Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Stone Magazine

I showed you the visitor's centre from Fort York a couple of weeks ago and since then I visited the fort itself on a cold sunny Sunday. The fort has a fine collection of old buildings and this is one of the best, the stone magazine, built in 1815, which was used to store 800 barrels of gunpowder. Its walls are 2 metres thick and inside there is a wonderful vaulted ceiling. All the fixtures are copper which is spark-proof and a simple mechanical ventilation system kept everything dry. Isn't it beautiful?

21 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

It is. and what a beautiful day to photograph it.

llandudnopictures said...

... and set perfectly against that crystal clear sky!

Sharon Anck said...

It is a beautiful building but, my mind just couldn't stop imagining what would happen if those 800 barrels were to ignite.

EG CameraGirl said...

WOW! Two hundred years old? It's in good condition.

Bill Nicholls said...

Great building and if it exploded the roof should hav ejust blown off. Must say it looks well restored

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John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I love that brickwork.

TexWisGirl said...

neat!

Lowell said...

It looks clean and very utilitarian. I would not have wanted to work anywhere near it, though! :) Nice shot! Love that deep blue sky!

Revrunner said...

Where are the no smoking signs? :-)

Andy said...

They had to build a new one.In the War of 1812 the original magazine blew up killing a number of American troops that were attacking the fort. In retaliation the Yanks burned and looted the town of York.

Halcyon said...

It hardly looks like winter!

cieldequimper said...

It's perfect! It would actually be a lovely, historical cottage to live in. With windows, of course! :-)

Michelle said...

I love that stonework.

Jack said...

It really is beautiful. The stone work is really good.

William Kendall said...

Quite a sturdy looking building!

Cloudia said...

North American field-stone is the texture of my childhood in eastern Pennsylvania. . . Thanks for the reunion.




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Randy said...

Beautiful building.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Walls two meters thick is very impressive.

Linda said...

Excellent masonry work.

Laura. M said...

A large building. Pat