Historic Preservation in the SecondLife Steelhead Sims

Historic Preservation in the Steelhead Sims – National Register Sites
(information courtesy of Eladrienne Laval)

The Steelhead Sims in Second Life contain more than a dozen replicas of noteworthy historic buildings, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Eladrienne Laval maintains a Museum of Historic Preservation in one of these with a wealth of additional information. A brief compilation of that information is below, along with SL snapshots which can be compared with pictures of the “real thing.”

in SecondLife: Steelhead City Hall Builder: TotalLunar Eclipse
in Real Life: Melbourne Windsor Hotel, Melbourne, Australia
Built: 1883 Architect: Charles Webb

One of the earliest of the Victorian “grand hotels”, the Hotel Windsor was built in 1883 by shipping magnate George Nipper and is considered one of the best hotels in the world.

WINDSOR HOTEL

ABOUT THE SL BUILD:
Steelhead’s pride of the northwest, the City Hall is based on the Melbourne Windsor Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. Inside the building’s west wing is the town jail, as well as the editors office of the Steelhead Anvil. In the east wing is the commons hall for town meetings, judgings and events. Upstairs is the office of TotalLunar Eclipse and one can find maps with available Steelhead parcels in the main entry.

in SecondLife: Steelhead Hotel & Ballroom Builder: TotalLunar Eclipse
in Real Life: Beaumont Hotel, Ouray, CO, USA
Built: 1886 Architect: O. Bulow
The Beaumont Hotel was built in 1886 as a fine hotel to attract mining capitalists.

BEAUMONT
HOTEL

Inaugural Preserve America Presidential Award, 2004
National Preservation Award 2003, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation, State of Colorado, February 2003
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1973
ABOUT THE SL BUILD:
Steelhead Hotel & Ballroom- Built in the late 1870′s to accomodate the growing town’s needs. It is a favorite location for dances, readings and other community events.

in SecondLife: Vista House Builder: TotalLunar Eclipse
in Real Life: Vista House at Crown Point, OR, USA
Built: 1918 Architect: Edward M. Lazarus
Built in 1918 as a rest stop observatory for the Columbia River Gorge Highway project, Vista House sits atop a 733 foot promontory overlooking the Columbia River.

VISTA HOUSE

Crown Point Natural Landmark (1971)
National Register of Historic Places (1974)
National Historic Landmark (2000)

ABOUT THE SL BUILD:
Steelhead’s Vista House sits high in the SE corner of Steelhead Boomtown and has its own scenic views overlooking the town.

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in SecondLife: SNS Headquarters & Columbia River Tack Shop Builder: Eladrienne Laval
in Real Life: Cannery Row, Monterey, CA, USA
Eastablished: 1851
“Cannery Row” (Ocean View Avenue), made famous by John Steinbeck’s 1945 novel, began its fishing industry when Chinese families settled and started fishing businesses there in 1851. By the early 1900s, Portuguese, Japanese, and Italian immigrants had also arrived and contributed to it becoming the “Sardine Capital of the World.”

CANNERY ROW

ABOUT THE SL BUILD:
Located at the Pier docks in Port Harbor, these buildings serve as the headquarters and offices for the Steelhead Navy, as well as the location for Steelhead’s 7Seas fishing equipment. The second/upper floor is available for roleplaying.

in SecondLife: Steelhead Museum of Historic Preservation
Builder: Eladrienne Laval
in Real Life: Antelope Community Church, Antelope, OR
Built: 1897

ANTELOPE
COMMUNITY
CHURCH

The town of Antelope, named for the Oregon Pronghorn antelope that would graze there, was a stop for stagecoaches and later, sheep and cattle ranchers. There was a devastating fire in 1898 that almost wiped out the entire town and after a train station opened in the nearby town of Shaniko, Antelope lost most of its population. Its church, the historic Antelope Community Church, still stands.

ANTELOPE, OR

ABOUT THE SL BUILD:
Acts as the Steelhead Museum of Historic Preservation in Steelhead Harborside. One can find out information about Steelhead’s builds that are based upon RL structures as well as RL historic preservation information.

in SecondLife: Steelhead Post Office: Harborside Station
Builder: Eladrienne Laval
in Real Life: Martinson Cabin Museum, Poulsbo, WA
Built: 1897  Architect: Michael Martinson
A dovetail joint log cabin home (the logs hold themselves together without the use of nails) built by hand by Norwegian immigrant Michael Martinson as a family homestead.

MARTINSON
CABIN

ABOUT THE SL BUILD:

The Steelhead Post Office allows visitors to send Steelhead postcards to friends and leave messages for management.

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in SecondLife: Steelhead Harborside Narrows Bridge Builder: TotalLunar Eclipse
in Real Life: Tacoma – Gig Harbor, WA, USA
Built: 1950  Engineers: Charles Andrew and Dexter Smith
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Tacoma Narrows and linking Tacoma to the Kitsap Peninsula. The bridge is 5979 ft (1822 m) long and is the bridge that replaced the famous “Galloping Gertie” bridge, whose dramatic 1940 rippling motion and collapse due to winds was caught on film and influenced bridge design and safety to this day.

NARROWS BRIDGE

ABOUT THE SL BUILD:
Steelhead Narrows Bridge- Based on the Current Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the Steelhead Narrows Bridge stands at over 60 meters tall and spans 50 meters across the harsh winds of the narrows and rushing waters of the sea below.

in SecondLife: Multnomah Falls & Benson Footbridge Builder: TotalLunar Eclipse
in Real Life: Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, near Troutdale, OR, USA
Bridge Built: 1914  Erected By: Simon Benson
The Multnomah Falls consist of an Upper and Lower falls (620 ft/189 m total) spanned by the 45 foot/14 m) long Benson Footbridge. The footbridge itself, built by Italian stonemasons, crosses over the Lower falls. The Falls are the highest in Oregon and the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/columbia/millennium2/welcome.htm

National Register of Historic Places
ABOUT THE SL BUILD:
After the collapse of the old Steelhead Dam, the Benson Bridge was erected and gives a view not only of the Falls, but of the Columbia River Gorge.

in SecondLife: Garden Pergolas Builder: TotalLunar Eclipse
in Real Life: Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA, USA
Built: 1909  Architect: Julian T. Everett
The ornate cast iron and glass pergola at Pioneer Square was built as a canopy for underground comfort stations (restrooms) for visitors to the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition in Seattle. The underground restrooms were ventilated by the pergola’s hollow non-structural pillars.

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&File_Id=2950

National Historic Landmark 1977
ABOUT THE SL BUILD:
The pergolas in Boomtown Gardens and Steelhead Capital City serve as lovely places to linger and enjoy the gardens.

in SecondLife: Home of Forelle Broek Builder: Forelle Broek
in Real Life: B.F. Dowell House, Jacksonville, OR, USA
Built: 1859
This Italianate-style home was built for B.F. Dowell, a prominent local lawyer and publisher.

http://boundless.uoregon.edu/u?/archpnw,11250

ABOUT THE SL BUILD:
This build serves as the private home of local lawyer Forelle Broek. While visitors are allowed to come inside, please respect his privacy if requested.

in SecondLife: Laval Point, Harborside
Builder: Eladrienne Laval
in Real Life: Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, OR, USA
Built: 1871 Architect (tower and dwelling): Ben Simpson
Architect (lantern room): Joseph Bien
Built in 1871, the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is the oldest wood lighthouse in Oregon and the only one in the state to contain the living quarters as well as the lighthouse itself.  Its beacon lens is a fifth-order Fresnel.

http://www.splintercat.org/YaquinaBayLighthouse

/YaquinaBayHistory.html

http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=132

National Register of Historic Places
ABOUT THE SL BUILD:
The private home of Steelhead Harborside’s first resident Eladrienne Laval, it is open to visitors if the door is open.

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in SecondLife: Doc Wrangler’s, Harborside  Builder: Doc Wrangler
in Real Life: Union League of Philadelphia, PA, USA
Built: 1865  Architect: John Fraser
The Union League building was built in 1865 and is the oldest private Republican club in the country.  Its additions were added in 1910-11, creating its current look.

http://www.unionleague.org/history-philanthropy.php

National Register of Historic Places, 1979
ABOUT THE SL BUILD:
It houses the Steelhead Harborside branch of Doc Wrangler’s Menswear shop.

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in SecondLife: Justice League Adventurers Club Builder: TotalLunar Eclipse
in Real Life: Cincinnati Union Terminal
Built: 1933 Architects: Alfred Fellheimer, Steward Wagner
Cincinnati’s Union Terminal was built as a solution to centralize the freight and passenger operations of the seven main railroads, as at the time they were operating out of five different terminals.

http://www.cincymuseum.org/explore_our_sites

/union_terminal/history/
National Historic Landmark, 1977
ABOUT THE SL BUILD:
This steampunk Art-Deco influenced build houses the club for the Justice League Adventurers.

general Steelhead Community website: http://steelheadsl.ning.com/