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Monday, September 18, 2017

Arcade Cast Iron Advertisement

I came across the ad for sale on Ebay - clipped from the pages of an old magazine!

To see the Arcade Toys that I have collected, click HERE

I also have an old promotional book from 1927 with characters based on the Arcade Toy line.  To see my post about it, click HERE 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Recent Acquistions

I have picked up a few items here and there including this die cast model of a 1937 Ford.  It is roughly 1" scale and I thought it might be fun to display in front of one of my 1930's  miniature houses.  It is very detailed, the doors and trunk both open and the wheels turn!

I came across a couple of these copper baking sets at a local antique mall.  I had not really heard of them before.   They are finely detailed miniatures from Germany by Bodo Hennig.  They are mostly copper with brass accents.

After doing some research, I found the large casserole dish on Ebay to add to my collection.  I will probably display them in my Victorian house.

I like how the molds come in a miniature wooden display rack.

I found these tiny boxes at an estate sale. The larger one is barely 1/2" tall.
The larger one appears to be petwer and the smaller one is silver.

They both open and the larger one has a magnetic lid and three tiny angels inside.  After doing some research I found the item online and it states that it is a prayer box and the angels represent Kindness, Love & Faith.

I found the Cover Girl make-up container in my wife's trash!  It has a nice mirror inside that I am going to try and salvage.  In other news, the door hardware has arrived for my cabin project.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Mid-Continent Tower Tulsa

The Mid-Continent Tower in Tulsa started out as the 16-story Cosden Building

From the leasing company's website:

"The Construction of a Historic Landmark At first glance, a visitor may not notice one of the most unique aspects of the Mid-Continent Tower; that it is, in fact, two distinct buildings. The 16-story Cosden Building was completed in 1918. The 36-story Mid-Continent Tower was completed in 1984...66 years later.

Because the original structure was not able to support the weight of an additional 20 floors, "cantilever" design was used to suspend the new Tower over the older building at the 15th floor level. The two structures do not actually touch one another. The Tower rises 21 stories above and extends 40 feet horizontally over the older 16-story building. Deeper and wider steel trusses in the construction of the 16th and 17th floors of the Tower and a 120' deep foundation carry the burden of the cantilevered floors.

In order to sustain continuity of the original Tudor Gothic design, more than 85,000 pieces of terra-cotta panels, spires, cornices and moldings were produced for the exterior façade. At the time of the Tower's construction, the only manufacturer of terra-cotta in the United States was located in Lincoln, California. Terra-cotta is fired, glazed clay material somewhat like a ceramic tile. Elaborately ornamental, each hand-crafted and hand-cast piece is a work of art.

Marble slabs to match the existing interior walls were carefully selected in integrating the two structures. Three different types of marble used in the Tower came from Italy. Calcutta Vagli Rosatta marble graces the walls and columns. A marble called Roman Travertine covers the walls of the rest rooms. The accents and trim are Verde Antique. Two colors of marble from Tennessee make up the lobby's floor - Craig Rose and Rose Gray."

Tulsa's first high rise building constructed in 1918 by oilman Joseph Cosden

There is a architectural model on display in the lobby of the 36 story skyscraper.

There is a display in the lower level that shows a cross section of the steel that was used to cantilever the next portion of the building over the old building.

The lobby in the newer section of they building is covered in the same marble that was used in the older existing building.  Stained glass was used extensively in the new addition to pay homage to the Neo-Gothic design of the project. There is a also a stained glass mural that was commissioned to show the Tulsa Skyline as it existed at that time. The Elevator Lobby ceiling also has a stained glass ceiling. 

Here is a view of the elevator lobby in the old part of the building and you can see how it connects to the new addition.  Both lobbies are covered in the same marble.

The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places 

From the street you can get a view of the intricate Terra-cotta tiles that cover the building.

To see my post about the Philtower (shown above, in the center with the pyramidal roof) click HERE

This front view shows the original Cosden Building on the right and the new addition on the left and cantilevered above.
The top three floors of the high rise were designed to be the executive office of Reading & Bates Corporation and are connected by a marble, wood and brass spiral staircase. 

The ceiling of the spiral staircase is adorned with a stained glass dome.  It has been described as being inside a large scale Louis B. Tiffany Lamp.

This last photo shows one of the drinking fountains inside the original section of the building at each elevator lobby.  They are carved into the marble walls and still work!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Philtower Tulsa

When the Philtower Building was completed in 1928, it was the tallest building in Oklahoma.  This unusual ornate Gothic Style skyscraper was designed with a polychromatic tile roof and was affectionately called "Queen of the Tulsa Skyline" during the roaring twenties and Tulsa's oil boom years. 

Below is a vintage postcard of the newly constructed building
The Philtower derived it's name from its owner Waite Phillips, who had his office on the top floor of the office building.  He later built the Philcade building across the street and lived there after he gave his mansion the Philbrook, to the city of Tulsa to be used as a museum.

Both the Villa Philbrook (his home) and the Philtower (his office building) were designed by architect Edward Buehler Delk.  To see my post about the Villa Philbrook click HERE

Here are some views from the street level

The building is adorned with several gargoyles, this one holding a building is one of my favorites

The Philtower lobby features floors, walls and ceilings of marble with accents of Honduran mahogany doors and trim.  The carved fan vault ceilings are one of its most striking features.  There are also large brass elevator doors and brass chandeliers done in a Gothic style.

One end of the lobby features a clock inscribed with the year it was complete (1928) and Waite Phillips initials in a small crest below.

The lobby also features a construction photo of the building

There is a marble stair case in the lobby that is adorned with Gothic arches.

The lobby also has on display, a few copies of the original architectural drawings and some of the building's history.

A local benefactor has recently restored Waite's penthouse office to it's original state.  The color picture on top is after the restoration, and the black & white photo below is of the original.

The basement of the Philtower features an underground tunnel to the Philcade across the street.  It is said that Waite used the tunnel to travel from his office to his penthouse home to avoid being kidnapped for ransom because of his wealth.

To see my post about the Philcade tower, click HERE

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cozy Cabin Back Door

I completed the back door to my cabin project. 

This was the template that I used for the door from a drawing that I did in AutoCAD.  I am still undecided on the number of divisions for the window.

Just like the front door, I started with a single piece of wood then cut out the window opening.

I added side and bottom rails to the door

Since this is a dutch door, I cut it in two

I scored the wood to make it look like more than one piece of wood and added some more trim pieces to help it relate to the design of the front door.

I used the template to cut smaller wood pieces for the window divisions

Here is the door with the first coat of stain

These are the side trim pieces

I used pins as the pivot hinges

  I used a rubber band to hold it in place while the glue dried.  I have ordered some hardware, and I will update when it arrives.


Here is video of the front and back doors to give a little context.

To see how I built the front door, click HERE  You can click the Cabin link below to see other posts related to the cabin.