Sunday, May 6, 2012

More courthouse scene details

I was able to carve out some time to work on the courthouse area.  In Canandaigua, the courthouse is located on Main Street, elevated on a hill overlooking the town, with Lady Liberty on top.  Another trade-mark item is located in the yard, 'the spot' where the people of Canandaigua re-enact the signing of the treaty of 1794.

This treaty was one of the first treaties the United States entered into.   The Canandaigua Treaty, also known as the Pickering Treaty, or the George Washington Covenant, was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) and the United States of America.

Two copies of the treaty were drafted in Canandaigua, New York.  One copy is held in the collection of the Ontario County Historical Society in Canandaigua and the other is in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The treaty bears the United States seal and George Washington's signature and is dated January 21, 1795.

I remember as a child watching a re-enactment of that signing, and that happend at this boulder in the front yard, its a very important place in Canandaigua and couldn't be overlooked.   While this scene is still under construction (no stairs [on their way], trees, accessories), you can get a feel for that area in town.  To the left is an actual photo of the courthouse and the historical boulder. Looks like some trees are in order next.

Due to 'selective compression' to get it all in one area of my layout, Main street is seen in front of both pictures.  However, on my layout, this ends up technically being Ontario Street - where the Canandaigua Station is located (to the right of the photo above).  While its not the prototypical footprint of the town and precise location and orientation of the buildings there, you get an instant feel for the main landmarks and realize it is indeed Canandaigua.    

1 comment:

  1. I love the angle you took the model courthouse photo at. I really shows how similar it is to the real courthouse.