24 November, 2008

Cebu Provincial Capitol Postcards

The postcard shows the Cebu Provincial Capitol. The Cebu Provincial Capitol Building is the seat of the provincial government of Cebu. The building is a neoclassical edifice designed by US-trained Filipino architect Juan M. Arellano* (best known for Manila's Metropolitan Theater and Post Office Building) and built by Pedro Siochi & Company, Inc. Construction started in 1937 and the building was inaugurated on June 14, 1938 by Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon.

Cebu Provincial Capitol Postcard

The capitol building has a concave facade that links two wings of the capitol, forming a u-shaped plan. One can read the inscription "The authority of the government emanates from the people." on the top of the concave facade, while below it is the main entrance with a green color marble background and three large doors. There are two columns on both sides of the facade each have a gold color painted statue in Roman costumes. The male statue stands on the left side while female statue stands on the right side. The facade leads to a tall foyer capped by a dome.

Cebu Provincial Capitol Concave Facade Postcard

Inside the dome is painted the history of Cebu, with sceneries depicting the province and its constituents. Beneath the dome is a rotunda with a spacious lobby. Near the lobby is the entrance to the Social Hall, a ballroom adorned with French-style windows draped with red curtains and three large chandeliers.

Heritage of Cebu: Cebu Provincial Capitol

* ".. Antonio Toledo, whose architectural contributions are seen in the .... the Cebu and Leyte provincial capitols..." from The Imperial Tapestry: American Colonial Architecture in the Philippines
by Norma I. Alarcon, Fuap, page 124

17 November, 2008

Provincial Capitol of Basilan Postcard

The postcard supposedly shows the Provincial Capitol of Basilan; however, when I try to research it, the provincial capitol does not even look as what is shown in the postcard.

Provincial Capitol of Basilan PostcardProvincial Capitol of Basilan Postcard

Basilan Provincial Capitol is former site of Fort Isabela Segunda, Isabela City, Basilan. T
he original Fort was bombed and destroyed towards the end of World War II, having been used by the occupying Japanese forces as a munitions dump. A newer capitol building was built on the spot where the old Basilan City Hall stood after it was burned in the early 1990s. The new building is a celebration of Muslim and Christian influences which shaped modern-day Basilan, and still occupies the highest point of the City proper.

Could the postcard show the old Basilan City Hall and not the provincial capitol?

Basilan Wikitravel Entry

16 November, 2008

Iowa State Capitol Postcard

The postcard shows the Iowa State Capitol and the Pioneer Statuary Group. The Iowa State Capitol is located in the Iowa capital of Des Moines at East 9th Street and Grand Avenue. Designed by John C. Cochrane and Alfred H. Piquenard and constructed between 1871 and 1886, the French Baroque Revival building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Iowa State Capitol Postcard

* Year completed: 1886
* Original cost: $2,873,294.59

The capitol is the only five domed state capitol in the US. Both front and back porticoes have pediments supported by six Corinthian columns each. The dome, constructed of steel and brick, is gilded in tissue-paper thin sheets of pure 23-karat gold. A belvedere on top of the large dome features a golden lantern at the top. In addition, four smaller golden lanterns are each attached to copper-covered domes at every corner of the building.

The Pioneer Statuary Group can also be seen in the picture. It depicts a father and son in search of an Iowa home, guided by a Native American.

Iowa State Capitol Wikipedia Entry
The Iowa General Assembly Capitol Tour

10 November, 2008

Seattle Civic Auditorium Postcard

I found a similar postcard online and the back of the postcard contains detailed information about the auditorium.

Seattle Civic Auditorium Postcard
(now Marion Oliver McCaw Hall)

Construction Date: 1925-1928
Cost: $1,115,000

Seattle has constructed a Civic Auditorium, Exposition Hall and Recreation Field as a three-fold civic development, on a centrally located 12-acre site, bounded by Third and Fourth Avenues North, Harrison and Mercer Streets. The Auditorium, fronting on Third Avenue, is 194 feet by 274 feet in size, and comfortably seats 7,700 persons. Of these 5,000 are taken care of on the main floor and 2,700 in the balcony. It has a total of 40,000 square feet of utility space. The main floor is flat and of maple.

In 1959 construction began to transform the aging Civic Auditorium into a 3,100-seat Opera House in preparation for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. The remodeled hall was a fan-shaped room, with two balconies, seating about 3,100 persons.

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall is the latest incarnation of what was once Seattle’s Civic Auditorium (1928) which was then gutted and rebuilt as the Seattle Center Opera House for the World’s Fair in 1962.

VintageSeattle's Seattle Civic Auditorium Postcard
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall Article

03 November, 2008

UPDATE: Parian Gate Postcard

Parian Gate Postcard

The postcard shows the Parian Gate and the dome of one of the churches inside the walled city.
I was browsing the book Ciudad Murada by Jose Victor Z. Torres when I came across on page 43 a similar picture showing Parian Gate or Puerta del Parian, the dome of Hospital de San Juan de Dios chapel and the rectangular cupola of Nuestra SeƱora de los Angeles known as the San Francisco Church.

I believe a lot of people do not know that there were actually 8 churches inside pre-war Intramuros (and there were also chapels). Some are more familiar with the Manila Cathedral dome. The cathedral is located near Fort Santiago, while the Puerta del Parian is at the northeast of Intramuros.
Below is the map showing the location of Puerta del Parian.

#26 San Francisco Church and Convent
#27 Capilla de la Orden Tercera
#28 Hospital de San Juan de Dios

Here is another picture of the dome of
Hospital de San Juan de Dios chapel and the rectangular cupola of the San Francisco Church.

Parian Gate Postcard
UPDATE: Parian Gate Postcard

Map from Ciudad Murada: A Walk Through Historic Intramuros
by Jose Victor Z. Torres

Hospital de San Juan de Dios, Manila 1897, Retrato: Filipinas Collection Thread 3
SkyscraperCity Forum

02 November, 2008

UPDATE: San Miguel Brewery Postcard

San Miguel Brewery Postcard

Location of the Brewery: Formerly located at General Solano Street, in San Miguel, Manila (The building, I believe, was demolished to make way to a new building in the Malacanang compound).

General Solano Street: Located in San Miguel. Named after Ramon Solano of Llanderone who became governor-general on January12, 1860. During his short reign, civil government in Manila, Monte de Piedad, Quinta Market and the Statue of Queen Isabella II were established.

Catalogue of Philippine Picture Postcards American Period:1898-1941
by Conrado F. Ciriaco

Daluyan: Historical Dictionary of the Streets of Manila
by National Historical Institute, p. 37

San Miguel Brewery Postcard

01 November, 2008

UPDATE: Chinese Laborers and Freight Hauler Postcards

Chinese Laborers Postcard

Finally, thanks to Mr. Price, the church that can be seen behind the Chinese Laborers in the postcard is nameless no more. It is actually the Sta. Cruz Church in Manila. Actually what can be seen in the postcard is the rear of Santa Cruz Church. The men are standing on the ramp of Santa Cruz Bridge, and in the background is Plaza Goiti, now Plaza Lacson.

The Jesuits built the first Roman Catholic Church in the area where the present Santa Cruz Parish stands on June 20, 1619. The Jesuits enshrined the image of the Our Lady of Pillar in 1643 to serve the pre-dominantly Chinese residents in the area, in which many of them were converted into the Catholic faith.

Freight Haulers Postcard

Another postcard that depicts the rear of the Sta. Cruz Church is the Freight Hauler postcard (shown above). One can notice the circular rose window above another window. Those windows can also be seen on the first postcard.