Victoria Tower in London

Photo of Victoria Tower in London, England
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Victoria Tower in London, England
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This is the less-well-known, but still stunningly intricate second tower of the Houses of Parliament. It is 336-feet tall and houses the Parliament's archives. The other Parliament tower, the Clock Tower, is recognized around the world as a symbol of England and London, but this structure is no less majestic in its presentation, especially on a foggy morning.

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    > Over the years there has been historical debate over who designed the Houses of Parliament and the clock tower commonly known as Big Ben. Charles Barry began the design, but then hired Augustus Pugin to complete it. Pugin, himself, has been quoted as giving Barry the credit for the better half og the work.
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  As a boy I was so impressed by a National Geographic that had 'fold out' page of top to bottom view of the House of Lords and the great Throne Chair and canopy of reticulated gilded and polycromed tracery. And yes, Her Majesty presiding in court attire. My Mother carefully took it out of the magazine and tacked it up apon my bedroom wall, along with Philadelphia City Hall tower and 'Woodmont' mansion near our home at Conshohocken. 'Woodmont' is a Victorian french gothic pile designed by William Price in the most exquisite playful asimitry of picturesque collisions of strap roof lines, tall tall chiminee stacks and carved limestone tracery and spires everywhere. I William Price's library was found all Pugin's tomes of Fidelity to Beauty. I myself have all Pugin's books; all found at Philadelphia in the 1980's, as I'd spend my busboy and waiter moneys to begin my collection of paintings and books, church plate and stained glass fragments. Philadelphia is a City of Rilics recalling her love affair in the 19th century with Brittish Isles. Before Willet Studio's were Clayton and Bell artglass in countless churches. And they'rec all still standing and thriving. Our own Big Ben given the City of Philadelphia by the Wanamaker's rings it's low 'D' on the hour everyday. It was forged in England and delivered via the 'Aquatania' to NYC and then trained to Philadelphia perched on a flatbed car. The 'Founder's'Bell as it's called. 16' dia.x13'highAll the beautiful gothic revival churches and mansions and trainstations and post offices are can trace their line to AWN. I have Named him St. Agustine the Less.Thankyou, David Bell of (now) LosAngeles.

David Jonathan Bell - Saturday, February 4th, 2012 @ 7:36am  

  

kandel - Thursday, September 16th, 2004 @ 12:10pm  

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