Soldier Field -Chicago, Illinois

 

Below is Soldier Field, football stadium for the Chicago Bears.  Frankly, I’m not a Bears fan, but I saw my first NFL game at Soldier Field when I was 9.  The stadium holds 61,500 people (significantly less that OU’s Memorial Stadium, what makes this structure great is the fusion of a Classical Roman column entryway attached to a modern glass and steel bowl that divides and overlaps in the middle; separating the home and visitor crowds.  The home side also rounds out at the top and creates an aerodynamic wind shield to block as much wind as possible from the juxtaposed Lake Michigan.  While Chicago has always been one of my favorite cities, Soldier Field has always had an intriguing look that makes it stand out compared to other football stadiums around the country.

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Winchester Mystery House

This is the Winchester Mystery House located in San Jose California.  This was the home of Sarah Winchester, she was the wife of William Winchester the owner of Winchester Arms.  William had passed away in 1881 and left his fortune and majority of shares to Winchester Arms Company to his wife Sarah.  The tale is told that Sarah went to see a Medium for spiritual guidance soon after the death of William. This Medium had informed Sarah that she would be cursed to be haunted by the ghosts of all the people whom died from a Winchester firearm.  She would only find solace from the ghost by building a home for them. The home was never to be completed and they were never to stop construction. Sarah had this home added onto continually until the day she died so that she would satisfy the ghost.  She was the designer of the home and would meet with her construction Forman every morning to go over what she wanted built. In this home many doors lead nowhere, windows through floors, upside-down pillars and random stares leading into the ceiling.  It covers 6 acres with 160 rooms, 13 bathrooms, 6 kitchens, 40 staircases, 47 fireplaces, 2000 doors and 10000 windows. I would recommend this to anyone and it was a blast to see.

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Avalon Casino

I was able to travel out to Catalina Island over the spring break 2014. This is the Avalon Casino, it is called a Casino because the Italian word that means a gathering place. The Avalon Casino is located on Catalina Island California. William Wrigley, Jr. owner of Wrigley’s Gum and the Chicago Cubs had this building built in 1929 at a cost of $2 million.  It was designed by Sumner A. Spaulding and Walter Weber.  The Casino was the first completely circular building of its time. The height of the building is equivalent to 12 stories. It offers a museum on the lower level, theatre on the main floor, a ballroom and a promenade on the upper floor. The 20,000 square foot ballroom can accommodate up to 1,500 dancers, and is the world’s largest circular ballroom without supporting pillars.  This is a pretty awesome building and very impressive!avalon 1 avalon 4 avalon 3DSC06523 casino