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.
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.
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, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
St. Mark’s Church in Cincinnati, Ohio was recently shut down and the community merged with a few other small parish communities at another location. It is currently being utilized by a group that hopes to be able to restore the church for use as a dedicated parish centered on the traditional latin liturgy. Click on the above image to take a virtual tour through St. Mark’s Church via 10 different interactive panoramas.
Here are several 360 panoramas from the long abandoned “Reformed Church.” Lots of texture and clutter here!
This is a beautiful Basilica located in Covington, Kentucky that I produced a 360 VR panorama of several years ago. I recently went back and did a full blown 360 interactive tour this time. Click the image above to visit the tour page.
This beautiful Basilica in Milwaukee is worth a visit, meanwhile take a virtual tour to see it for yourself.
I was recently inspired to produce a “tower pano” from the top of the Carew Tower in Cincinnati. The Carew Tower is the only skyscraper in Cincinnati that has an observation deck that is open to the public. The deck is actually on the top of the building with unobstructed views in all directions. Most 360around panos are taken from one viewpoint, this one was from 8 different viewpoints on the observation deck. The most effective “tower panos” are taken on buildings with straight sides so that there is a view straight down to the ground. The end result appears that you are floating high above the building when viewing the pano. The Carew Tower has numerous set backs so that there is no view straight to the ground with the resulting view appearing not quite so high above the building. Another issue is the close proximity of other tall buildings close to the Carew Tower. The creates serious parallax problems when stitching together the images from the different viewpoints, in fact this was one of the more laborious panos I have created necessitating various retouching techniques to get it all to come together. It was a nice creative and technical challenge and I feel that the end result was worth the effort.
Union Terminal was originally built as a railroad terminal and opened in 1933. It now houses the Museum Center. The rotunda of this architecturally significant building features the largest half-dome in the western hemishere, 180 feet wide and 106 feet high. Be sure to visit the Little Planets page to see the interesting projections of these two images.
Here is a series of panoramas taken deep underground in the lagering cellars that have become popular to visit during the annual Bockfest in Cincinnati by taking the Prohibition Resistance Tour.
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