Saturday, March 10, 2007

Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt - "Architecture"

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Slater Memorial Museum


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For this week's theme of architecture I have chosen the most prominent building on the campus of the Norwich Free Academy, where Amanda attends ninth grade. This building is the Slater Memorial Museum which houses not only the school's auditorium but also a museum and art gallery.

The building is named for John Fox Slater, a successful Norwich businessman and donor of the largest gift made to education in his day; the establishment of a $1-million fund "for the education of freed men" in 1882.

In 1884, the son of John Fox, William Slater, expressed an interest in finding a way to honor his distinguished father. It was suggested that a building for The Norwich Free Academy would be a tribute to his father's far-sighted gift of philanthropy, and to that end Mr. Slater provided $100,000 for its construction. The building was designed in the Richardsonian-Romanesque style by Worcester architect Stephen Earle.

"Meanwhile, the Academy's third principal, Dr. Robert Porter Keep, a noted Greek scholar, suggested the idea of creating a collection of plaster casts of some of the world's greatest sculptures for the new museum. On March 23, 1887, Edwin Robinson, then in charge of the classical collections for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, accepted Dr. Keep's offer to select, purchase and install a collection of Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek, Roman and Italian Renaissance casts in the museum. Robinson went on to become Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and now, more than 100 years later, the Slater cast collection is one of the three largest remaining in the United States." **

The Slater Memorial Museum is truly one of Norwich's finest buildings and is quite majestic during all seasons. Maybe one of these days I'll actually go to the museum part; Amanda tells me it's very interesting!

** excerpt from the Norwich Free Academy Museum/History


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68 comments:

  1. That is very unique. So, are there stairs that wind up that tall turret? I wonder what the rooms look like up there? Interesting.

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  2. How wonderful to go to a school with a building like that.

    Thanks for visiting!

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  3. beautiful! thanks for giving us a backgrounder too. mine's up! ;)

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  4. Anonymous2:55 AM EST

    That is a pretty cool looking building. :) My photo is up

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  5. What a striking building! What building material did they use that makes it so red? My daughter's school mostly has portable classrooms, nothing as beautiful as that, unfortunately :)

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  6. WOW! i love the red...it totally jumps out at me...very nice architecture!

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  7. Very interesting ! at first I was a little confused because I thought you were talking about Norwich UK !

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  8. Anonymous3:58 AM EST

    You have stunning architecture right in your own area. Yes, it's nice to travel abroad and see some of the old stuff but sometimes the places near to you are just as wonderful. Thanks for stopping by too.

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  9. That's a very nice building to have in a campus, definitely stands out. thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend.

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  10. Lovely building. I like the tower! Thanks for sharing the history of the building.

    Thanks for visiting!

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  11. Anonymous5:03 AM EST

    that's beautiful!

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  12. Looks very interesting.

    Good day!

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  13. Very pretty structure! I love brick buildings.

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  14. Anonymous7:02 AM EST

    Wow - what a gorgeous building!! Hey - you are in Connecticut. I was born and raised in Bridgeport - lived there until 1999 when I moved to Paris.

    Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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  15. Oh Wow, it is impressive. I'm getting quite a tour this week. Lovely brick building. Very unique.

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  16. My 9th grade school didn't have anything remotely as beautiful as that building! Very impressive. Thanks!

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  17. Beautiful! What a lovely red brick building. Very cool that it's still part of the school!

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  18. Good choice, with a fine story.

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  19. An impressive donation for the 1880's, looks like it went to good use and has been taken very good care of. great post.

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  20. That is a very impressive building, enjoyed reading about it!
    Would love to see inside :)

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  21. Nice building and well taken.
    Thanks for the visit.

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  22. that is a lovely building...and thanks for the history of it...makes the picture that much more enjoyable...

    Happy hunting...

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  23. First and foremost - Now that's an eye catching red right there.
    Great picture.
    :)

    H/H
    Happy Hunting

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  24. SO it's the Big red school house?! Very cool looking building!

    Happy Saturday!

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  25. Your daughter attends school here? What a beautiful campus! My girls homeschool but our local schools look nothing like this. Every where you look there are mobile buildings because our area is growing so rapidly!

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  26. Wow, that's a lovely and eye catching building. Thanks for sharing interesting details about it.

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  27. Anonymous10:18 AM EST

    Indeed a wonderful building. I love museums a lot. I just haven't been at one for a while. I wish we had some nice buildings like that -- all is 'modern' here...

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  28. Hi Linda, good to be home. That is one impressive building, good choice.

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  29. I stopped by bestest blog and saw your award, congrats, i am still waiting on my banner......

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  30. That's a beautiful old building!

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  31. How awesome is it to have a museum and an art gallery in your school! Mine's up!

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  32. This is a great picture.
    It looks very much like a building in Cincinnati, called "the tannery" because one of its incarnations was a leather-tanning factory.
    I think it's a school now, too.
    Thanks for the comment at It's A Blog Eat Blog World, I appreciate it!
    cheers,
    mo

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  33. quite an interesting building!

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  34. For those who have asked - the building is simply a red sort of stone, not exactly sure what it is but it does make for one very attractive building regardless of the season!

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  35. Pretty funny that you haven't been to the museum part yet. What a lovely place for your daughter to go to school.

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  36. oh i love this building! thanks...

    smiles, bee

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  37. What an impressive building!

    Thanks for stopping by mine :)

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  38. I love that kinsd of architecture, beautiful stuff! 8)

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  39. Anonymous1:41 PM EST

    What a distinctive building!

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  40. what a beautiful building and history! Thanks for stopping by!

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  41. Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. wow, this one look like the houses I posted. Except the houses are in Phoenix Arizona where that type of architecture is not common. Love the pictue, hard to believe it's a school.

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  43. Now that is an impressive bit of architecture. You are fortunate to be able to see it regularly.

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  44. I had to click on it to look closer. That brick is really red! Go see that museum while you have a chance---don't let the time pass you by!

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  45. What a remarkable school! and I really enjoyed reading the history too! Thanks for visiting my photo today!

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  46. What a wonderful building. I'm glad I don't go to school there. I'd miss class for staring at the buildings.

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  47. Anonymous5:48 PM EST

    Wow, what an unusual building - look at that tower! I love it. And that red bricks! Wonderful really.

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  48. Anonymous6:06 PM EST

    Beautiful color on that building! Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my site!

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  49. Oh I knew that was Connecticut as soon as the photo began loading! There is something I can't put my finger on about it that yells it out to me! I love it! I've always meant to go inside the museum, too, but never have.

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  50. What a great shot and a terrific choice for The Hunt this week. Appreciate the history behind such an amazing building. How nice that your daughter goes to school in the midst of such a fantastic place.

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  51. Anonymous7:14 PM EST

    A beautiful building!

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  52. After visiting so many Photo Hunters today, it makes you realize how many brilliant architects there have been and still are in this world! Fabulous building you showed us today!! I have a thing for turrets, what a delightful addition to the museum building!

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  53. Anonymous7:31 PM EST

    Since I'm originally from New England, I wasn't surprised this was in Conn. Gorgeous building with lots of charm. I'm sure the campus is very picturesque. Really enjoyed this photo and thanks for visiting my place.

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  54. That is a fantastic building. I can't imagine seeing anything that gorgeous around here. What a treasure to go to a school with a rich history.

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  55. Great building. Thanks for sharing the story. Happy weekend.

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  56. That's such an interesting building. I like all of the windows dotted all over the place, and the vibrant color. Thanks for sharing!

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  57. Very nice photo! Thanks for sharing it.

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  58. Wow, that is a beautiful piece of architecture! Very lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. Anonymous12:06 AM EST

    Boy, that sure is a red building! It really stands out!

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  60. thank you, what a beautiful building and you sharing the background amazing. Thanks again.

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  61. This is so beautiful. Impressive photograph, Linda.

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  62. Anonymous10:36 AM EDT

    Shame, shame on me. It has just dawned on me that I do not have you linked up from my site.

    My bad. Taking care of that now.

    :)

    Have a great day, Linda.

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  63. I do not know what is up with the BBOD banner, Miss Bee made me one.

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  64. Anonymous11:00 PM EDT

    A beautiful building built for a beautiful purpose.
    Thanks for sharing & visiting my SPH
    Take care,
    Frances

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  65. What an amazing building! And fabulous history - thanks for sharing!

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  66. What a beautiful building!
    thanks for your visit :)

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  67. Wonderful picture - I confess I´m a bit jealous comparing it to the school I went to =)

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