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Ornate Philadelphia
30-DEC-2009

Ornate Philadelphia

The Merchants Exchange, designed by William Strickland in 1831, is the oldest stock exchange building in the United States.
During President Andrew Jacksons first term in office, Philadelphia, along with the rest of America, was in the midst of an economic boom, and the building was a hub for financial and commercial activities.
An 1831 local newspaper piece declared, "Philadelphia is truly the Athens of America."
How apropos then, that Strickland based the Exchange's tower on the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens.

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Jola Dziubinska06-Jan-2010 01:27
Great detail, beautiful photo.
Maaike Huizer05-Jan-2010 09:02
A beautiful ornament. Works very well in B&W.
Fay Stout04-Jan-2010 22:08
Very ornate stonework there...
Dawn B04-Jan-2010 21:36
This is very ornate and the angle and processing really suit it!
Ronald Bijtenhoorn04-Jan-2010 18:27
Very nice ornament; well captured
Sheila04-Jan-2010 11:58
I love the architecture from this period. Excellent shot, Stephanie.
claude04-Jan-2010 10:49
nice architectural shot ! V
Yvonne04-Jan-2010 10:25
Beautifully carved ornamental trimming & a fine angled capture!
Mieke WA Minkjan04-Jan-2010 06:22
an excellent pov
Carl and Racine Erland04-Jan-2010 05:36
Great architecture...works wonderfully with the monochrome theme...nice shot.
Nancy Good04-Jan-2010 02:45
You're doing some great architectural work, Steph! Bravo.
Jim Stone04-Jan-2010 02:35
Back when ornamentation was valued on public buildings, unlike these days...nicely shot
J. Scott Coile04-Jan-2010 02:35
What a great architectural detail.
Mary Terry04-Jan-2010 02:07
Nice close-up of this wonderful architecture.
Walter O. Koenig04-Jan-2010 01:56
Very nice architectural detail shot. great range of gray tones.
maggie_falconi04-Jan-2010 00:58
Wonderful detail and an excellent point of view. It looks great in B&W.
Cindi Smith04-Jan-2010 00:36
Love the pov! Love the carvings. Beautiful composition as well! Ace job here!
Kirkby03-Jan-2010 23:21
What a building! Great photo
carol j. phipps03-Jan-2010 23:14
Wonderful architecture in Philadelphia; love the Rodin museum there.
Michael Shpuntov03-Jan-2010 23:12
Great image. Strong lines, wonderful light and composition.
Matylda Lempel-Chareza Photography03-Jan-2010 23:11
nice one
Available Light Images03-Jan-2010 22:51
I am very much enjoying the journey around Philly. Very enjoyable architectural abstract...good details and thoughtful processing...
Doug Cruden03-Jan-2010 22:41
Oh yes, I like this! Another super pic from your odyssey round downtown Philly! There's a bit of the ammonites about this architectural piece....I do like this though, it's really pleasing on the eyes!
Ieke Vonk03-Jan-2010 21:58
Love the detai(s)!
Stewart Mitchell03-Jan-2010 21:29
Super architectural detail and well rendered :)
Phillip Normanton03-Jan-2010 21:22
What a geometric little corner you discovered - would have been great last month too! :o)
Ed McConnell03-Jan-2010 21:06
well seen and shot Steph.
Ilana gil03-Jan-2010 20:33
I love the combination of the round lines with the broken lines in the picture.
Bernard Davis03-Jan-2010 19:58
Looks really well in b&W. Nice shot.
Kathryn03-Jan-2010 19:54
It's that wonderful building again Steph.
Great capture.
Barbara Heide03-Jan-2010 19:53
nice composition!
Guest 03-Jan-2010 19:44
this is fantastic, really really like this, composition with the two circles is great, V
Frank Brault03-Jan-2010 19:35
Nice find.
Roby03-Jan-2010 19:25
great composition an bw Steph, BV !! :-)
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