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    My Favorite Leadville building:


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    Eureka Nevada:


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    That's really interesting work you are doing dagnabbit. I'm in Oregon, perhaps sometime I could come and see your work?

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    Default Architecture Examples in Nevada

    The Esmeralda County Court House in Goldfield while still ijn use is classic turn-of-the century structure. The Catholic Church in Virginia City is great Post-Civil War architecture. I might have a picture at home of the Rhyolite RR station from the 30's when it was a casino/bordello but a quick google of the net for Rhyolite Depot should get you numerous photographs, I just don't consider it a stunning example of western architecture, The old Las Vegas Depots (Both the first and the later Art Deco were more classic but sadly have been razed in the name of progress), or the East Ely and Caliente Depot (Now City of Caliente building) are far more impressive but they are 20th century construction. For Nevada, Austin, Eureka, Virginia City offer the best examples of 1860-1880s still habitable architecture. Pioche, Hamilton and Belmont have some good declining structures. Goldfield and Tonopah have good early 20th century examples.
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    Thanks for all your great responses, the church in the photo is the church of the sacred heart in Cataldo Idaho. Its The oldest building in Idaho and was built in 1865.The two buildings in leadville that Ace posted are certainly magnificent structutes that seem to be plentiful in that historic city, but lack a prominent front Facade since they are on corner lots and since my replicas hang on the wall I need a single plane. Also, larger structures tend to get faiirly large and heavy when I use ceramic and when building them in sections they tend to warp slightly in the kiln and dont match up nicely. Is the Tabor Opers house as big as those buildings?
    The Train station in Ryolite still intriges me, but I am concidering the large crumbling hotel there too. the only problem is that it might not be there for very much longer at the rate it is deteriorating.By the way ace how do you get your photo posts so large, I reduced my cataldo photo to the biggest KB that "manage attachments" would allow.
    Bob, the Presbyterian church in Virginia city Nev. is on my list of churches to do. Its plain,simple and elegant,although all of the churches in VC are nice. Also I would love to do the old courthouse in Belmont.I am including a photo from 1948 of the three building combo I am currently working on in VC.
    Geology monkey, where in Oregon are you?
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    The Tabor opera house is nearly as large as the Tabor Hotel but it has less frontage so it might work for you.

    I directly linked to those photos from my server, that is how they can be so large.

    I am in Bend.

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    Fantastic site there geo. monkey, I'll definately add it to my faves. Ah Bend thats such a flexible town (thats one of my favorite jokes) Pretty crummy snow year for us skiers. I love the pic of the opera house, its the best I've seen and I will use it for my replica when I start, although I have about three more to do first (that could take a couple years). thanks for the great info.

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    dagnabbit - how many buildings have you done so far?

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    GM; I started making replicas over 3 years ago after I made an old tenesee smokehouse birdhouse for a christmas present. It turned out really nice with its distressed cedar siding and shakes, and I thought gee I should try to duplicate this on a real building. I've always been a ghost town and western fronteir history buff so I figured that I would keep that theme.I grew up in Pennsylvania and worked for my dad in home construction so I was pretty good with plans and woodworking. My first replica was a church that I saw in the old standard Sunset ghost town book.It was a small church which was very simple and elegant so I drew up the plans (which still takes up nearly 50% of the time involved to create a piece) based on the standard size of the front door used to extrapolate all the other measurements. Nowdays I try to find the original plans or work from as many pictures as I can to find all the detail and small nuances of the bldg.The church,St Rose in French Gulch Ca.,turned out nice but I found out a year later that it had been burned down by arsonists in 1999. I really wanted to do my favorite building in Bodie next, but did'nt know how to recreate brickwork. I tried many different mediums with no success. But when I took a ceramics class at the local community college, I struck gold.I practiced with slab techniques and figured it out. Now when people see the work, they stare at it and try to figure out how I made all those tiny bricks and mortared them all together.The Dechambeau hotel and IOOF bldg. combo displayed the use of ceramics,wood, glass, and metal.In all my researching I noticed that churches are very appealing and I decided to try to build a church at least every other piece, so I did the most unique one I found, the church of the sacred heart in Cataldo Idaho.My confidence was high with ceramics, so next,and the replica I am now working on,is the very challenging three bldg combo in Virginia city Nevada which I posted a pic of in a prior post.I'm getting so confident with ceramics that I want to hold off on the churches and do more brick buildings.The next one will be the Mcully bldg./tablerock saloon combo in Jacksonville Ore.(you have a great pic of it on your website).The reason I want to do this one is because I have figured out how to make those big metal doors (and make them look like metal)with ceramics. After that , I am seriously looking at the Tabor opera house, then back to wood with the opera house in Elkhorn Mont.Iwould like to do at least one bldg from each state west of the Mississippi.
    Well sorry if I rambled on but thats how I got started and where I am at.

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    Hey, you're not rambling, I love to hear about it. You are now officially the only other person in Oregon that I am aware of that is interested in mining history.

    Keep up the good work.

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