Paramount Theater Aurora, Illinois

Paramount Theater
    The Paramount Theater was also known  as the Paramount Art Center
    It was built in 1931.  The architect  were Rapp and Rapp.  The building style is Art Deco. 
     Over the years, the Theater has hosted films, plays, musicals, and concerts.
     The building was renovated in the 1970’s. 
     It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the 1980’s.
    Theater capacity is 1885.


   
Paramount Theater
Paramount Theater

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

Planetarium Building

Planetarium Building

Nature Center Building

Same as above

Interior Nature Building

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Interior Nature Building

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Interior Nature Building

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Interior Nature Building

     

Butterfly Aviary

Butterfly Aviary

Same as above

Same as above

Trail Marker

Trail Marker

Trail

Trail

Same as above

Iguana

Bald Eagle

Owl

Owl

Alligator

Koreshan State Park

Koreshan State Park


Koreshan Park is a state park in Lee County, Florida.  It was added to the National Register  of Historic Places on May 4, 1976.  It is the site of a religious  colony, the Kordeshian Unity.  Its last member deeded the property  to the state of Florida  in 1961.Informational  Sign       The Koreshan  Unity was a religious communal utopia. Its founder was Cyrus Teed, a medical d8 from Utica, New York.  The community started in New York in the 1870’s.  He moved to Chicago  where his followers  formed a commune in 1888 called Beth Ophra.  The community  relo6 to Estero, Florida  to form the New JerusalemPlanetary  Court

Planetary Court

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Planetary  Court

The Planetary Court  Building  was constructed  in 1904.  Seven women  comprised  the Planetary Chamber which was the governing  council of the Koreshan  Unity.  These women  lived in this three story building.  Each had her own room.    The exterior  of the building  was covered in heavy kraft paper to eliminate drafts in the winter  and to protect against insects.   Furniture in the building originally  came from Chicago.   Day to day business  of the settlement was conducted by the sisters  of the Planetary Court. Art Hall       The Art Hall was built  in 1905 by professors and students  of the Koreshan Pioneer University .  The Hall served as the cultural, social, educational and religious center for the Koreshan Settlement.  Theatrical  productions, lectures and musical events were part of the life of the community.  Public events drew large crowds

Art Hall

Art Hall

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Same as above

Art Hall

Interior Art Hall

Art Hall Interior

Inside the building are paintings of Douglas Arthur Teed (founder’s son) as well as other Koreshans.  Original scientific exhibits and musical instruments are on displayFounder’s House

Founder’s House

Founder’s House

Founder’s House

View from Founder’s House

This two story house was built in 1896.  It was also known  as the Teed House  and the  Children’s School It is the oldest surviving structure on the settlement built by the Koreshans.  This is the first building which used milled pine siding instead of logs.   This building has had many renovations and additions      The 1909 renovations included installation of masonry veneer  to the existing structure and a plan to double its size.Hedwig Michel Memorial    
  Hedwig  Michel was the last Koreshan to live at the Settlement.  She died in 1982.  Under her leadership  the Koreshans donated 305 acres to the state of Florida  in 1961. This property would become the Koreshan State Historic Site and Mound Key Archaeological State Park.Bamboo Landing

Bamboo Landing

View from Bamboo Landing

     The Bamboo Landing was built in 1894.  Its site on the Estero River was important for providing a means of transportation to the outside world.  It was used for passengers and freight.  It provided a framed entrance to the Koreshan Community.  The bamboo used in the construction is said to have come from the Ford Estate in Fort Myers.

The Mounds

The Mounds

The Mounds

There were four mounds constructed in 1904-1905.  They were four feet high and ten feet in diameter

Koreshan Bakery

Koreshan Bakery

Koreshan Bakery

     The Koreshan bakery was built in 1903.  It is a two story building located to the west of the dining hall.  The bakers produced 500 to 600 loaves bread a day.   The second floor of the building  had four dormitory rooms.  Originally,  the bake ovens connected to the south side of the building.

Informational Plaque

Conrad Schlender Cottage

Same as above

     The Conrad Schlender Cottage dates t the 1903.  The style of the building is Florida Wood Frame Vernacular.  The vertically pitched roof is designed to shed rain quickly The vertical siding allows for rain runoff.

Vesta Newcomb Cottage

Vesta Newcomb Cottage

Same as above

     The Vesta Newcomb Cottage  was originally located on Imokalee Road.  It was owned by Lou Staton.  It was moved in 1937 to the north of the Koreshan Unity Library.  Staton used the building as his residence  and barbershop.  In 1940, there was another move into the Koreshan Unity Settlement.  Vesta moved into the cottage.

Generator Building  Plaque

Generator Building

     This building was constructed in the early 1900’s.  It eventually housed electric generating for the community

Large Machine Shop Plaque

Large Machine Shop

Large Machine Shop



   The large machine shop was built in 1904.  It was built to contain the steam power machinery that served the adjacent laundry .
     The line shaft mounted in the ceiling provided power to the laundry and various machinery.  Several special tools and machinery were designed here.


Small Machine Shop Plaque

Small Machine Shop

Small Machine Shop


     The Small Machine Shop was built in 1905.  In this building machine parts and kitchen items were fabricated.  Time pieces and shoes were repaired.