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Bismarck Monument, Hamburg, Germany
Photo by Wendy Darling

Dating to the same time period as the buildings and the fountain I posted, this Hamburg landmark dates to 1906. As you can see, it was looking pretty rough the day I visit (having see Bismarck’s head poking up from beyond the trees) but at least it’s not broken or anything.

From Wikipedia:

The Bismarck Monument (German: Bismarck-Denkmal) is a memorial sculpture located in the St. Pauli quarter of Hamburg dedicated to Otto von Bismarck. It is one of 250 memorials to Bismarck worldwide and is the largest and probably best-known of these Bismarck towers. The monument stands near the jetties of Hamburg port on the Elbhöhe, today a local recreation area. The architect was Johann Emil Schaudt; the sculptor was Hugo Lederer…

…The monument is approximately 35 m (115 ft) high, weighs 600 t (590 long tons; 660 short tons), and is the world’s largest Bismarck monument.

The base of the monument houses a complex painting showing the Black Sun image in Wewelsburg with a central piece incorporating a sunwheel and swastikas and the texts “Great questions will not be resolved by talk, but by iron and blood” (Ger: “Nicht durch Reden werden große Fragen entschieden, sondern durch Eisen und Blut”). The origin of this painting is unknown.

Designers created a large network of catacombs beneath the monument. During the years 1939 to 1940, they became an air-raid shelter offering protection for up to 650 people. The architect’s intent for the catacombs remain unknown however they, and the entire monument interior, are no longer accessible for safety reasons.

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North Dakota State Capitol, Bismarck, North Dakotaby danielsalas
Yay, another 1930s state capitol!
From the photographer:

North Dakota State Capitol, aka “the skyscraper on the prairie,” completed in Bismarck in 1934. There are a few of these lone art deco towers in various non-coastal cities (Baton Rouge comes to mind) and they’re awfully strange. The skyscraper made sense in space-starved Manhattan, where the form reached early perfection. New York’s depression-era skyscrapers oozed majesty and capitalistic dominance, so it’s no wonder that they became fashionable for use in such centers of backwater-power as this. But seeing the vertical force projection in such an empty place just seems absurd.

North Dakota State Capitol, Bismarck, North Dakota
by danielsalas

Yay, another 1930s state capitol!

From the photographer:

North Dakota State Capitol, aka “the skyscraper on the prairie,” completed in Bismarck in 1934. There are a few of these lone art deco towers in various non-coastal cities (Baton Rouge comes to mind) and they’re awfully strange. The skyscraper made sense in space-starved Manhattan, where the form reached early perfection. New York’s depression-era skyscrapers oozed majesty and capitalistic dominance, so it’s no wonder that they became fashionable for use in such centers of backwater-power as this. But seeing the vertical force projection in such an empty place just seems absurd.

(Source: savage-america)

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