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Ames Monument, Wyoming

Just a quickie post for the new year, I’m hitting the road again shortly.

This is architect H.H. Richardson’s lone structure in the American West, located midway between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming. Completed in 1882, it features Richardson’s rugged stonework and bas-reliefs of the Ames brothers of Union Pacific Railroad fame, done by the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. It’s an isolated structure, visible for miles around, on a treeless, windswept plateau near the highest elevation point of the railroad, 8250 ft (2515 m), and within earshot of I-80. Of course it doesn’t have the detail or planning of his buildings, but is a rare collaboration between America’s greatest 19th century architect and greatest 19th century sculptor.

Bas-relief detail.

Bas-relief detail.

Ames Monument, about as close to the sky as you can get.

Ames Monument, about as close to the sky as you can get.

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Bagley Memorial Fountain, Detroit

This is one of Detroit’s little gems, and H.H. Richardson’s only work in Michigan. Since its completion in 1887, it’s wandered from place to place downtown. Now it’s nicely restored, cleaned up, and sits in the middle of Cadillac Square, a few hundred feet east of Campus Martius. The carvings are exquisite, with a delicacy in contrast to Richardson’s rather muscular structures elsewhere. Too bad it’s a dry fountain, hopefully the water will be turned on at some point.

Bagley Memorial Fountain

Fountainheads (replaced the stolen originals). Note the different color of the stone.