View single post by Keith Pashina
 Posted: Wed Nov 1st, 2017 07:47 am
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Keith Pashina


Joined: Sun Nov 4th, 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Posts: 781

For modeling subjects, the backsides of buildings are just as interesting to model as the front side. This is Selak Street, and shows the backside of the retail block of buildings shown in the previous photo. I am looking south, from the stairway that leads up to the Presbyterian Church and school building. Note how the building door thresholds follow the sloping street - the building kind of "flows" down the hill. Harry Brunk wrote extensively about the alley side of buildings in Idaho Springs in Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette, and his ideas also apply here, too, to modeling Black Hawk

I am going to make no attempt in these posts to explore Black Hawk in detail. Two writers already did this, and their works are the "supreme" references on Black Hawk. Harry Brunk published 100+ articles on modeling the Clear Creek region, and much of Black Hawk is covered in his articles. If you don't have the copies of the Gazette, you can still purchase the book compilations covering all this information
The other great reference is Mike Blazek's workbook on Black Hawk. This is full of the "technical" information you should have on Black Hawk, but also contains lots of suggestions on how to recreate the feel of the town in narrow gauge days

So, let's look a bit more at some of the retail stores lining Gregory Street - this is the street generally following Gregory Gulch and eventually leads into Central City, about 1 mile away. These buildings have been drawn and described by Harry Brunk in his articles, and some of the buildings have been made available as kits or storefront kits by various manufacturers. This image is an enlargement of a photo from the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection

Enlarging the previous photo even more, we see some "neat" details of Gregory Street. The building at left was the Knights of Pythias Building, built in 1864, the lower floor housed a saloon. Harry Brunk called the center building a rooming house, and published plans for it originally in the November 1980 Gazette

The Colorado Shoe is a neat little retail building, crowded up against the dual gauge C&S/Gilpin Tram tracks. Harry Brunk also prepared drawings for this building and published them in Gazette. Lots of neat little details pop up in the photo - the front of the building looks to be in need of a paint job - the wood siding looks heavily weathered. Note the telephone and power poles next to the store - Black Hawk was a "modern" town and received these services fairly early on. The piles have paper notices nailed to them - I have rarely seen this little detail modeled. The right side of the building, which faced the tracks, appears to have had lots of signs painted on it over the years, and these have generally weathered away

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