The American Architect and Building News Volume 5

The American Architect and Building News Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...will contain nitie apartments, each 10 feet in height, in addition to the lantern, the uppermost seven being 1-l feet in diainetvr. The whole of the work will be dovetailed and cemented, both horizontally and vertically, according to the system introdticed by Mr. Stevenson, and adoptetl at the Ilanois, Volf, and Longships Rock lighthouses. The total cubic contents of the granite masonry will be about 69,000 cubic feet, and the estimated cost is 7s,00o. The most magnificent lighthouse of modern times is the Tour dc Cordtian. It is built on a rock at the mouth of the river Garonne, on which river, at a (ll: Iflt1(30 of seventy miles frotii its mouth, stands the important commercial city and port of Bordeaux. The tower was eotntnenced in 1584, under the reion of King Henri. II., and was completed in 1610, in the reign of king Henri IV. The architect was Louis de Foix. The island rock on which this great Pharos is built is exposed only at low water, when an area, of 3000 feet of rock in length, by half that dimension in width, is left dry by the tides of the Bay of Biscay. On this rot-ky area is provided a cvlintlrical base, 135 feet. in diameter, which is built solid tip to 10 fcet'above lIl"l)-Wa'B1'l11flI'l(, with the exception of a cistern in the middle, and an gpcning for the stairs, which rise from the high water levt-l. This opening is closed by heavy doors, and is reached by a ladder froiti the mi-t below, when the title permits. The sides of this circular base Iiave a hatter of 5 feet; and around the platform of 125 feet diameter, thus grrived at, a wall is carried, 12 ft-ct thick at its base, and 12 feet ig i. On the centre of this circular area is erected the tower, which is 50 feet in diameter at its base, more

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  • English
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