Sunday, June 29, 2008

Reach for the sky - Part 3

Please visit the previous entries in Mixed Meters series on steeples, spires and other architectural attempts to stand erect: Reach For The Sky - Part 1 and Reach For The Sky - Part 2.

This installment is entitled Lighthouses of the Inland Valleys. So take a guess, where do you think this first lighthouse is located? The answer, obviously, is Burbank California, miles and miles from the nearest seagoing. It's part of some sort of self-storage building. I took this picture from Fry's Electronics parking lot.

Lighthouse on a self-storage business Burbank CA (c) David OckerThe next picture, showing a lighthouse with a fish weather vane, is on a private home in Pasadena. Maybe the original owners were homesick for the ocean.

Lighthouse with Fish Weathervane (c) David Ocker
Most interesting, however, is the lighthouse atop the Bank of the West building in the Playhouse district of Pasadena. It's eight stories high - much higher than any new building.

Here are some pictures I took from various perspectives. Any picture, clicked, will enlarge.

Pasadena CA lighthouse Bank of the West building (c) David Ocker
There appears to be an artichoke adorning the top.

Pasadena CA lighthouse Bank of the West building (c) David Ocker
Here is where someone named Mountain Lovers wrote this note:
This lighthouse is on top of the Bank of the West building in Pasadena, California. The building was the former home of the Independent Star-News, the newspaper of Pasadena. This structure was built in the early 1900's and the light was used up until the mid 60's. As a youngster, I remember seeing the light shining downtown. I grew up about 2 miles north of Downtown Pasadena. The building is on Colorado Blvd., the famed route of the Annual Tournament of Roses Parade viewed by million each New Years Day.

Pasadena CA lighthouse Bank of the West building (c) David Ocker
Pasadena CA lighthouse Bank of the West building (c) David Ocker
I'd love the chance to go up there and take some pictures looking the other direction. The view of the mountains and city is probably pretty darn good.

Pasadena CA lighthouse Bank of the West building (c) David OckerI've seen it lit up at night for some time. Alas, my little pocket point and shoot doesn't take pictures of bright objects very well during the nighttime. This is the best I could get.

Pasadena CA lighthouse at night Bank of the West building (c) David Ocker


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1 comment:

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Alas, an answer to my query .. not a terrarium