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Where & When: Game 48

Oh boy, welcome back to yet another round of Where & When! You may have been thinking, “Where’s Chyll and when is he putting up another interesting post of old buildings that probably don’t exist anymore?” Or maybe not, life is strange.  But I’m sure you’re champing at the bit to solve another mystery with me, so let us not waste time with idle chit-chat:

Ah-ha. We’re taking a little trip; not far, but not so obscure that I have to give you a clue about where or what it is.  This place is rather unique, in fact, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find.  If you can figure out where this place is; i.e. name, who built it and when, then you’ll win a kleig barrel of the finest root beer in the land (if you can imagine what that is).  I’ll throw in a scoop of ice cream if you know the significance of this building as well. The rest of us who follow with answers or stories will have to settle as usual with a cold mug of cream soda, not that it’s such a bad thing (I could drink cold cream soda all day). so, get back to us before the game begins and  lets have fun.

For newcomers who want to try their hands at this, the rules are simple: you can post your answers in the comments, but you must provide a full answer to the questions above in order to get credit; the first person with the correct answers wins first prize and all who come after get an honorary prize.  You may use the internet for research, but you can’t peek at the photo credit (that would be like smearing pine tar all over your neck for everyone on Mars to see).  You may also talk about anything relative to the region you may want to share, like personal memories or trivia about the neighborhood, that kind of stuff. The regulars will help you out if you have any more questions, I’m sure.

Have fun everyone, and I’ll see you back at the game!

[Photo Credit: Joseph Pellombardi]

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1 Capital Yank   ~  Apr 25, 2014 8:53 am

Armour-Stiner house in Irvington, NY. Built 1859-60 by financier Paul J. Armour. I wish I could say I was more knowledgeable or clever, but that's just a wikipedia find.

2 Capital Yank   ~  Apr 25, 2014 8:55 am

Also, via further wikipedia browsing, the dome was added/enlarged in 1872-76 by Joseph Stiner, a tea importer

3 rbj   ~  Apr 25, 2014 9:01 am

hexagonal or octagonal?

Google search for hexagonal houses bring up this page:
(so it's 8 sided, not 6. Gotta start somewhere)

Armour-Stiner, yes, as per Capital Yank
"It is the only known residence constructed in the eight-sided, domed colonnaded shape of a classic Roman Temple."

- from: http://www.josephpelllombardi.com
- See more at: http://www.house-crazy.com/tag/octagon-house/#sthash.oTk4WkDQ.dpuf

More pictures and information here:

4 Chyll Will   ~  Apr 25, 2014 9:38 am

[1] Good job; how did you go about figuring it out? Did you search oddly polygonical homes or did you use The Force? (If you squint, it sort of resembles Darth Vader's helmet or even the Legion of Doom headquarters) >;)

5 Capital Yank   ~  Apr 25, 2014 10:02 am

[4] Hailing from upstate NY, I first thought it reminded me of the dome building at Union College (the Nott Memorial) so I did a quick search for that and saw that it was not the same dome. Then, I just blindly did a google image search--literally just searched "dome building ny"--and found a matching picture that linked to wikipedia. Thorough investigative research, I know.

6 Chyll Will   ~  Apr 25, 2014 10:12 am

[5] Hey, it's For The Win. I'm always curious about the process people take to find the solution; in fact, that was a stipulation I forgot to mention for new players: Show Your Math. It helps the gameplay stay competitive.

That was easier than I thought it would be, so maybe I'm gonna present the first double-header of Where & When history (if you can call 49 games historic) and entreat the game thread folks to join in between innings. Enjoy the root beer, Cap; a chance to make history tonight!

7 rbj   ~  Apr 25, 2014 10:23 am

[6] Dang, I'm going to the Mud Hens tonight. Meant to buy a ticket for Saturday's game, but clicked on the wrong game. Oh well, live baseball.

8 RIYank   ~  Apr 25, 2014 10:23 am

Wow, a positively pastoral When&Where.
I've never been to Irvington. I think this will be my image for Irvington, when I think about it.

9 RIYank   ~  Apr 25, 2014 10:50 am

Hey, sorry to bring baseball into the W&W, but Ken Rosenthal just wrote that we can expect

a less strict interpretation of the transfer rule, in which umpires would rule on catches the way they did in the past, using more of a common-sense approach rather than following the letter of the law.

And that's starting now.
Interesting. I guess once it costs Dustin Pedroia an error, enough is enough!

10 Chyll Will   ~  Apr 25, 2014 11:33 am

[8] There are a lot of interesting homes and estates up in Irvington; W&W may revisit it again in the near future. But yes, that's a nice representation for the place.

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