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Images of creations by Gary Istok

These creations have all been built by Gary. The descriptions are by him as well. Please note that these images are Gary's property and you should not copy them without his permission. You can mail him at gistok "at" xyyyy.zzz (replace xyyyy with umich and zzz with edu) if you'd like to ask permission.

At the bottom are DejaNews references to some posts Gary did about classic windows..

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Gary's Acropolis Contest Entry

The first six images were received by me in mid and late October are are of Gary's Acropolis Contest entry. See RTL for more detail.

Note that Erik Wilson has announced the winners. Surf here to see them.

Gary's Acropolis Contest Entry

Gary's Acropolis Contest Entry

Gary's Acropolis Contest Entry

Gary's Acropolis Contest Entry

Gary's Acropolis Contest Entry

Gary's Acropolis Contest Entry

And now, the story behind the pictures:

"LEGO Museum of Art" entry in Erik Wilson's Acropolis Contest by Gary Istok.

Following are excerpts from a visit to the museum by the famous British Archeologist Sir Flinders Petrie in 1894:

"The LEGO Museum of Art was built in the 1830's by Karl Friedrich Schinkel,master of the German Neoclassic style. It houses 54 galleries on 2 floors.

The main entrance of Doric columns complements the 4 recessed "classic" doors that lead visitors into the Grand Vestibule. Just off this vestibule is the Great Hall, whose severly classical marble interior is lit by 42 clerestory windows. On either side of the great hall are the gallery entrances. The rear entry to the building has a triple barrel vault entranceway reminiscent of the Baths of Marcus Aurelius in Rome. A Porte Cochere (coach entryway) was planned but never implemented, due to the untimely death of Schinkel soon after the completion of the museum in 1841.

The gabled roof of the Great Hall is reminiscent of the Berlin Schauspielhaus (Concert Hall), an earlier classical Schinkel work. The classic frieze in grey, red and white marble banding unifies the various components of the entire composition into a harmoniously sculpted ensemble.

In the center of each Gallery wing is a Cupola, whose windows allow light to flood the galleries of the interior. Flanking both Museum entrances are Beaux Art ornate lamp posts added in the 1890's that complement the original building."

Schinkel's earlier masterpiece, the Berlin Schauspielhaus can be seen at a German site.

Gary's other work

The following images were sent to me by Gary in mid September.

Large Red Gothic Cathedral

Gothic Cathedral - Designed in a German Gothic style. The silhouette is reminiscent of Cologne Cathedral. The 3 aisled basilica has a nave of 4 bays, and a choir of 3 bays, with 1 bay in each transept. There is a crossing tower with a forest of pinnacles, like English Cathedrals. The aisle and clerestory windows contain all clear bricks. (Note: due to running short of bricks, I had to use hundreds of now rare 1x1 clear round bricks from the 1960's.) This Cathedral was destroyed in 1996 to be used as parts on the larger new cathedral (with a nave of 9 bays, a choir of 6 bays, and 3 bays in each transept) which will be finished in October 1998. The old Cathedral used about 8,000 bricks, the new Cathedral will have over 20,000.

Gary's Cathedral

Gary's Cathedral

NEW cathedral

The following were sent in late October ... Gary's text:

The 20,000 piece new Cathedral is still under construction. The Choir, Crossing, and both Transepts have been completed, as has the Lady's Chapel at the extreme eastern end of the Cathedral. The nave has a few more bays under construction, and the Western Front has been undergoing many changes. The North Tower is nearing completion, while the Great West Window just recently received its' glass. The twin South Tower is finished up to the 2nd story. The triple porch is also completed. A late change will be to add a gallery around the base of the top story of the towers.

Gary's NEW Cathedral

Gary's NEW Cathedral

Town Plan sets, several buildings

Buildings from the town. In the background are 2 tall office buildings. The 18 story red topped one on the left is my "Miami Beach 1932 Hotel", the one on the right is a 21 story office building. Between them is a yellow late renaissance German Guild Hall. In the center is my white Neo-Classic Museum, with a white portico'ed entrance. (This building will be my entry for the Acropolis Contest). To the immediate right of the museum is my tallest building, 25 story "One Shell Plaza", in an Art Deco Style of the 1920's, that uses embossed (not stickers) Shell emblems as part of the architectural embellishments. Below the museum (on the left) is my neo-gothic Fire Station. On the right is my City Hall in the Beaux Arts style.

Gary's Big Pile of stuff

City Hall

The City Hall was built in a turn of the century style. The tower is reminiscent of the Philadelphia City Hall tower. There is a columned portico entrance (in black columns), and 4 corner pavillions. This model uses 2,000 pieces.

Gary's City Hall

One Shell Plaza and Lego Town Center

The following were sent by Gary in late October 1998

Gary's words:

One Shell Plaza:

This Art Deco building is built in the exuberant style of the last quarter of the 1920's. It has Deco details at ground level (arched entrances) as well as the cornices at each of the buildings setbacks. Its top is reminiscent of the Empire State Building in New York.

Lego Town Center:

This symmetrical building emulates the shape of the 1930's Nebraska and Louisiana State Capitols, as well as the Los Angeles City Hall. It has a Southwestern Pueblo Deco look to it in the 4 corner pavillions. Its 24 story central tower has a spire that looks a lot like New York's (Wall St.) 40 Wall Tower and 60 Wall Tower.

Gary's Town Towers

Gary's Town Towers

Scandinavian Castle

The Late Renaissance Scandanavian Castle. This is a residential castle that I'm calling Kristiansenborg Castle. There is a large courtyard in the middle of the castle. It is a 4 towered version of a 2 tower castle that is displayed in "LEGO International Building Idea Book #1" from 1960. There are over 8,000 pieces, along with 744 window pieces.

Scandinavian Castle

Train Station

My Romanesque Revival Train Station, has a large clock tower dominating the complex. There is a large "porte cochere" entranceway with a large waiting hall above it. The Train Shed has a triple arched entrance on either side (for the trains) and a large skylight. This building is currently being remodelled to include a Midway, enlarge the Train Shed, and widen the wings of the Headhouse. When all is complete, I will use it so that my HO scale train can run thru the complex and beyond.

Gary's Train Station

Gary's Train Station

Expert Builder Thatcher Perkins

Gary's Thatcher Perkins

Here are links to posts by Gary (courtesy of DejaNews) about windows and doors... I picked a few:

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