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The View from the Top of the Carillon

Written By: der5er - Apr• 16•08

As part of my job, I inspect the work done by my technicians at cell sites.  From time to time, that part of my job takes me to places where I can get beautiful pictures from a vantage point that most Richmonders will never get.  Unfortunately, I never have a good camera with me. 

Now, travel with me and my cell phone camera to the top of the Carillon, and I’ll show you why I need to bring a real camera with me when I’m working. (on all the pictures below, you can click for full resolution)

Andre, one of our Engineers, who happens to be afraid of heights!
Jeff, another Engineer–he’s not afraid of heights.
The Nickel Bridge
The Nickel Bridge – More information at Wikipedia.
Downtown - Again
Downtown – Again
CSX Main Line Bridge
CSX Main Line Bridge – More information at Wikipedia.
The Bells
The Bells – hear them play here.
Along the same subject, one of my technicians frequently takes his camera with him.  Here’s a shot of down town Richmond that he got when I made him work nights recently:
Downtown from the Roof
Downtown from the Roof
I promise, next time I visit the Carillon, I’ll bring a real camera!

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  1. Harry says:

    Greetings, der5er:

    I’ve had an occasion to ascend to the top of the Carillon, and see his magnificent vista. Richmond’s leafiness is best appreciated from here.

    Don’t know if you noticed, but about halfway up the tower is an apartment where the park keeper once lived. Can you imagine? What a place to take a date. I think it’s all crowded now by cell phone and electronic communications relay equipment.

    The Carillon was designed by Ralph Adams Cram, the same architect who envisioned the University of Richmond campus — and Princeton.

    The General Assembly moved in 1924 to erect a memorial to Virginians who fought in World War I. A competition for designs caused, of course, a controversy. The original winners were Marcellus Wright and Paul Cret. They designed a kind of stark, Deco Heroic columned Hall of Honor with a brazier for a flame of memorial and a tomb for an unknown soldier.

    A movement sprung up to halt this construction and finally the money was pulled and work already completed was ripped down. A proposed reflection pond was never installed, which is the reason there’s that long, rectangular swale at the front of the park.

    (You can see the architectural rendering of his proposed monument at the Library of Virginia’s Never Built Virginia exhibit:

    The lower chambers of the Carillon contained a short-lived World War I museum.

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