Friday, July 15, 2011

The Weekend In B&W- Tower of Stone

































                                      Man's tower rises
                              High into vast cloudless sky
                                   Reaching for unknown

This building is located in San Antonio, Texas and was build in 1931.  It was the first hospital to be a skyscraper.  When viewing the building from a certain angle, it creates the illusion that it is a 2 dimensional building.  I wasn't quite at the right spot when I took the top photo to get the 2D look, but I thought it was quite beautiful architecture.   The photo below is not mine, but it does show you the 2D illusion when you are looking at the building from the right angle.

26 comments:

missing moments said...

A hospital?? That's amazing!

Lois said...

When I saw the first picture, I thought this must be in Europe. Very interesting!

Gary said...

Interesting perspective!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

Amazing building and a great shot!

Wanda said...

Oh that is a cool shot...my goodness you were standing at the perfect place...

Jill said...

I also thought this was a building in Europe. Very interesting for a hospital.

Mona Sweden said...

In the first picture it looks like a castle in a fairytale. Excellent shot!

awarewriter said...

I like your version better Mickie. Nice shot.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is an impressive building.

Genie said...

This has to be one of the most unusual pieces of architecture I have ever seen and the idea that it is a hospital makes it even more interesting. I looks to have rooms on either side of a single hallway...narrow. Love the contrast of your photo with the other one. Genie

Margaret said...

What is the name of the hospital? We lived there for three years 1990-1993. Very beautiful.

lisa said...

I love the black and white!
Just wonderful.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Nice black and white photo.

Regards!

Angie said...

The top looks more like a wedding cake! Is it still a hospital or has someone turned it into an hotel?

CherryPie said...

It looks stunning in B&W

Mikko Tyllinen said...

wonderful pictures! Beautiful bildings!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love that building and know right where it is on the San Antonio river canal. We had a tour guide several years ago who said that he was born in that building.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Mickie, I've seen that ... your picture is fantastic, and I didn't know the history behind the building. Thank you! I love your header photo too; it is spectacular.

Hope you are having a great summer!

Kathy M.

Carola said...

Both photos are fantastic.

anemonen said...

Interesting perspective. Like it!

MyMaracas said...

That perspective shot is amazing, and the vignetting in the first one is perfect. It looks like something glimpsed in another world.

Roan said...

That is an architectural gem. Perfect in black & white.

TheChieftess said...

Wow!!! That's one narrow building!!! I'm always amazed when I see such skinny buildings!!! Very cool shot Micky!!

Margaret said...

Carol Burnett and Oliver North.. So cool.

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Fascinating, I might have to look into this one a bit more

Rebecca said...

Wow, that first building is incredible.