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Last week was our Themed Week over at Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2, but I didn’t post my image because I was out of the country without internet. So, here’s my contribution a little late.
The Theme was Urban so I pulled an image I taken earlier in the year of my cities somewhat new City Hall Dome with some of our other city buildings in the background.
For the History buffs-
“City Hall of San Jose at 200 East Santa Clara Street is the center of the government of the city of San Jose, California. The building was designed by Richard Meier, and opened to the public on 15 October 2005, replacing the former City Hall complex civic center located on North First Street, which was used from 1958 until 2005. From 1889 to 1958 the city hall was located in what is now Plaza de Cesar Chavez in downtown San José.
The architect was Richard Meier, designer of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain and numerous other buildings around the world. The architectural style is most influenced by that of Le Corbusier. The US382 million facility has been somewhat controversial, however the building was designed to be environmentally friendly, making use of natural light, and providing shading with brise soleils on the tower.
The complex is large, with the 18 story tower totaling 550,000 sq ft (51,000 m2) . The mayor’s office is located in the top floor of the tower, with the rotunda serving as an entrance and council chambers located in the third building.
The city hall tower is home to a peregrine falcon named Clara, and her current tiercel, named “Esteban Colbert” afterStephen Colbert, of whom San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is said to be a fan. The original falcons, named Jose and Clara after the city and Santa Clara County produced three offspring, named Spirit, Hiko, and Esperanza. In 2008, Clara and her then-mate Carlos had three chicks, Cielo and Meyye, both girls,and Mercury, a boy.” ~WIKI-PEDIA
The Dome reminds me of Lick Observatory which stands atop Mount Hamilton in East San Jose, CA.
Our hostess is on holiday so we’re taking a break from MM2, but we’ll resume on Oct. 7th. In the meantime if you have time click on over to Leanne’s MM2/26 page HERE to see what else was contributed last week.
Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 16mm FishEye lens| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| CS6 & Silver Efex Pro
More to come…