We visited the US Botanic Garden’s annual “Season’s Greenings” display titled “Roadside Attractions” featuring plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States, with G gauge model trains chugging around, below, through and above the displays.
Roughly half the size of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, Niles’ Leaning Tower is not a tower at all but a clever solution to hide a large water tank. Businessman Robert Ilg needed a mechanism to supply water to outdoor pools in the park he built, but he also wanted to preserve the natural beauty of the area. To that end, he built a water tower resembling the Leaning Tower of Pisa, using reinforced concrete so that its lean would stay consistent. Ilg’s outdoor pools are gone, but the tower remains as a major attraction in the city. No doubt due to shared architectural inspiration, Niles and Pisa became sister cities in 1991.
Building materials: Ash bark, birch bark, honeysuckle vine, Harry Lauder’s walking stick, cork bark, elm bark, grape vine, white stick, horse chestnut, eucalyptus pods, black walnut slices, osage orange bark, cedrela, hickory nut hulls, beechnut seeds, star anise pods, mahogany pods, wild thistle, willow, sequoia, reed
Safranbolu house, posted earlier: