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April 2002 Issue
Compiled by
Bruce Gventer

What follows is a random assortment of art and antiques related websites that we have visited and enjoyed in the last few weeks. Your discoveries and suggestions are always welcome. Send them to bgventer@bcn.net

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Virtual Tour
http://www.stfx.ca/people/lstanley/History/walktour.htm

A Virtual Tour of the Architectural Heritage of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, is a class project presented by Professor L. Stanley-Blackwell of St. Francis Xavier University.

The class, "A Cultural and Intellectual History of Canada," explored changing fashions, forms and components of Antigonish's architectural history. Examples of Antigonish's architectural heritage are presented very well.

The class also explored the history behind the people who lived and worked in these buildings.

Mechanical Banks
http://mechanicalbanks.org/

Mechanical Bank Collectors of America is a non-profit organization; in order to join you have to own five original old mechanical banks.

Take a peak at the animated mechanical bank section to see these treasures in motion.

Their public scrapbook has the equivalent or over 2,500 81⁄2" x 11" pages covering antique mechanical banks and the history of bank collecting. This is quite an impressive knowledge base.

 

Architectural Styles in Vermont
http://www.uvm.edu/~vhnet/histarch/haas.html

Historic architectural styles in Vermont are shown. The eight most prevalent architectural styles found in Vermont are, Federal, French Second Empire, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival, Italianate, and Bungalow.

The buildings that you see as you travel through the state are examples of vernacular architecture, incorporating an individualís ideas into a particular style. "The mixture of the vernacular and high style examples across the state enhances the overall character of Vermont's historic architecture. It is important to remember the hundreds and thousands of buildings, which may not all be high style examples, are indeed historic. The countless Federal, Greek Revival, and Gothic Revival style structures that form so many villages and town centers around our state, should not be forgotten."

Kitchen Design
http://www.kitchens.com/

Time to remodel and design your kitchen? Need recommendations about design elements? Then check out this web site. Lots of suggestions with pictures for things like cabinet doors, for example, noting which cabinet doors to use in a Cape Cod, or a Dutch Colonial, etc. All of these styles are illustrated - Cape Cod, Farmhouse, Dutch Colonial, Saltbox, Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Eastlake, Queen Anne, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Craftsman, Foursquare, Prairie, Art Deco, and Modern.

Each of their featured kitchen articles offers well-presented tips. The photographs of the kitchens show the finished rooms. Be sure to try designing your kitchen in your own home's style in cyberspace. This service is worth putting up with the annoying pop-up windows.

Preserve It
http://www.preservationdirectory.com

This is a new site that is a research tool for historic and cultural resource preservation. Need a list of preservation organizations in your state Click on the state you want and the organizations for that state are listed.

The best part is their directory of Links - over 700 links in 78 categories. They hope to be a useful source for preservation offering a very nice photo database of historic regions, structures of classic Americana. They list upcoming preservation events, conferences and seminars.

Know Your Terms
http://www.stfx.ca/people/lstanley/History/glossary.htm

 Clicking on this link will take you to the 1916 map of the town of Antigosh. You can move the map east or west to view different parts of town. Clicking on one of the buildings in town will bring up a photograph of that building. The descriptions include information about each building's architecture and links to definitions of architectural terms used. So take the tour.

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