Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Four Columns Three Places

In a recent post I referenced the disappearance of post offices on English high streets.  Here in Locke Park there are four columns which come from the original post office in Barnsley.  So the dismantling of post offices has been going on for a while.

It put me in mind of four columns above Interstate 5 in Seattle.  They came from Plymouth Congregational Church in downtown when it was rebuilt after an earthquake.

(before and after)

And these four columns from the original University of Washington portico
Washington Territorial University, 1861 at what is now 4th and University Streets downtown Seattle.  Hand-fluted cedar columns moved to the UW's current location, erected in 191l.  Moved again when it was determined their design was not in keeping with the collegiate Gothic of the UW's quad buildings, so in 1920:

"To resolve the conflict, Carl F. Gould, then head of the architecture department and unofficial campus architect, organized a student design competition for the relocation of the columns. Sophomore Marshall W. Gill, son of Seattle Mayor Hiram Gill, won first prize for his design incorporating the columns into a Sylvan Theater. In the spring of 1921, under the watchful eyes of an alumni committee from the Class of 1911, the columns finally found a permanent home in Sylvan Grove."  UW Office of Ceremonies.

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