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Bob Skolmen

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  1. How are your detective skills?

    W. P. Fuller & Company had an exhibit in the Homes and Gardens Building at the Golden Gate International Exposition. Their display featured paints, varnishes and glass. There's also a family connection. My dad, who attended the GGIE as boy, worked for W. P. Fuller in San Francisco and Portland from the late 1940s through the early 1950s.
  2. Legacy from 1939-40 NYWF

    I don't know the story behind the Freeport church, but the Christian Science congregation in Poway, CA considered the 1964-65 CS Pavilion to be a good investment. They got a beautiful ready-made building designed by a famous architect for far less than it would have cost to construct the same structure from scratch. The chairman of the NY committee responsible for building and operating the Pavilion was pleased that the structure would be reused after the Fair, particularly since this meant his committee wouldn't have to pay for the demolition and site restoration required by the NYWF Corporation. I would imagine the situation was similar in 1940.
  3. Legacy from 1939-40 NYWF

    That's a great picture, Doug! It appears as if the congregation only moved the lower portion of the building to Freeport, which is interesting.
  4. Legacy from 1939-40 NYWF

    I didn't go inside. From what I could see through the windows the legacy portion of the building seems to be used for offices and storage. The cornerstone could indicate the year of construction or the year the building was dedicated. Christian Science congregations don't dedicate a church until the building has been paid for in full.
  5. Legacy from 1939-40 NYWF

    I was surprised by the brick walls too, especially since the building originally seems to have had stucco walls. Closer examination revealed that the bricks are actually a veneer...what an architect would call "thin brick." Perhaps the congregation believed that brick walls were more suitable for a church than stucco. I don't know anything about constuction, but I would imagine that a brick veneer is probably more durable than stucco, too. Other changes include the raised basement and the added windows. The tall drum had been a windowless exhibit space at the fair; the windows added in Freeport were probably necessary for light and ventilation. The building had forced air ventilation at the fair, but it wasn't air conditioned. There's obviously air conditioning now.
  6. Legacy from 1939-40 NYWF

    Everyone knows that the Christian Science Pavilion from the 1964-65 NYWF was moved to California after the fair and demolished in 2006. I was surprised to learn that the Christian Science Building from the 1939-40 NYWF was also relocated. The circular building (designed by Philadelphia architect W. Pope Barney) was dismantled after the fair and transported to Freeport, Long Island, where it became a Christian Science church and reading room. Sixty-five years later the building still stands at the corner of Merrick and Elm. I saw it last week. Still recognizable, despite extensive remodeling, the structure now houses a dialysis center.
  7. Historical Question

    You are correct Randy; LBJ arrived at the fair in a helicopter: "The President made a dramatic first appearance at the fair when, almost an hour late, his olive drab Marine helicopter buzzed over the Singer Bowl during a speech by Indira Gandhi, daughter of Prime Minister Jawahalal Nehru of India." From an article in the NY Times, April 23, 164, p. 26.
  8. Color views of the 1939-40 Fair

    Trey: here's a color shot of the NCR cash register at Treasure Island. The picture is from "The San Francisco Fair: Treasure Island 1939-1940" edited by Patrica Carpenter and Paul Totah (San Francisco: Scottwall Associates, 1989).
  9. Mystery TV

    "The museum stood in a pool of water animated by gushing fountains. The pool was in turn delineated by a hexagonal walkway that spanned the water only at the hall's entrance. The sight and sound of strong water jets playing before the Hall of Sceince's undulating walls created exactly the feeling of excitement and festivity that Harrison associated with a fair." The quotation and picture are from Victoria Newhouse's book Wallace K. Harrison, Architect (Rizzoli, 1989) pages 238-238.
  10. Lucy photo?

    I found this in the New York Times from September 6, 1940: "Lucille Ball interrupted her per- sonal appearance tour with Mau- reen O'Hara for a brief visit here yesterday. She will culminate her stay on Monday, when whe will be a guest of honor at the World's Fair which has been designated as Lucille Ball Day..." Monday would have been September 9, 1940, so there were Lucille Ball Days at both Fairs.
  11. Former Christian Science Pavilion to be demolished

    Wonderful news, Gary! It's great that you were able to save part of the pavilion from obilvion. I just had the 35mm film from my Poway trip processed. The 35mm camera has a ultra wide-angle lens which was able to capture images my digital camera missed. Here are a few: The skylights on the pavilion roof. The central dome was originally a skylight, too. Shortly after the building was moved to California the dome was coated with a butyl rubber membrane to reduce solar heat and glare. Gary's skylight from inside the Sunday school. This skylight was originally on the roof of the small Reading Room building at the World's Fair. Last interior view. I snuck into the building while the workmen were eating lunch to snap one final picture.
  12. Former Christian Science Pavilion to be demolished

    The banner is beautiful Trey. Thanks for creating it.
  13. Former Christian Science Pavilion to be demolished

    Picture from day three. Debris pile. The work of clearing the site will continue until next week, but I must leave for home tomorrow and won't be here to see it.
  14. Former Christian Science Pavilion to be demolished

    I haven't seen it yet, but I've just been told that there's a story about the demolition in today's San Diego Union Tribune. It may only be in the north county edition...I don't know. You might be able to read the story on the Union Tribune's website. We spoke to a reporter on Tuesday and took her through the building. A photographer took pictures of the demolition yesterday, but we had no idea the story would appear so quickly.
  15. Former Christian Science Pavilion to be demolished

    Pictures from day two. Moving Gary's skylight off the roof. A second "Cat" arrives to speed up the work. Aluminum skylight frames set aside for recycling. The last skylight comes down.