Casa Blanca, New Mexico
Acoma Pueblo, built on
top of a giant, craggy mesa, is one of the oldest continuously occupied
settlements in the United States. Founded as early as A.D. 1100,
its location made it virtually impregnable in early times. The Mission
of San Estevan del Rey, built to the side of the pueblo ca. 1629-1642,
adds to the impressiveness of the site with its battered adobe walls
and bold silhouette; a near-perfect blend of Indian and Spanish
influences. The Acoma still use the pueblo and have considerable
interaction with neighboring non-Indians, yet maintain their identity
as a separate community with distinctive cultural systems.
Youngstown, New York
Photographer: Wayne Peters
Fort Niagara is located
on Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Niagara River. Its strategic
location made control of the fort important to French, British,
and Iroquois, as well as to the Americans during the Revolutionary
War, and after. Today, the fort is a New York State Historic Site
operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association.
2 more photos of Colonial
Niagara featured in the 2009 Planner:
For 76 years this was
the residence of James Madison (1751-1836), fourth President of
the United States (1809-1817). Madison was dubbed the “Father
of the Constitution” for his preeminent role in the Constitutional
Convention. He is buried here with his wife Dolley. The Montpelier
Foundation recently concluded a complete restoration of the mansion.
2 more photos of Montpelier
featured in the 2009 planner:
Photographer of brick archeology: Matthew Reeves
This mammoth Victorian
Gothic structure, built in 1878 from designs by Cincinnati architect,
Samuel Hannaford, included a central auditorium – the music
hall – and wings that contained industrial exhibition halls.
It was, in short, an early example of a civic center. The Music
Hall also illustrates the musical traditions of the 19th century
German-American Singing Festivals. Known for its extraordinary acoustics
and its lavish old world décor, the Music Hall serves as
home for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera,
as well as other local performing arts organizations.
Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Moloka'i Island, Hawaii
Photographer: Deb DiQuinzio
Kalaupapa was founded
in 1866 as a colony for the isolation of Hawaiians afflicted with
Hansen’s disease. The epidemic was a major health problem
for the islands between 1866 and the 1940s. During that time, wooden
residences, churches and auxiliary buildings were constructed to
accommodate the increasing numbers of sufferers. Various religious
groups provided aid, including most notably the Belgian priest Father
Joseph Damien, who eventually succumbed to the disease himself.
The site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 and
Kalaupapa National Historical Park was established in 1980 to preserve
and interpret the Kalaupapa Settlement for present and future generations.
Terminal and Chrysler Building
New York, New York
Two of New York’s
most beloved landmarks, each a monument to their own method of transportation,
come together in this image of Grand Central Terminal and the Chrysler
Building. One might imagine the wonderment of Mercury, Hercules
and Minerva perched on Grand Central as they gaze above to the top
of the Chrysler Building. Constructed during the first two decades
of the 20th century, Grand Central Terminal is a triumph of planning
and engineering. It remains a monument to American train travel.
The Chrysler Building, an extraordinary Art Moderne skyscraper designed
by William Van Alen, was built in 1928-1930 for Walter Chrysler,
who dedicated it to “world commerce and industry.” Until
the Empire State building was completed a few blocks away, the Chrysler
was for several months the world’s tallest building. Noted
for its machine age design and décor, it has gargoyles modeled
on winged radiator caps, emblematic of the automobile that was the
foundation of its builder’s fortune.
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