I've had my eye out for a scale model in HOn3 with no luck so far. Looks like a scratchbuild is in order, though my skills aren't quite up to chops yet. I did find a really well done Church/High School Gym/Public & Dance Hall/Community Center & Theater/City Council Headquarters building. From it's purchase and construction new in 1863 through the recent restoration and improved. Thought it might be of interest to others, as it's such an interesting building, and now we can really see the interior as it was built from inside during the restoration project.
Howdy Chriss...There probably are (or should be) plans, drawings for this structure. You might PM Keith Pashina here on FR. He is the authority on all things Gilpin Tram. Not just here but everywhere else. Keith just might know where the plans can be found.
Good luck with your quest.
I plan on seeing Keith in Denver at the Narrow Gauge Convention this year. I was hoping Mike Blazek would have them, but I don't see any plans in his Gilpin Structures Books, I don't have any of those yet as a set is quite expensive @ $308.40
That’s really neat. So cool that they rebuilt it like that. It’s always sad when I see a former church (or school building) for some reason. I think of all the weddings, funerals, and work the congregation put into it, and now it’s no longer used for that reason (or any other, if it’s abandoned). Only abandoned roads and RR tracks depress me more than that.
One of the things I wish I’d room to model was a church, as my layout takes place in the Blue Ridge area of Tennessee. That’s called the “Bible belt” for good reason. Even to this day, there’s a string of churches up and down every valley and community that would make you wonder if there were enough people to attend them all on a Sunday. Modeling that place in the 1940s, when my parents have confirmed everyone went to Church back then, it doesn’t seem right not to have a church. But my layout is so small and I barely had room for even one good homestead, so a church never was anything I seriously looked into building. I’m not religious, but I really wish I’d room to justify building an old-timey church!
A little over an hour’s drive from me is a tiny little (18X24 feet) Lutheran church that would be perfect to model, but would probably look odd without knowing it really is this small in real life:
Lots of train fans have gone past this one, as it’s right across a dirt parking lot from where people board trains at the Mt Rainier Scenic RR!
In HO there have been the Bodie Methodist Church by Classic Miniatures, now Trout Creek and Main Street Heritage offered their "First Community Church" which is now out of production, but has classic lines like the Blackhawk Presbyterian.
Churches are a mainstay of an earlier United States. Great stuff. Haven't been to Blackhawk since gambling was legalized. Thanks Chriss.
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This photo is why I enjoy Blackhawk and Gilpin County Colorado so much. Everything you would expect from an old western mining town to model, note the ore car track on the hill to the right, huge mills/mines on the background hillside and modelers dream of a western town.