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« on: September 30, 2013, 11:57:31 pm »

What the steamiest place in your town ?

In Quebec City, that would be the Gare Du Palais:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/95313567@N03/sets/72157636065401235/
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2013, 12:17:41 am »

I have a depressing feeling it is my house. I'm in Northern Spain and have seen no evidence of steaming anywhere round here...

Any Donostia Steampunks out there?
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2013, 01:27:44 pm »

In Duisburg (it's our neighbourtown) it is the "Oscar Huber": http://www.paddlesteamers.info/Oscar%20Huber.htm
In my town itself there are many houses built between 1871 and 1914 (the "Kaiserzeit" before WW I), I'm living myself in one of them. But that's all here.
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2013, 02:10:16 pm »

A lot of 1800-1900 buildings have been bombed during WWII. In my town Helmond, we have a few mansions and a couple of small bridges like this one:
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That's about it I guess.  Sad
Unless you like churches and cemetaries. Somehow these where not distroyed and where kept in good condition.

There is a museum just a good 10 minute walk from my place. It's got old farming equipment, old professions and old firefighter gear displayed. But that's "just" Victorian era, nothing Steampunk about it.
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2013, 09:50:04 am »

I have a depressing feeling it is my house. I'm in Northern Spain and have seen no evidence of steaming anywhere round here...

Any Donostia Steampunks out there?
Close, but no, sorry.

This is not an old building (although we have many, Bilbao multiplied its size at the end of the 19th century), but a bar close to my place, which is not officially steampunk - I don't think the owners have ever heard of such a thing, but is still delightful, with many little details:
Lod Donovan Tavern (It's a Google Images search, sorry about that).
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2013, 11:11:55 am »

Hackney used to have a wonderful old, red brick Police Station that, when compared to the photo in a book I have called 'A Hackney Camera' (showing scenes of Hackney and Homerton from 100-200 years ago) had hardly changed a bit since it was built in 1904. Unfortunately in the last ten years it's become a veritable fortress with bullet resistant glass, metal shutters and a plethora of CCTV cameras covering the front of this wonderful old building. Or maybe that should be  "this wonderful Old Bill-ding ?" (see what I did there?)
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2013, 09:10:59 am »

Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, NZ on a 'Live Day'

http://www.motat.org.nz/

They've hosted several Steampunk events onsite. Always fun.
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2013, 07:51:59 pm »

It's kind of cheating since it's actually had steampunk exhibitions, but I live in Oxford and we have the Museum for the History of Science which is basicly three floors of steampunky goodness.



If I was going for  something less obvious that hasn't already been snatched up by ficion writers, the canals around Oxford could make a good steampunk location. The canal boats almost make up a strange, waterbourne shanty town with lots of jerry-rigged contraptions and lots of boats with fun classical or literary names.

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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2013, 04:52:29 am »

It's kind of cheating since it's actually had steampunk exhibitions, but I live in Oxford and we have the Museum for the History of Science which is basicly three floors of steampunky goodness.



That's what the Henry Ford Museum looked like before they decided to become "relevant". Now they are a consumer product museum.

Steampunk location in Wyandotte, Michigan? I haven't explored the town much yet. There's a house near the river that used to belong to the Ford family, but it isn't all that steampunk. I will report if I run across anything.
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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2013, 08:03:01 am »

Closest I could find was Newport on the Levee since it has a few gears here and there.


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« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2015, 02:56:30 pm »

This topic is kinda dead...but I like it so I'm gonna respond anyway. In my town, I guess it'd be the railway museum
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« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2015, 02:13:29 pm »

Queen Street Mill (Working Steam cotton mill and Museum) in Burnley.



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« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2016, 06:24:20 am »

That would be the Great Karg Well, the memorial is nothing spectacular. But there's something about a gas well catching fire and turning into a tourist attraction that screams steampunk to me.
http://oilpro.com/gallery/665/9270/great-karg-well-erupts-natural-gas-findlay-ohio
If it has to be current, then the best I can come up with is a railroad preservation society that has been saying for years they're going to get a working steam engine.
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« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2016, 09:22:25 am »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
I have a depressing feeling it is my house. I'm in Northern Spain and have seen no evidence of steaming anywhere round here...

Any Donostia Steampunks out there?

I know of one.
Shall we take this convo to private, please?

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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2017, 11:18:32 am »

This place:
https://www.facebook.com/Hoi-Polloi-Cafe-714927841930148/
Full of old stuff, with a strange plethora of microscopes amongst it, antique film equipment, many vintage images on the walls, and built into some quite old commercial/industrial buildings.

I could say anywhere on Flinders Street, but that's just because of the age of the buildings. The old Flinders Street railway shops are more urbex than steamy, and the Great Northern Hotel might qualify, but is not open.
So really, the best I could suggest would be the Maritime Museum:
http://www.townsvillemaritimemuseum.org.au/
or the Townsville and District Society of Model Engineers Fun Park:
https://www.facebook.com/Townsville-Train-Park-TDSME-462553047121756/

Or one of these two public houses:
https://publocation.com.au/pubs/qld/south-townsville/ross-island-hotel
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Park_Hotel
The former is the best pub for railfanning.
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« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2017, 12:41:37 pm »

Take your pick:

Driskill Hotel (1886)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driskill_Hotel
http://www.driskillhotel.com/


The Littlefield House (1893)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Littlefield_House



The Texas Federation of Women's Clubs Mansion (1931) and it's electrical control panel
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Federation_of_Women's_Clubs_Headquarters
http://themansion.info/




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« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2017, 08:07:31 pm »



I'm in small town New Zealand  - it's everywhere I freaking look  around   ; }
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« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2017, 02:39:03 am »

The National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, PA is steam heaven.  The main hall is modeled after  one from the 1876 Centenial Exhibit in Philadelphia and contains some machinery from the exhibit:


A steam powered compressor for cooling beer:


A steam tractor:


The museum is located in a former electrical shop on the former Bethlehem Steel site and is surrounded by unused buildings:


The centerpiece of the site are the former blast furnaces:





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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2017, 04:50:41 am »

That is ssssssooooo awesome!
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« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2017, 07:44:53 am »

I was driving on Sibley Road in Riverview, Michigan, today, and chanced upon this building:



Some here will object that this is a steam era building; it was built circa 1930. This is about 30 miles from Detroit, and is designed in a deco style similar to many buildings in Detroit's downtown. But what is really striking is that it is in the middle of farmland. Even though it is slightly out of period, I thought that it deserved a mention here.

This is the transmitter building for the radio station WJR. If you are familiar with the naming conventions for American radio stations, you are aware that only the earliest of radio stations had three initials; any station built after the 1920's has four call letters.

The station was built in 1925, and had a 5,000-watt transmitter, which would have reached listeners hundreds if not thousands of miles away. The station carried the broadcasts of the infamous Father Caughlan.

More information is available here:
http://www.detroit1701.org/WJR%20Radio.html

Here's a link to a larger photo with more detail:
http://landmarkhunter.com/photos/53/78/537875-L.jpg
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« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2017, 11:36:07 pm »

What a beautiful building.  Thanks for posting
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« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2017, 11:05:37 am »

The aforementioned coffee house:





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« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2017, 04:18:35 pm »

If you visit Prague, make sure to visit Karel Zeman Museum, dedicated to great influencing filmmaker - it's almost embodied essence of steampunk

Here you can see some photos http://steampunk.info.pl/muzeum-karela-zemana-steampunk-praga-czechy/
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« Reply #23 on: October 05, 2017, 06:35:36 am »


Improved image.
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