Rose Window at Loome
This bookstore in Stillwater, Minnesota specializes in “providing discerning readers with hard-to-find scholarly and classic Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and related books…” The panotour you see here will be serving as a memorial of sorts to the bookstore housed in an old church. The owners are moving the business to a new location in the late fall of 2012. The church building is located in the quaint town of Stillwater in the St. Croix River Valley just east of St. Paul, Minnesota. I feel very fortunate to have come across this bookstore before they moved. Quite a unique place. Hopefully, some day I will make it to their new location also.
The Church of Saint Agnes
This very beautiful church in the “FrogTown” area of Saint Paul, Minnesota is the home of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale. It is one of only a handful of Churches dedicated to maintaining the Catholic Church’s tradition of musical excellence in the context of the Sacred Liturgy. The Chorale presents a full season of choral Masses with orchestra by such composers as Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Herzogenberg. This church was founded by Austrian and Bavarian immigrants and is modeled on Kloster Schlaegel, a monastery church in Austria.
The American Sign Museum
I should say, the “new” American Sign Museum. Just recently moved into this larger space, they are better suited to grow and also to host special events. Several years ago I did a couple panos from the old space and I thought it would be appropriate to get a more comprehensive tour of the beautiful facility that they now have. This is a larger tour with 11 panoramic views and a few detail shots mixed in for good measure. I kept the panoramas at a higher resolution so that it is possible to zoom in bit to see more detail. This could cause the views to take a little longer to load depending on the connection speed you have. This is a very colorful place with lots of things to look at no matter which way you are facing.
John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge
This mini tour has 2 pano views, one from the top of each tower of the Roebling Suspension Bridge that connects Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky. The bridge was formally opened in 1867 and was the first bridge to cross the Ohio River between Ohio and Kentucky. This bridge was the “prototype” for the famous Brooklyn Bridge that John Roebling also designed.
North Tower Little Planet
South Tower Little Planet
Stone Arch Bridge
The Stone Arch Bridge is the only bridge of it’s kind along the Mississippi River. Having 23 arches, it is 2100 feet long and contains 100,000 tons of limestone and granite. It was built by railroad baron James J. Hill and completed in 1883. It was originally used as a railroad bridge and carried as many as 48 passenger trains into Minneapolis everyday. Now it is part of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail and used as a walking and bike path. It is significant historical landmark that forms an integral part of the redeveloped Minneapolis Riverfront. The bridge is just below St. Anthony Falls which is the birthplace of Minneapolis and was the only true waterfall on the Mississippi River.
St. Anthony Shrine, historic photo
The historic Chapel of the National Shrine of St. Anthony in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio was consecrated on Thanksgiving Day 1889, a little more than a year after the cornerstone was laid. This tour has several high resolution panoramas with numerous feature detail photos. There are also some historic photos showing the chapel with the paint decorating as applied by the artist Johann Schmitt. He was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis for over 35 years. Having an obvious devotion to St. Francis, Schmitt left a legacy of interesting paintings of St. Francis in several American churches. All the murals were painted over or removed in 1978.
Originally serving as a monastery and a house for novitiates, today the Shrine serves as the candidate house for those considering entering the Franciscan Order.
A special thanks to the staff of the Franciscan archives for allowing me to select some old photos to include in this tour.
The Schoenstatt Shrine, Waukesha, Wisconsin
The International Schoenstatt Retreat Center in Waukesha is also home to a Schoenstatt Shrine and The Province House of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary. This tour features the facility in a lovely mantel of winter weather. I have several detail views included so be sure to explore all the “hot spots.” Give the panoramas time to load as this tour is optimized for fast connections and big monitors. Click here or the picture above to start your visit.
Palm Court at The Hilton Cincinnati
The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel is a nice example of French Art-Deco architecture. Much of the decorative work was created in France several years before construction of the building and exhibited at the 1925 Exhibition of Decorative Art in Paris. The three panoramas included in this tour feature the Palm Court area which contain Orchids Restaurant and a Bar. Also the Grand Staircase featuring the Apollo Gallery and a beautiful chandelier. Painted on the ceiling is a compass-rose pointing due north an is surrounded by 24 gazelles representing the hours of the day.
Cincinnati City Hall, St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Plum Street Temple
Cincinnati City Hall, the government seat for the City of Cincinnati, is across 8th St. from St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, the spiritual seat for the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and that is across the street from the Plum Street Temple, one of the oldest synagogue buildings in the United States
Book of Lists
Carew Tower Observation Deck - Click image for virtual tour
For the 2012 Cincinnati Business Courier Book of Lists cover photo, I needed to create a high resolution photograph from the Carew Tower Observation Deck. This was a close approximation of the viewpoint I used for an earlier “tower pano” that I produced for my website. A higher resolution image was needed to accommodate the large format layout of the book. This year’s Book of Lists includes the top 25 Cincinnati Landmarks as determined from a survey the Business Courier conducted. The original panorama I produced from the observation deck is used here as a starting point to experience panoramas from some of those landmarks. These are from existing panoramas I had earlier created or from new ones made just for this tour. I do not have all the landmarks represented here, but will add to this tour as conditions and time allows. So check back on occasion to see new tours as they are added.
Procter and Gamble Headquarters
The Procter and Gamble Company, founded in 1837, was ranked by “Fortune” magazine in 2011 at 5th place in the “World’s Most Admired Companies” list. It manufactures a wide range of consumer goods in facilities around the world.
During a whirlwind 2 hours in downtown Chi-town, I managed to grab a couple of pano views including Pioneer Court and the much maligned and vandalized Marilyn Monroe statue.
The Emery Auditorium was the home for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra from 1912 until 1936 when they moved to Music Hall. The acoustics of the auditorium has been compared to Carnegie Hall in NYC by the famous conductor Leopold Stokowski. Many world famous performing artists have appeared here. The Emery has been neglected for many years but there is an effort currently underway to restore and renovate this great theater.
Basilica of St. Francis, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Catholic faith came to New Mexico with the Franciscans in 1598. The city of Santa Fe was founded in 1610 and the original church was built in that same year. This church was built in 1886. Of special interest is the La Conquistadora Chapel which is largely made from the remains of the church which was built in 1714 after the original building was destroyed in the Indian Revolt of 1680. It also contains a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary brought to Santa Fe in 1626.
16" Alvan Clark Telescope
The Cincinnati Observatory is known as the “Birthplace of American Astronomy.” The 12″ Merz and Mahler Telescope was the second largest telescope in the world when it became operational in 1845, it is still in use today. The Cincinnati Observatory was the United State’s first public observatory with the original building’s cornerstone being set by President John Quincy Adams in 1843.
View from the Bridge
This bridge affords a nice view of downtown Cincinnati from the Mt Adams neighborhood. You can see the large empty lot downtown where the Horseshoe Casino will be built.
Great American City
This panorama features the Great American Ballpark, home to the Cincinnati Reds baseball team and the Great American Tower building, I guess Cincinnati is a Great American city! Also, the US Bank Arena can be seen.
I have previously produced a panorama of this bridge but went back as it is a great subject to photograph. The reason was for a test of some new equipment to allow me to get some new interesting perspectives of my subjects. The test results are even better than I imagined and I am looking forward to further explorations with these techniques.
- Lots of Steps
Cincinnati, on the banks of the Ohio River, sets in a valley and is surrounded by hills. There are several sets of long stairways around town, some still maintained, a lot have disintegrated. These date from the earlier days of the city before car travel was practical. This was how people got up to the “new” neighborhoods up on the hills. Here is one of the longer sets, part maintained, part disintegrated. The bottom part is still maintained and has about 200 steps from W McMicken Ave up to Fairview Park Rd, across Fairview the steps used to continue up to Warner St. This set is now closed and decaying. See panos of both sets by clicking the image above.
The Whimsical Bellevue Pavilion
This is the Bellevue Pavilion standing on the former site of the opulent Bellevue House at the apex of one of the many inclines that once surrounded downtown Cincinnati. The interesting Pavilion, designed by R. Carl Freund and built in 1955, was host to many outdoor dances that were popular in the 1950′s.