Kadang miris saat melihat bangunan sejarah yang dicoret-coret, dirusak ataupun dikotori..padahal dengan menjaga situs warisan budaya adalah salah satu bukti manusia/bangsa yang beradab.. "Peradaban dimulai dengan ketertiban, berkembang dengan kebebasan dan mati dengan kekacauan." - Will Durant
The TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center. Swipe to see historic images shot in 1949 (Courtesy of Sargeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library). Back then it was the Loew’s State Theater built in 1926. In front of it is Jack Benny's March of Dimes wagon. “Businesses identified in the photograph include Baker's Shoe Store (342 Granby Street), Stewart's Millinery (334 Granby Street), Jonas Shoppes Women's Clothing (332 Granby Street), and the Bamboo Inn (332 Granby Street, upstairs).” Granby was definitely more vibrant with all the shops!
Title: Mangifera Indica. L. [Mango]
Artist: Berthe Hoola van Houten (1840 - 1885)
Technique: Lithograph printed in colour.
Large botanical lithograph of a Mango from Berthe Hoola Van Nooten's famous series, Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de l'Ile de Java. The largest and most sought after series on tropical fruits ever made.
Berthe Hoola van Nooten was a Dutch botanical artist, most famous for her series, Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de l'Ile de Java.
Berthe was the daughter of Johannes Wilhelmus van Dolder, a vicar, and his wife Philippina Maria Batenburg. On 11 July 1838 in Wageningen, she married Dirk Hoola van Nooten, a judge in Paramaribo. Interested in botany, she regularly sent specimens of cultivated plants to botanical gardens in the Netherlands, collected on trips through Suriname with her husband.
London Open House Stop 4 : Foreign and Commonwealth Office
One of the highlights of this event is visiting buildings I would never have entered on a routine trip to London. Instead of a stuffy old building that I imagined the FCO to be, it has rooms after halls after corridors of grand architecture. Our planned 15 minutes browsing turned out to be a 60 minutes wander.. And yes, I got to say hello to the Chief Mouser Palmerston 🐈 and carried the famous (heavy) Red Box too!
In this building, I'm loving the :
1️⃣ Durbar Court - This magnificent court used to be the heart India Office and was built back in 1866 by Wyatt.
2️⃣ Locarno Suite - This venue has a colourful history from housing diplomatic dinners and conferences to becoming a Contraband Department in WWI and ciphering branch of the Comms Department in WWII.
3️⃣ Grand Staircase - Aptly named to impress foreign diplomats