Monday, October 20, 2014

A Study in Window Jambs

Clouds moved out of the way just as I arrived this morning.
I was delighted to see the lower part of the south gablet in place.
Someone removed the sensor in the apex.  You were wondering about that, right?
The last corbels are up, on the west side.
Now it's two and two.
I took a lot of pictures this morning.  This was one of the last.
I wondered about the copper wire at the east gable.  It looks like grounding wire.
With no shortage of pictures, I checked the other gables.  A copper wire is at the west gable, also.
The north gable has a wire.
So does the south gable.  It looks like the gablets will be gounded,
Just like Moroni and the finials.
The missionary box is not grounded.  It will soon be removed so the north lot can be landscaped.
This is a whole different kind of grounded.
The roofers are almost finished. 
They aren't going quietly.
The last bare patches in the roof are almost gone.
The massive south lot is being covered in geofoam.
The geofoam rests on a special mat that tells the water where to run.
I can't talk to water, but I guess this mat can.
Even though there is a lot to see in this picture, I want you to look at the steeple.
The woodwork is almost finished.
These men were working hard to place trim along the edge of the slate.
Unfortunately, their day was just beginning.
Today I tried to understand something I couldn't figure out last week.
On Wednesday I saw some boards propped up against an upper window of the southeast tower.
But it so easy for me to get distracted at the site.
Today, I tried again.  Look at the window barely visible at the scaffolding line.
The wood went here.
These are window jambs or sub-sills. I took a lot of pictures.
This is the next row of windows.  A niche is on the right, but look at the jamb in the window on the left.
My camera tried to help out.
He's an eager beaver sometimes.  We are seeing original brick inside this opening.
This is another picture from last week of an upper window on the northeast tower.
This is that same window today.
I see bolts.
I see gaps.
Why am I seeing gaps?
Yes, I noticed the beautiful brick.
The second row of windows on the northeast tower is the same as on the southeast tower.
The arches on this row are different than the arches at the top of the tower.
I checked all the towers.  This window is on the northwest tower.
The window on the left is the same window as the one above.
I don't know why the bricks are missing in that arch.
The windows in the southwest tower don't seem to be as far along as the other window jambs.
The wood is being bolted in place. I believe there will be a window on the inside, and another on the outside.  The space in between is called a break.  Word is spreading that the windows are on their way.
The jambs on the windows on either side of this niche in the southwest tower are visible.
The window on the right is the window on the left above.
This is the doorway below it.
So far there isn't any wood in the jambs of the tower doorways.
I had windows on my mind as I walked back to my car.
My car was parked under these beautiful windows on Center Street.
They were built at the same time the tabernacle was constructed.
Gorgeous morning.  Gorgeous site.  Gorgeous fall.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Corbels, Halos, And Other Details

Downtown is glorious as the seasons change.
Blog readers have shown concern for my vocabulary.
Ahem.These are mounting brackets at the west gable.
These are the corbels which will be mounted on the brackets.  Right now we are watching these two guys patiently wait on the scaffolding below.
Corbels are mounted at the south gable, but no gablet yet.
I walked under the corbels on the east side, not sure if it would be necessary to cross University Avenue to confirm there wasn't a gablet there, either.
Then I realized that the gablet can't go up until the slate is finished.  The slate can't cover the flashing until the copper crown is placed.
For the record, I'd be holding on, too.
The gablet is still looking comfortable at the north gable.  Notice the steeple base all covered in white trim.
There is now a halo on the steeple.
When the tower and base are painted, the scaffolding can come down. Then the men can finish the slate.
I saw a lot of progress on the south side.  The watercourse, for one.
The fountain, for another.  Geofoam has about got it surrounded.
And where will ground level ultimately be?  About here.
Notice the formwork for a new planter between the stairwell and the fountain.
He has a twin on the other side of the lot.
Forms for stairs inside are being built.
This is gravel.
This guy is in charge of it.
He was working harder than anyone else today, moving gravel all over the lot, one load at a time.
With no attempt at lolly-gagging, either.
The pavilion finally reached the top of the list for water-proofing.
Stonehenge has moved to the south lot.
Meanwhile, the geofoam on the west lot is covered in black, just in time for Halloween.
Yuki Dorff took this beautiful picture of the west lot a few days ago.
Real, actual dirt is slowly turning this area into garden beds.
In another month or two, real, actual snow will turn this picture into winter.