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S… Saint Louis
Continental-Life Building, Saint Louis, MissouriPhoto by Bill Badzo
GREAT black and white image. 
Another image, same building, same artist (click here for large):

Building notes, from Flickr:

The Continental-Life Building, also known as the Continental Building, is an Art Deco skyscraper in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, which was completed in 1930. 
Commissioned by Edward Mays to be the home of his two businesses, Continental-Life Insurance and the Grand National Bank, the building was designed by William B. Ittner, a prominent St. Louis architect. It housed businesses through the mid-1960s, when its co-owners included St. Louis mayor Alfonso J. Cervantes, prominent St. Louis defense attorney Morris Shenker, and Harold Koplar of KPLR. At some point in the 1970s the building fell into disrepair.
After a few false starts in the late 1990s, St. Louis developers Pete Rothschild and Stephen Trampe took on the project, renovating the building into apartments. It reopened in 2001. The building has a connected three-story parking garage, which is used by both residents and patrons of the nearby Fox Theatre. The top of the parking garage holds an outdoor pool for residents’ use.
Architectural elements from the building were collected over time by the St. Louis Building Arts Foundation and returned to the building in the Stephen Trampe renovation.

S… Saint Louis

Continental-Life Building, Saint Louis, Missouri
Photo by Bill Badzo

GREAT black and white image. 

Another image, same building, same artist (click here for large):

Building notes, from Flickr:

The Continental-Life Building, also known as the Continental Building, is an Art Deco skyscraper in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, which was completed in 1930. 

Commissioned by Edward Mays to be the home of his two businesses, Continental-Life Insurance and the Grand National Bank, the building was designed by William B. Ittner, a prominent St. Louis architect. It housed businesses through the mid-1960s, when its co-owners included St. Louis mayor Alfonso J. Cervantes, prominent St. Louis defense attorney Morris Shenker, and Harold Koplar of KPLR. At some point in the 1970s the building fell into disrepair.

After a few false starts in the late 1990s, St. Louis developers Pete Rothschild and Stephen Trampe took on the project, renovating the building into apartments. It reopened in 2001. The building has a connected three-story parking garage, which is used by both residents and patrons of the nearby Fox Theatre. The top of the parking garage holds an outdoor pool for residents’ use.

Architectural elements from the building were collected over time by the St. Louis Building Arts Foundation and returned to the building in the Stephen Trampe renovation.

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Common Council Chambers, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
Part of the half-circle of wall where paintings of former city mayors are displayed. The wall is acoustic tile and adds to the chamber’s excellent acoustics.
From the City’s web site:

The Council Chamber is probably one of the finest Chambers of its kind in the country. The woodwork is inlaid with American Walnut. The Chamber can seat 383 people. The room is acoustically treated making the room perfect in the way of sound, even without a microphone.

Common Council Chambers, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

Part of the half-circle of wall where paintings of former city mayors are displayed. The wall is acoustic tile and adds to the chamber’s excellent acoustics.

From the City’s web site:

The Council Chamber is probably one of the finest Chambers of its kind in the country. The woodwork is inlaid with American Walnut. The Chamber can seat 383 people. The room is acoustically treated making the room perfect in the way of sound, even without a microphone.

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Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
And now to put together the pieces of the frieze, a sort of a triptych. (Click high-res link to get a lot larger.)
From the Buffalo Arts Commission survey:

"The nine groups of figures located above the building’s main entrance emblem Buffalo. Depicted from left to right are three electricians and dynamo, two chemists and equipment, two iron/steel workers and riveted metal, two men with books and documents, a crowned figure on a thrown flanked by various symbols, a married couple with child, two dockworkers and gear, two scholars and books, and a locomotive engineer, ship captain, and aviator."

Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

And now to put together the pieces of the frieze, a sort of a triptych. (Click high-res link to get a lot larger.)

From the Buffalo Arts Commission survey:

"The nine groups of figures located above the building’s main entrance emblem Buffalo. Depicted from left to right are three electricians and dynamo, two chemists and equipment, two iron/steel workers and riveted metal, two men with books and documents, a crowned figure on a thrown flanked by various symbols, a married couple with child, two dockworkers and gear, two scholars and books, and a locomotive engineer, ship captain, and aviator."

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Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
Night shot taken from Niagara Square, the eight-sided park that stands before City Hall and at the center of the city’s elegant, 18th century wheel-and-spokes street grid. There’s a lovely fountain at the center, capped with an obelisk dedicated to the memory of President William McKinley, who was shot dead in Buffalo. Meanwhle, don’t you expect to see the Bat Signal up there in the night sky? Or maybe some monorails, a la Metropolis?

Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

Night shot taken from Niagara Square, the eight-sided park that stands before City Hall and at the center of the city’s elegant, 18th century wheel-and-spokes street grid. There’s a lovely fountain at the center, capped with an obelisk dedicated to the memory of President William McKinley, who was shot dead in Buffalo. Meanwhle, don’t you expect to see the Bat Signal up there in the night sky? Or maybe some monorails, a la Metropolis?

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Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
I caught my first real glimpse of the building on a Sunday night, after going to the opening of the conference I was in town for and then an evening mixer at Pearl Street. I was walking down the street and then… this. And believe me, once you see this, you can’t just keep walking. I found that throughout the week, any time I walked by, I had to go down Court Street.
Shot with iPhone, edited with Snapseed.

Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

I caught my first real glimpse of the building on a Sunday night, after going to the opening of the conference I was in town for and then an evening mixer at Pearl Street. I was walking down the street and then… this. And believe me, once you see this, you can’t just keep walking. I found that throughout the week, any time I walked by, I had to go down Court Street.

Shot with iPhone, edited with Snapseed.

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I love this photo and the entire Empire State Building series to pieces. What I don’t like is how often I see this image used to make memes or posted uncredited online. Glad somebody here on Tumblr has done it right! -Wendy
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NAME: Lewis HineOCCUPATION: PhotographerBIRTH DATE: September 26, 1874DEATH DATE: November 03, 1940PLACE OF BIRTH: Oshkosh, WisconsinPLACE OF DEATH: Hasting-on-Hudson, New York
Best Known For:  Lewis Hines was a photographer known for his documentation of exploited child workers and government projects.
In 1904, Lewis Hine photographed immigrants at Ellis Island and the tenements and sweatshops where they lived and worked. In 1911 he was hired by the National Child Labor Committee to record child labor conditions, and he produced appalling pictures of exploited children. In WWI he worked as a photographer with the Red Cross and later photographed the construction of the Empire State Building.
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I love this photo and the entire Empire State Building series to pieces. What I don’t like is how often I see this image used to make memes or posted uncredited online. Glad somebody here on Tumblr has done it right! -Wendy

waspandpear:

NAME: Lewis Hine
OCCUPATION: Photographer
BIRTH DATE: September 26, 1874
DEATH DATE: November 03, 1940
PLACE OF BIRTH: Oshkosh, Wisconsin
PLACE OF DEATH: Hasting-on-Hudson, New York

Best Known For:  Lewis Hines was a photographer known for his documentation of exploited child workers and government projects.

In 1904, Lewis Hine photographed immigrants at Ellis Island and the tenements and sweatshops where they lived and worked. In 1911 he was hired by the National Child Labor Committee to record child labor conditions, and he produced appalling pictures of exploited children. In WWI he worked as a photographer with the Red Cross and later photographed the construction of the Empire State Building.

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