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    Default Western Frontier architecture

    Hi folks, great site, Im a new member. Say, If I were to ask you what is the nicest building built in the mid to late 1800'ds for each state (west of the mississippi) in any historically significant town, what would they be? For example,Idaho-Cataldo mission near coure de laine. California-Deschambeau hotel/IOOF bldgs. in Bodie. The building has to show the effects of time,but still be in fairly good shape. The building should also be unique and have that certain air of western frontier.

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    Default more clarification needed,I soppose

    OK let me explain what I am after. I am a part time artist and ghost town fan, who creates half scale(1":24"or one inch =2 feet) replicas of historic western fronteir building facades.I use ceramics,wood, metal, and glass to create these pieces, and research as best I can to find whatever info(plans, old photos, etc.) i need. I have invested 3 -400 hours of work into some pieces . In keeping this theme, I am trying to create one building from each state that hopefully is the iconic "ghostown" building for that state.I have completed the Cataldo mission in Idaho, the Deschambeau hotel/IOOF bldg. combo in Bodie Ca., and am currently working on the three building combination of Knights of the Pithias/E clampus vitus/miners union hall in Virginia city Nevada.I have also done some small churches such as saint Rose catholic in French Gulch Ca.(unfortunately burned down by arsonists in 1999). So what I am looking for from you folks are suggestions of your favorite buildings as far as architecture that may someday hang in a museum as representative of The old Fronteir days. Thanks

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    The restored 1871 American Hotel in Cerro Gordo, California is very close to my heart. Check this link on my website for a picture of the hotel that goes with a story I wrote. If you are interested and want more info - just e-mail me. http://www.explorehistoricalif.com/august04.html
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    Thanks cecile it was great chatting with you at your wonderful website. Let me try this question for those intrested in this thread. Does anyone have a favorite building which shows wonderful or creative masonry work. It doesnt have to be elaborate,although I think that someday I would like to build something big and a little ornate like the Tabor Opera house in Leadville Co.,but simple and elegant like the rounded brick patterns on the tops of a couple of bldgs. in downtown Austin Nev.(sorry, I dont Know the names of those bldgs). I am just starting to get real good at my ceramic techniques for recreating brickwork. So If any of you have a favorite,I would like to research it and see if it is "do-able".Thanks

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    I thought I would post a sample of one of my replicas. Does anyone know what and where this is?

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    I did all everything that "manage attachments" on reply asked, but its not adding it to my post. what am I doing wrong?

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    OK I figured it out
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    Ya got me on that one. How about the Goldfield Hotel or one of the other buildings in Goldfield.
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    Or how about the Train station in Ryolite, Have you done that? Or... Although technicaly early 1900's The train station in Ely

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    I've only seen one old picture of the train station in ryolite and was very impressed. does anyone have one they are willing to share?

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