Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Salamanders

The Atlas Block is on North Last Chance
Gulch in downtown Helena, Montana.  It
was built by an insurance company as an
advertisement in 1889 and is a fine example
of Richardsonian Romanesque style.

According to mythology, salamanders are
like phoenixes and cannot be destroyed by
fire.  Thus, the stylized flames that adorn
the top of the building pose no real threat
to the salamanders playing above as Atlas
below bears the burden of the policy
holders.  That's an interesting way of
saying "we will protect you" and
admirable advertising for 1889.

The building is in superb condition.

Photographed on November 25, 2017.

Helena, Montana, historical, downtown

Helena, Montana, historical, downtown

Helena, Montana, historical, downtown

Helena, Montana, historical, downtown

Helena, Montana, historical, downtown

Helena, Montana, historical, downtown

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    1. Downtown Helena has an abundance of splendid buildings. Definitely worth a visit.

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