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Ionic Columns in Lincoln Nebraska?? Say Wha...?

Post by Charles Haacker » Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:23 pm

If these seem odd, well, they rather are. They were removed from the U.S. Treasury Building in D.C. in 1908, and gifted to the City of Lincoln in 1916 to honor William Jennings Bryan...?! :S e
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The four sandstone columns in this park entrance were quarried in Virginia and used in the construction of the Federal Treasury Building at Washington D.C. on a site selected by President Jackson in 1836. Between these columns President Lincoln stood to review the troops during the Civil War. When in 1907 the Treasury Building was remodeled, these drum columns were purchased by Cotter T. Bride of Washington D.C. and in 1916 presented to the City of Lincoln.
The fact that Lincoln himself stood with these columns to review troops made sense to me. Give them to the City of Lincoln because of Lincoln, Yes? So what in the world did William Jennings Bryan have to do with it? Strange. Very strange. Bryan was a Democrat and a Populist! Born and raised in Illinois, Bryan moved to Nebraska in the 1880s and served two terms in the House before making an unsuccessful run for the Senate in 1894. One of four mansions built for him still stands as a museum in Lincoln. He stood three times for president for the Democrats and (most historians agree) would have been a disaster as president.

Anyway the Columns are a destination and a photo op... (?)
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Post by Psjunkie » Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:39 pm

Interesting history Chuck, thanks for sharing.......of the group the first is my favorite..well done.

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Post by PietFrancke » Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:49 am

ironic work nicely presented.

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Post by minniev » Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:20 am

Great collection and a great story! These would be nice in monochrome, especially sepia toned, as well. The first and the last two are my favorites. Nicely done from all the varying angles.

I ran into a display like this in Ontario, and was told by several folks that it was called a Folly. The columns and doors ways and towers had been brought in from the burned Parliament building, from a torn-down bank, from a ruined Abbey in England. So I don’t really think your columns or my Ontario stuff are a Folly. They weren’t constructed but simply moved to new homes. Their purposes, though, were similar - decorative rather than true ruins.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:42 pm

Psjunkie wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:39 pm
Interesting history Chuck, thanks for sharing.......of the group the first is my favorite..well done.
Thank you, Frank. I like that one a lot too.
PietFrancke wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:49 am
ironic work nicely presented.
Thanks Piet!
minniev wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:20 am
Great collection and a great story! These would be nice in monochrome, especially sepia toned, as well. The first and the last two are my favorites. Nicely done from all the varying angles.

I ran into a display like this in Ontario, and was told by several folks that it was called a Folly. The columns and doors ways and towers had been brought in from the burned Parliament building, from a torn-down bank, from a ruined Abbey in England. So I don’t really think your columns or my Ontario stuff are a Folly. They weren’t constructed but simply moved to new homes. Their purposes, though, were similar - decorative rather than true ruins.
Thanks, Min. I don't see them as "folly" either. I like the idea of "ruins" in unexpected places. Growing up in Noo Yawk Sitee we lived just below Fort Tryon Park. There is a museum of medieval art there called The Cloisters, built from four medieval European cloisters disassembled and reassembled in the park. They were not ruins but they are very very old. My mother used to walk me up there in my stroller (!!) in the days when all the great museums were free (!!) so I practically grew up there. There is a steep admission now as it's part of the Metropolitan but it's worth a visit.
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Post by St3v3M » Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:34 pm

I love history like this, and it's presentation. You'd do well as a documentary photographer! S-
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