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Veterans Memorial Plaza, Cheshire, CT

Veterans Memorial Plaza is located in front of Cheshire Town Hall at 84 South Main Street. It was created in 1990 to commemorate the men and women of Cheshire who served in the U.S. military from the Revolutionary War to the present. Also listed are several men who fought in the French and Indian War. A plaque honoring men and women who served since then or whose service had been previously overlooked was added in 2008. The tear-drop shaped granite sculpture, entitled "Paradox," was designed by Cheshire artist Jerry Lodynsky. Two plaques, dedicated to Revolutionary War veterans and World War I veterans are also here. 

Excerpted from: http://www.ct.gov/ctva/lib/ctva/digital/cheshireveterans_monuments.pdf

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2011 16:42

Elizabeth Arden (Aeolian) Building)

Aeolian Co., a leading manufacturer of roll-operated instruments.

Elizabeth Arden Building (formerly Aeolian Building) 689-691 Fifth Avenue (aka 1 East
54th Street), Manhattan. Built 1925-27; [Whitney] Warren & [Charles D.] Wetmore, architects; James Baird Construction Co., builder.

http://foundationsofamerica.com/Architects/Wetmore/aeolian-building-1927.pdf (2.3 megs)


Photo by Brule Laker

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:20

CBS Building. New York

CBS Building and its pink granite cladding ...



Rose Center Planetarium

Start your tour with the Space Show. Afterwards, follow the wondrous interactive Cosmic Pathway, which spirals around the sphere and down to the main level, chronicling the 15-billion-year evolution.
(The sphere itself is even used to create a point-of-reference scale that puts the universe into better perspective than the entire semester I spent in undergrad astronomy.) Other must-sees include the Big Bang Theater, which re-creates the theoretical birth of the universe; the Hall of the Universe, with its very own 151?2-ton meteorite; and the Hall of Planet Earth, which focuses on the geologic processes of our home planet (great volcano display!). You’ll need a minimum of 2 hours to fully explore the Rose Center.
The rest of the 4-square-block museum is nothing to sneeze at, either. Founded in 1869, it houses the world’s greatest natural science collection in a square-block group of buildings made of towers and turrets, pink granite and red brick—a mishmash of architectural styles, but overflowing with neo-Gothic charm. The diversity of the holdings is astounding: some 36 million specimens ranging from microscopic organisms to the world’s largest cut gem, the Brazilian Princess Topaz (21,005 carats). Rose Center aside, it would take you all day to see the entire museum, and then you still wouldn’t get to everything. If you don’t have a lot of time, you can see the best of the best on free highlights tours offered daily every hour at 15 minutes after the hour from 10:15am to 3:15pm. Audio Expeditions, high-tech audio tours that allow you to access narration in the order you choose, are also available to help you make sense of it all.


Lots more in Boston

16 Tremont Street. Boston.  Stony Creek Granite facing.

6 Tremont Street. The Bank of America building at the corner of Tremont and Court Streets is faced with polished Stony Creek Granite.

New buildings in the Marketplace are: One Faneuil Hall Square (housing Abercrombie & Fitch), Graham Gund Architects, 1988, faced with Stony Creek Granite;

125 Summer Street. A large complex incorporating the façades of several old commercial buildings at the base and a central new tower.  Stony Creek Granite is used in the new portions of the complex.

125 HIGH STREET. Built in 1991, this building was designed by the Boston firm Jung/Brannen.  This building is a fine example of modern thin granite cladding, probably attached to a steel truss backup.  The granite at the base is Deer Isle granite from Maine, and the balance of the building is Stony Creek Granite from Connecticut.  Note the effective use of contrasting polished and thermal finishes and false joints in single stone panels, giving decorative geometric designs and the appearance of several smaller stones.

75 STATE STREET -Across Kilby Street is Exchange Place. Exchange Place provides another example of façade preservation.  The granite on the old façade is Stony Creek Granite.




Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2011 15:41

Lighthouses in Maryland




Mentions many geodetic markers and Lighthouses.
Some research required


James A. Garfield Memorial

The James A Garfield Memorial in Cleveland, Ohio is the largest memorial to a U.S. President.
Images suggest that there could be a great deal of Stony Creek granite in this massive structure.

This excerpt from Google Books gives a smattering of background.


General Draper Monument, Milford, Mass.

General Draper Monument

The Equestrian Memorial is symbolical of ‘action’ and ‘service to country.’  In our great parks and public places there are many examples of remarkable bronze statues and groups mounted upon pedestals of Stony Creek and Milford Pink Granites.  The General Draper tribute, in Milford, Mass. Is a beautiful example  The pedestal is of Stony Creek granite.”


Stauffen Mausoleum, Woodlawn, NY

Stauffen Mausoleum, Woodlawn, NY
Made of Stony Creek granite, built by Dodds

The wonderful veining so evident in the polished surfaces of Stony Creek granite converts the plainness of the Stauffen design into a tribute of richest splendor.”

Open for further research!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 11:22

Hazeltine Mausoleum, Warren, PA

Hazeltine Mausoleum, Warren, PA
Built by Dodds - made of Stony Creek granite.


Carter Horsley

Carter Horsley writes for theNew York Times. His detailed descriptions of architecture may be helpful in your research of Stony Creek granite structures.
Google him in connection with any buildings in New York!

Phillips building 3 West 57th Street

"On the day of this auction, Phillips announced that it has signed a lease for a new "flagship" building, the 12-story, 60,000-square-foot, limestone-clad commercial building at 3 West 57th Street. The building, which for many years housed the Greenwich Savings Bank in its retail space, is wedged between two of New York's major landmarks, Bergdorf Goodman and the sleek, sloping skyscraper at 9 West 57th Street. The building was designed by Adolph Lanchen Muller and was erected in 1947 and has a pink granite, glass and metal entrancement and a double-height, column-free ground floor." -- Carter B. Horseley



1177 Avenue of the Americas

Pinnacle Award--two time winner, Operating (500,000 to 1 million sf)

After an auspicious beginning by Far Eastern developers, this lavish Post Modern-Deco granite tower was launched with much fanfare in the late 80's, came to an empty halt 3/4 finished, and then went on to completion, successful leasing and operating excellence. Financial difficulties and the discord between ownership entities were left behind and the tower just shy of 1 million square feet, twice claimed BOMA/NY honors for best operating building in its class. Featuring a dramatic, Machine-era designed crown and spire, numerous setbacks and fine detailing throughout, the tower of unpolished pink granite was sold in 2002, after winning its second Pinnacle award, to a Paramount Group-led consortium for a healthy $500 million.

Source: http://www.allbusiness.com/operations/facilities-commercial-real-estate/1187433-1.html#ixzz1bofjeDl9


Norcross Buildings in Worcester

Norcross was married in 1870, to Phoebe Ellen Sibley, of Salem, Mass.
Mrs. Norcross died in 1905. Their family consisted of two sons and three
daughters. Both sons died in infancy. On the 81st anniversary of his birth there
was dedicated to him, in the Worcester City Hall, a memorial given by citizens of
Worcester. This memorial is in the form of a bronze tablet, 6 ft. high by 4 ft.
wide, backed by a panel of his Stony Creek granite. In addition to a life-size
portrait in a bas-relief profile, the tablet bears this inscription :


1. Elwood Adams Block
2. The Old State Mutual Building
3. Worcester Five Cent Savings Bank
4. Commerce Building
5. Slater Building
6. City Hall
7. Worcester City Common
8. Glass Tower
9. Harrington Corner

10. Burnside Building
11. Mechanics Hall
12. Central Exchange
13. Wesley United Methodist Church
14. First Unitarian Church
15. Worcester County Courthouse
16. Boy's Club
17. The Worcester World War I Memorial
18. The Memorial Auditorium


Boston Exchange Building 1891

"Peabody and Stearns built the Boston Exchange Building in 1891, designing the main floor to be a replica of the old counting house that stood here for decades. In the 1980s developers sought to demolish the Exchange Building and replace it with a monster tower. Preservationists intervened but were able to save only a 60-foot L-shaped portion of the pink granite facade facing State and Kirby streets."


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2011 15:33

Memorial to General James A. Garfield, Fairmount Park

Memorial to General James A. Garfield, Fairmount Park
This memorial was built to Garfield's military career.
Sculpture by August St. Gaudens, Architecture by Stanford White,
contains Milford pink granite.

The main pedestal is four feet wide, three feet deep, and seventeen feet high, resting upon a base nine feet square, the
secondary base projecting to carry the emblematic figure. The main pedestal is flanked by four square Ionic pilasters.
The material is pink Milford granite, and the style of the pedestal is pure Greek.


US Coast Guard Memorial Arlington National Cemetery

US Coast Guard Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery

Architect George Howe and sculptor Gaston Lachaise
Built in 1928, this site appears to have a Stony Creek granite base.
Can anyone verify this?

See Wikipedia images.


Rathbone-Bacon Mausoleum, Woodlawn, NY

Rathbone-Bacon Mausoleum, Woodlawn, NY

"There are many opportunities for unique architectural expression in the modern Mausoleum. The Rathbone-Bacon is picturesque in the effective presentation of the contrasting surfaces of Stony Creek granite."


Stegman Mausoleum, Woodlawn. NY

 Erected in Woodlawn, N.Y. using Stony Creek Granite by Dodds Granite Co. 

"There is a ‘Monumental’ atmosphere about the classic lines of the Stegman Mausoleum.  Its art is enhanced by the contrasting surfaces of polished and hammered Stony Creek granite.”


Benedum Mausoleum

Benedum Mausoleum,
Homewood Cemetery, Pittsbugh, PA

Made of Stony Creek granite, built by Dodds
Benedum left estate of $100 million
, much left as endowment to University of West Virginia.

There is a good story here for anyone interested in investigating. Is there Stony Ceek granite at UWV?

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