CHICAGO 2017 PHOTOS: Rare Souvenir Buildings and More ……..

The stories are swell at a SBCS Convention “Show and Tell.”

Original Irish Hill Tower and Gray Tower, Lenawee County, MI. Souvenir Buildings / Salt and Pepper Shakers.

Bill H. and Michael E. brought the tale and the evidence of the IRISH HILLS TOWERS saga.  Apparently in the 1920s a farmer,  who owned part of a hill that the Michigan Observation Company (MOC) sought to purchase for a tourist-based observation tower, refused to sell his portion.  Whereupon, the enterprising company purchased the adjoining piece of land and built the IRISH HILLS OBSERVATORY and opened it to the public in September of 1924, to great success.   By November of the same year (just 2 months later), the envious nay-sayer had built his own tower adjacent to the first and made it a bit higher to attract the tourists to his site.  Reacting to challenge the Michigan Observation Company added a second observation platform atop the first and called their tower the ORIGINAL IRISH HILLS TOWER.  The farmer then evened the height of his tower with the “Original” and named his tower the “Gray” tower.  MOC then countered with the threat of tearing down their tower and erecting a metal edifice so large that the challenge would be over.  From then until the 1950s the towers were competing attractions.  In the 1950s they were operated as one attraction with a gift shop between.   As of today, they are on the US National Register of Historic Places.  Bill’s and Michael’s Salt and Pepper Shakers depict the Original Irish Hills Tower and the Gray Tower.

Sofitel Hotel (a former City Hall), Amsterdam; Dordrecht City Hall, Netherlands.

From the KLM and Goedewaagen collection of Simon H. comes a pair of rare Goedewaagen porcelain buildings.  The building on the left is the Sofitel Legend Grand Amsterdam Hotel, the site and building has a long and storied history, prior to it’s re-incarnation as a hotel.  The building on the left is the City of Hall of Dordrecht.

 

Steve B. and Terry M. went building hunting with Joe K. at the start of the weekend in Chicago.  To the delight of all, the finds were special and the swapping even better.  Terry found the very nice St. Peter’s Basilica in the same mall that Joe found the University Hall and a mutually-agreed-upon swap was executed.

McPherson Opera House souvenir building and as pictured in a iPhone photograph.

Steve also shared his acquisition of the McPherson Opera House and the photo he had taken of the actual building.

There are lots of convention photos to be seen in the Members Only portion of the website.  Head on over to MEMBERS ONLY / CONVENTION PHOTOS and click one of more of the links under 2017.

2015 SBCS Convention is IN THE BAG!

The Souvenir Building Collectors Society 2015 Convention in Orlando, Florida is in the bag. The next gathering will be June 10-11-12, 2016 in Los Angeles.

As SBCS members trickled out of Orlando, they carried bags of memories and packed suitcases of small buildings.

SBCS 2015 Commemorative, Orlando City Hall, pewter, Height 2 1/4

SBCS 2015 Commemorative, Orlando City Hall, pewter, Height 2 1/4″, Width 3″, Mfg. Infocus Tech.

Early arrivals were treated to a walking tour of historical downtown Orlando, which included the SBCS & SBCCA Exhibit of miniature buildings in the Orlando City Hall Rotunda. This exhibit runs until May 9th.

SBCS Attendees caught up with each other at our hosts’ Meet & Greet soiree. Many shared stories of their newest or their special souvenir building finds.

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More memories were added to the bag with the fantastic tour of one of the largest collections of buildings by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright at the Florida Southern College campus in Lakeland, FL.

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, Florida Southern College, Frank Lloyd Wright architect

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, Florida Southern College, Frank Lloyd Wright architect

Just in case you get lost!

Just in case you get lost!

 

One member found a photo of a cast metal model of the the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel that was sold to raise money for building the chapel.  Have you seen one?

Cast Metal Model of the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

Cast Metal Model of the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

The Swap Meet on Saturday gave everyone a chance to trade, sell, or buy souvenir buildings. More treasures were added to the suitcases with the annual auction and raffle. It was hard not to go home with more real estate!

SBCS 2015 Convention Reminders

Tie the proverbial string around your finger! Or just make a list or a note to yourself!

  • Don’t forget to bring your Show-and-Tell buildings.
  • Bring your Bidding Strategy and Dinero (Cash) for the Saturday Night Auction Action.
  • Remember to pack some goodies to donate for the raffle.
  • Be prepared to Swap and Shop at the annual SWAP Meet on Saturday morning.
SBCS 2014 SWAP Meet

SBCS 2014 SWAP Meet

Schedule:

FRIDAY, MAY 1

Hospitality Room (in hotel): Where you can pick up Registration Packets and drop off Raffle Items.  Wed. 3 – 5 PM, Thurs & Fri. 10 AM – 12 Noon, and in afternoon.

City of Orlando Walking Tour: Conducted by members of the City of Orlando Historical Society. Will end at City Hall for SBCS Exhibit of Souvenir Buildings. 8:30 AM Friday – Meet in hotel lobby.

A quick tour will be offered to late arrivals in the afternoon and end at the City Hall SBCS Exhibit.

Meet & Greet: Light Dinner and Dessert with Hosts Marty and Jakob. Venue for Show-and-Tell with a theme of “recent finds or super favorite finds.” Sign-up in Hospitality Room for Shuttle or Car Pool. Walkable Distance. Early Evening Friday.

SATURDAY, MAY 2

  • Annual Business Meeting
  • SBCS Swap Meet
  • Bus Tour to Lakeland, FL and historic Southern College
  • Cocktails, Dinner, Auction and Raffle

SUNDAY, MAY 3

Oh so many choices. Meet for breakfast then onto personal interests – Cape Canaveral to Hogwarts, Antiques to Disney World.

SBCS 2015 CONVENTION COUNT-DOWN

Space Shuttle on crawler transporter. Kennedy Space Center, FL.

Space Shuttle on Crawler Transporter, Kennedy Space Center, FL. 7 1/2 ” in height. Gray Metal.

The Count-down has begun.

Seven (7) more days to register and receive a discount to the 2105 SBCS Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Twenty-two (22) days to the opening of the SBCS Exhibit of Souvenir Buildings at the Orlando City Hall.

Twenty-seven (27) days before Souvenir Building Collectors begin arriving at the Embassy Suites – Downtown Orlando.

Twenty-eight (28) days before a meet-greet-eat soiree at Marty & Jakob’s.

Twenty-nine (29) days before the Business Meeting, SBCS Swap Meet, Bus Tour to Lakeland, SBCS Dinner, Auction, and Raffle.

Thirty (30) days before some SBCS members head to Cape Canaveral for a peek at the Kennedy Space Center.

Click here for Convention Information and Links.

Closer….Closer….Closer….May 2015 SBCS Convention

 

Excitement is building (pun intended) for the 2015 SBCS Convention, May 1 – 3, in Orlando, Florida and for an outstanding exhibit in the Orlando City Hall of miniature buildings from collections across the USA. Come enjoy the assemblage!

Register for the convention before April 10, 2015 and save $20 on your registration fee. Click here for the Registration Form.

Reserve your room at the Embassy Suites Orlando – Downtown (800-809-9708, ask for the “Souvenir Building Collectors Society” rate) before Friday, April 3, 2015 to receive the special convention rate. Click here for the Embassy Suites Website.

Click here for the Convention Schedule. See you on May 1!

Page 118 from "Souvenir Buildings, A Collection of Identified Miniatures" by Dort Fratzke Brown, Copyright 1977.  Seminal publication of miniature buildings.

Page 118 from “Souvenir Buildings, A Collection of Identified Miniatures” by Dort Fratzke Brown, Copyright 1977. Seminal publication of miniature buildings.

2015 SBCS Convention Update & Reminders

Orlando, Florida

It is just 2 months until the 2015 SBCS Convention in Orlando, Florida!

UPDATES:
Among the activities scheduled is a field trip to Lakeland to view one of the largest collections in one place of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. Other events include a tour of the SBCS Presentation of Souvenir Buildings Exhibit in the Rotunda of the Orlando City Hall, a visit to the home of a souvenir building collector, and the annual auction and raffle.

To read about Florida Southern College and the Frank Lloyd Wright connection visit William B. Carpenter’s website at http://www.franklloydwrightatfsc.com.

REMINDERS:
1. Get your hotel reservations. The rooms are going quickly. EMBASSY SUITES Orlando – Downtown. Phone 800-809-9708. Ask for Souvenir Building Collectors Society special rate!
2. Get your souvenir buildings for the City Hall Exhibit to Marty by March 14, 2015.  Click here for more information about participating in the City Hall Exhibit.  Also, you can email Marty at jakobchevy@bellsouth.net.
3. The newsletter is coming out soon with updates and registration material. We will post the Registration Materials after the Newsletter is available.

2014 Convention Finds

Stadhusett - Stockholm (City Hall - Stockholm), Sweden, height - 3”, Cast Metal.  Sticker on bottom reads, “Washfobik, Konsthantverk, Varby, Sweden.”  The City Hall was designed the National Romantic style by the architect Ragnar Ostberg and was completed in 1923.

Stadhusett – Stockholm (City Hall – Stockholm), Sweden, height – 3”, Cast Metal. Sticker on bottom reads, “Washfobik, Konsthantverk, Varby, Sweden.” The City Hall was designed the National Romantic style by the architect Ragnar Ostberg and was completed in 1923.

Russell K. shares the following: “These are two acquisitions that I consider as the most unique added to my collection as a result of the SBCS event in Nashville. Both represent major architectural monuments in Stockholm, Sweden. My wife and I have visited them during our travels to Sweden. I had not previously seen these souvenir buildings. They were formerly part of the collection of Pat Smith. Based on the number of other Swedish souvenir buildings I purchased at the swap meet that were part of her collection, I would assume she bought both pieces in Sweden. Joe K. had also brought a large number of pieces of travel literature that Pat had collected and my wife and I were pleased to be able to take a number of them that related to Scandinavia.”

Kungliga Slottet - Stockholm (Royal Palace), Sweden, height - 1 1/8”, Cast Metal, Maker unknown.  Since completion 1974 it has served as the official royal residence of the Swedish Royal family.

Kungliga Slottet – Stockholm (Royal Palace), Sweden, height – 1 1/8”, Cast Metal, Maker unknown. Since completion in 1774 it has served as the official royal residence of the Swedish Royal family.