Preservation Pop Quiz

Today’s quiz is inspired by the types of questions that Prof. Bob McCullough asks of his History on the Land students. He provides a picture and asks students to read the landscape. What do you see in this picture? What does it infer? What does it tell you about the landscape?

What can you decipher from this photograph? Click and zoom for additional clarity (this is a large file).

Have fun! I’ll post my interpretation, too. Other Preservation Quizzes from PiP:

Note: The Sense of Place mini-series will continue on Monday.

Preservation Pop Quiz

Quiz on a Friday?! That takes me back to high school; I always had quizzes on Fridays. Thursday nights were never relaxing. But, you are not being graded on this. Take a guess.

What is this architectural material?


What can you tell me about? Where is it found? How old is it? What brought you to this conclusion?

(Yes, I will post the answer.)

EDIT: A better photograph.

Scale: roughly 3"x6".

Pop Quiz: What is That?

Sometimes even rehabilitated buildings have little quirks that make you stare and ask, “What is that?” Sitting in a cafe in Bellows Falls, I looked up at the ceiling of this interesting historic building. I wondered what the circles on the ceilings were. They lined the original store front at the ceiling appeared to be capped (with some exposed insulation). A preservation colleague and I stared for a while, contemplating what it could be.  Take a look at these photographs and see if you can guess and come up with what we did.





In full disclosure, my colleague suggested the answer. I agreed. Do you know? Do you give up?  Want the answer?

We figured it was recessed lighting for the previous store (obviously the lights are not historic features of the building). If it’s that obvious – to our credit, we hadn’t eaten all day long.  Buildings are always entertaining.

Preservation Photos #42

Preservation pop quiz: Who wants to take a guess as to what happened to this brick wall? (The brick dates to ca. early 1800s, but is a veneer to a ca. 1785 wood frame beneath it.) Click for a larger image.