Post by neferetus on Sept 23, 2004 13:43:16 GMT -5
Here's an interesting overview of the Alamo compound painted by Herb Mott for the 1960 book "The Birth Of Texas" by William Weber Johnson. Notice how the church is moved waaaaay forward...just like the movie! (Here the resemblance ends.)
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Post by neferetus on Sept 23, 2004 17:48:20 GMT -5
can someone tell me what the black stuff is on the alamo facade?
The porous limestone is absorbing the water. Left unattended, mould sets in that will eventually cause the stone to crumble. If not for heavy waterproofing, the Alamo facade would look the same way.
Compare the Waynamo facade (above) to the 2001 facelift on the actual Alamo facade (As seen on this site's banner.) The real Alamo looks just about like a new church, while the Waynamo limestone looks practically black. Personally, all the weathering and stains only added to the building's charm. But then, the Daughters Of The Republic of Texas are only trying to preserve the Shrine for future generations to visit.
(P.S. Hey Bromhead, you must have visited the Alamo before the restoration. Your photos of the place look wonderfully aged.)
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Post by Bromhead24 on Sept 23, 2004 18:41:47 GMT -5
(P.S. Hey Bromhead, you must have visited the Alamo before the restoration. Your photos of the place look wonderfully aged.) [/quote]
Those photo's were taken about 1990 when i was stationed in Del Rio. I visited "Alamo Village" just about every weekend during the season and the real Alamo only about a dozen or so times.. I have more photo's somewhere and i'll post them if and when i find them..
Post by Bromhead24 on Sept 24, 2004 19:45:25 GMT -5
Of all the times i visited the Alamo, i can't remember seeing any battle damage on the facade, except for maybe the two concrete patches on either side of the door. Do any photo's exist? Also do any photo's of the low barracks exist. I know it was torn down in the 1860's so there might be a photo.
Post by neferetus on Sept 26, 2004 11:36:31 GMT -5
Photobuckets is going haywire; only the last of your photos (the statue niche) seem to be appearing on my screen. I'm glad that you submitted this last photo however, as it saves me the trouble of submitting my own version of it. As to tell-tale battle damage on the facade, if you look at the base of the niche, there's a nice pock out of the stone, almost as though it was removed with an ice-cream scooper. This indentation, I have it from a reliable source, suggests the impact of a four pounder cannon ball.
That chapel interior postcard, looking towards the front doors is amazing, Bromhead. Where do you find such unusual Alamo postcards? While I have some pretty nice ones dating back to 1904, most of them seem to be dead-on shots of the facade, or else with no people in them.
Interesting shot of the San Fernando church. You generally do not see it from that angle in all the postcard, or 'photo opportunity' shots. Also, great, cloudy sky over the chapel interior shot. You picked a good day to be in Brackettville. Doesn't even appear all that hot!