ca. 1860s, [carte de visite, outdoor view of Methodist church, Denver, Colorado]
Albumen print, Carte-de-visite, mid 1860s With “Methodist Church / Denver, Colorado” written in pencil in a later hand, mount verso.
The first Methodist Episcopal Church was built in Denver in 1860. With the coming of the Civil War the church was left almost empty, and the property was sold in 1862. Sometime after that, a neighbor church, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, then called “St. John’s Church in the Wilderness”, was erected at 14th and Lawrence. The image here probably shows that church.
ca. 1893, [stereograph from the Ferris Wheel], H. H. Bennett
Stereoview through a Ferris wheel at the Chicago World’s Fair. The sensation of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago was the Ferris wheel, the creation of George Washington Gale Ferris, a bridge builder from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The wheel stood 26 stories high and was intended to rival the Eiffel Tower, the centerpiece of the 1889 Paris Expo. For fifty cents, a passenger got two revolutions—first a stop-and-go circuit as people were loaded and unloaded, then a majestic, non-stop revolution.
The wheel was re-erected in St. Louis for the Louisiana Purchase Expo of 1904. It was finally destroyed by a monster charge of dynamite.
McKim, Meade, & White at the behest of Alexander Cassat, original Pennsylvania Station, (built 1910, rebuilt ~1963)
"If ever a man was a “rogue architect,” to use the amiable phrase of H. S. Goodhart-Rendel, surely it was Frank Furness, who gave us some of the brawniest and most aggressive buildings of the Victorian era. The roguishness is everywhere: in the muscularity of his brooding and belligerent banks; in his strangely agitated tombs; even in objects that are normally sedate, such as fireplaces and furniture…"