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    Default Buildings

    Check out the Eastern Columbia building in Los Angeles:
    View from the south, Eastern Columbia Building, Los Angeles, U.S.A., Photo, Stock Image, Photograph | Emporis.com

    13 stories, now a condominium building.

    Was a running joke on the Jack Benny radio show:
    OK Mary; let's meet at Eastern Columbia and Broadway at nine.

    Besides the possible identification of the US capitol, does anyone have IDs on the other buildings?

    I'd say the Eastern Columbia building is a little bit reminiscent of the clock tower building along the bottom. That building is the odd one out of the buildings that mostly correspond to the resident portraits on the last page. It may or may not be Ternky Towers.

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    Default More building observations

    The capitol building is not a faithful representation of the US capitol. It looks a bit like the West Viriginia capitol, or the Wisconsin capitol in a foreshortened view (that building has 4 long wings, this could be face-on to one wing). No state capitol as far as I can tell has 7 columns in the portico.

    The one to the right of the capitol is a space-needle like building. It looks a bit like the Reunion Tower in Dallas, but leaves out significant details like the geodesic exoskeleton around the top that Reunion has.

    The buildings as shown in the book cut off a bit of the bottom of the drawing as shown on Gus's web page. For instance, the steps of the capitolesque building are not shown in the book.


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    I spent a few hours poking around on various websites trying to find some matches for buildings. I figured at this point it'd be easier since we knew some cities we were looking for.

    A couple problems became readily apparent. First, none of these have actually been found in a major city, and a lot of them are pretty close to several major cities, e.g. floor 2's solve is pretty much right in between San Antonio and Austin, the Illinois solve is close to Madison, Rockford, Chicago, and kinda even Milwaukee...and so on.
    Second, none of the pictures seem to match anything directly. I started with the capitol building, 8th from the left, which appears to match up to the Mime on the last page. The find was in Ohio, and the Ohio statehouse looks nothing like the picture.
    So I went to trusty wikipedia, 'cuz it's never wrong right?, and found this snazzy page:
    List of state capitols in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    and went through the capitols of the states of the solves and found nothing particularly compelling. Some similarities, but nothing really worthwhile. Honestly, the closest building I could find is the Capitol Building in D.C., but even that's not a great match.

    I also tried checking out SkyscraperPage.com, which has basically tiny pictures of big buildings organized by city, and went through the lists of the major metros around the finds so far. Either I'm not nearly observant enough, or none of the buildings really match up to anything.

    So I don't know - this seemed like a pretty solid way to confirm a solve was at least in the right area, but I'm coming up empty.

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    Nice work CR. They are probably just artistic fodder. Would have been nice if they matched up and we could do some reverse engineering for the final three. Oh well. On to the rclues,

    Cheers and Happy hunting.

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    Default An entirely different approach

    I came across a clue awhile ago that led me to think there was a rooftop alphabet. I thought it might apply to the illustration on the front cover, where I found lots of groupings of items into ABCs: arrows, bow, chairs; agave, catsup, barbecue; etc.

    But I wonder whether each of the buildings in this array might represent a letter? For instance

    Arch or arena = A
    Cone = C
    Dome or Deco = D
    Art Deco = ?
    Stepped = ?
    Flat =

    Or maybe it's not the roofs, but the windows will tell us something.

    In the background are spires, cranes, water tanks, gables, woods, etc.

    No deeper meaning immediately leaps out at me, but it might lead to a fresh approach.

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    Just in case, here's another picture of the buildings, with less of the bottom cut off.



    Taken from here:
    Scott Teplin 2010

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