When you roam around the squares, ramble the streets and lanes in the historic and Victorian Districts in Savannah, the color, size, texture and charm of so many doors invite you to stop on the sidewalk and take a closer look.
More than 40 percent of the buildings and homes found in Savannah, Georgia have architectural or historical significance. The restoration of these structures is often undertaken by passionate individuals in strict accordance with the rules and regulations put forth by the Savannah Historic Foundation. Restoration of historic buildings has thrived here especially since the addition of the Savannah College of Art and Design in the late 1970s.
Opened on January 2, 1906, City Hall is the first building constructed by the citizens of Savannah expressly and exclusively to serve as the seat of municipal government. A spectacular architectural masterpiece, City Hall features a domed roof that rises 70 feet into the air. It was originally made in copper but was gilded in 1987 with sheets of 23-karat gold leaf.
Considered by the North Carolina Department of Archives and History to possess the “finest Queen Anne interior styling in the entire state,” the Harper House of Hickory also has a restored landscape, including period gardens. Several notable families have occupied the Harper House. The Harper Family was the last of seven families to occupy the Shuler-Harper House, as some locals still refer to it.
The architecture of Corinth Reformed Church, Hickory, North Carolina is reminiscent of a fine European cathedral. The exterior of the building is of gray Georgia granite with Indiana limestone trim. The spire is of extruded and structural aluminum rising 164 ft. 6 in. from the terrace floor at the entrance. The belfry below the spire is built up of carved and molded limestone tracery, giving a lacy and ethereal feeling to the church tower. The main entrance is of limestone having carvings similar to those found on French Gothic churches.
Sunset casts a golden glow in a beautifully designed hotel in Savannah, Georgia
The stone for the BAPS Temple in Atlanta, Georgia was shipped piece by piece from India, where craftsmen had sculptured it into more than 500 designs including rosettes, leaves, feathers and lacy geometric patterns. The thousands of sections, ranging from five ounces to five tons, each with its own bar code, have been assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle based on instructions for religious buildings written into scripture thousands of years old.
A peacock sculpture welcomes visitors to the BAPS Temple in Atlanta, Georgia. Peacocks symbolize grace, pride, and beauty. They are a sign of joy for all who see them. Peacocks are often used in Indian mythology and folk stories.
Open to one and all, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, in Atlanta, Georgia) was inaugurated in August of 2007 after only 17 months of construction time utilizing 1.3 million volunteer hours. The Mandir is comprised of three types of stone (Turkish Limestone, Italian marble, and Indian pink sandstone). More than 34,000 individual pieces were carved by hand in India, shipped to the USA and assembled like a giant 3-D puzzle.
The random growth of tree branches offers quite a contrast against architectural symmetry
Symmetrical lines on a color coordinated building in Savannah, Georgia
Vivid reflections of commercial buildings in a pond ……
From the beauty of nature in images posted last week to man-made artistry. A building with symmetrical lines …….
Colorful street shops and items for sale add vibrancy to an old building in Gujarat, India
The Faculty of Arts (at Maharaja Sayjirao University, Vadodara, India) building is known for its Gumbaz (The Dome) which has been modeled on the ‘Gol Gumbaz’ of Bijapur, and has often been rated as the finest dome for Educational Institutions in India.
On the top at Golconda Fort, Hyderabad, Ibrahim Mosque was built by Ibrahim the son of Quli Qutb Shah. The mosque has now been ruined but still two minarets can be found along with three entrances adjacent to each other.
The old stonework of Golconda Fort, Hyderabad is in stark contrast to the unidentified white building that stands out.
Golconda Fort – this impressive hilltop fort, located 11 kilometers from the Hyderabad city center, has imposing ramparts and gates. Originally a mud fort built by the Kakatiyas, it was transformed into an imposing citadel during the 16th and 17th centuries by the Qutub Shahi dynasty.
Since the time it was built 1518, Golconda Fort has been the pride of Hyderabad. Famous for its impenetrable structure, the fort is considered as a hallmark of excellence in military architecture. Golconda Fort is one of the grandest forts in India.