Trastevere , A Rome Art Lover's Web Page)