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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Windows!

Windows for the steeple tower were delivered today.
But my trip to the site didn't go as planned.
It took much longer than I anticipated for the crane to be ready.  Even the red ladder had to help.
The windows are stacked in the background.
While I waited, I walked around the block and checked out the temple's minions.
We are looking at the west doorway into the pavilion, which will be flanked with windows.
I will confess that I was a little impatient.  I took a picture of the machines working the dirt.
It was hard to believe it was 50 degrees and the end of October.
You are seeing the gablet box in the west gable.  It took me a few minutes, but I finally saw it, too.
It went up right before my eyes.
Well, it was in the process of going up.
I watched the roofers for awhile.  We aren't going to see them much longer.
For the record, I was not the only one who was impatient.
I wasn't worried that I was going to miss anything.  I kept a close eye on the crane.
Walkways were poured this week for the north gardens.
I am absolutely positive this is going to beautiful.
The concrete blankets aren't here because it was 50 degrees today.
They were placed because it dropped to 33 degrees last night.
Someday we won't be hampered by construction fences and we'll be able to use this walkway, which I hadn't noticed before.
You are wondering why the crane at the south lot wasn't hanging the windows.  I can only say that he was very busy when I walked along Second South.  He has been lugging supports for the underground garage roof off the lot.  They are being loaded onto huge trucks and carried away.
If you look closely, you will see other people waiting for the show to start, maybe more patient than I was.
Finally, the crane had himself all together enough to get to work.
I checked out the knot, one I learned in the previous century as a den leader: A window-triple-hitchcock.
It seemed to hold well.
I asked why half the window is missing.
If it were in place, the crane would have had a difficult time lifting the window.
No worries.  The lower parts of the windows are on site and will be installed soon.
Would you like to hear some of the things I learned today?
The font is being lined with stone. 
Quartzitic sandstone now covers the underground entrance wall.
Stone is also being placed along the underground entrance to the pavilion.
Beautifully milled woodwork is being installed in the lower level. 
The oxen haven't arrived yet.
There is an arch-counting contest going on inside the temple.  No winners yet; they haven't counted them all.
Only seven windows will be installed in the steeple.  The eighth is a door, on the southwest side.
The tower windows will be delivered next week.  Yay.
Painters are hurrying to complete the steeple base.  When the scaffolding comes down, the roofers can finish.
These eight openings are all exactly the same size, designed according to the architects' plans.
The rest of the temple window opeinings were all individually made by the pioneers, and are all just a little different.
A laser scanned these openings and the windows will fit exactly right.
I peeked at the construction cam as I uploaded my pictures.  I think the windows are in.
I fear my favorite stone now has some serious competition.

4 comments:

Melanie Ferguson said...

Loved seeing these glorious windows being lifted into place. This temple is getting more beautiful every day, as I can see by your blog!

Rob said...

Thank you, as always, for all of your work to share these exciting updates with all of us! My family's anticipation is growing every day.

You are very much appreciated!

Brian said...

The tower glass was taken back out yesterday. I would imagine that with the irregularity of the window spaces in the original shell, fit is going to be a huge problem for them over the next month.

Julie said...

I have been told that every single window is just a little different, but all were digitally scanned and that there was no doubt the window assemblies would fit perfectly. That doesn't mean that some skill and brainpower won't be involved. Maybe I'll offer some Advil.