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Visual Evidence


Photo 1: The Vanderbilt Mansion
under construction, 1895.
[Photo 1] with link to higher quality photo.
(National Park Service)

Construction of the mansion proceeded at a rapid pace, beginning with the steel framework, then the brick infill, and finally the Indiana limestone. The exterior of the house was completed by August 1898.

Questions for Photo 1

1. What can you learn about construction practices of the period from studying this photo?

2. What do you notice about the appearance of the craftsmen?

3. How does this photo help provide a sense of the mansion's scale?

* The photo on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a high quality version of Photo 1, but be aware that the file will take as much as 33 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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