The Wilkins Building is part of University College London, and houses the university’s main library underneath its octagon dome.
History of the Wilkins Building
University College London (known as UCL), was founded in February 1826 as London University – it was widely seen as an Anglican alternative to the existing universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Many regard the philosopher Jeremy Bentham as the ‘spiritual father’ of UCL – his radical ideas on educational reform and critiques of society and establishment were certainly an inspiration to the university’s founders.
The Wilkins Building was designed by the architect William Wilkins in 1827 – originally designed to be much larger, funds began to run dry and Wilkins’ original plans were only completed in the late 20th century. It encompasses the Main Library, Flaxman Gallery, Cloisters and Dome. The classical, temple-esqe façade was typical of the neo-Classical architecture of the time, and remains somewhat iconic.
In 1836, the university was formally incorporated into the wider University of London as University College – King’s College was the other member. In 1878, the University of London became the first university (along with the University of Bristol) to be allowed to award degrees to women – although they were not permitted to study medicine until the First World War.
The university was heavily bombed during the Second World War – its central location meant it was a target for the Luftwaffe – and almost all of the departments and faculties were relocated elsewhere in the UK. Throughout the 20th century, it continued to develop and now has departments dedicated to specialist and cutting edge research of all kinds. It remains a world-class university producing pioneering research.
The Wilkins Building today
The Wilkins Building is open to visitors who wish to visit the Main LIbrary or UCL’s art museum, which has a collection of prints and drawings by Old Masters, including Dürer, Rembrandt, Turner and Constable, as well as graduates of the Slade School of Art (an extension of UCL), including works by Paula Rego and Jenny Saville. The 19th century sculptures of John Flaxman can be visited in the dedicated Flaxman Museum. There’s a small shop on site and plenty of cafes in the vicinity.
Getting to the Wilkins Building
UCL is located in Bloomsbury, in the heart of central London. The nearest tube stations are Euston Square (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City) & Goodge Street (Northern Line), and buses 18, 30, 73, 134 and 205 stop 1 minute away on the Euston Road.
Designed by Hammel Green and Abrahamson, Inc. (HGA) , this venue opened in 1998 to complement the existing Roy Wilkins Auditorium and St Paul Civic Center. Shortly after opening, the Civic Center was demolished and ground was broken to build Xcel Energy Center. Since then, Saint Paul RiverCentre has become a renowned location for events of all types to help support communities, make a positive impact, create vibrancy and foster connections.
The architecture and style of the building are comprised of many materials from Saint Paul and greater Minnesota including brick and wood from the north woods. Windows were the main focus of the design, providing a beautiful view of the river from the bluff. Inside this venue, guests will discover unique works from Public Art Saint Paul, including etched glass windows and an award-winning terrazzo floor.
Renowned for its leadership in sustainability. This venue is part of a campus that was one of the first venues to offer front of house organics composting to its guests. It was the first building to achieve sustainability certifications from LEED, Green Globes and APEX / ASTM. It continues to operate in a manner to support sustainable events and operations.
- Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
- Adjacent to Xcel Energy Center and The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium
- 2004 National Hockey League All Star FANtasy event
- 2006 USA Gymnastics National Championships
- 2008 Republican National Convention Media Headquarters
- 2018 NFL SuperBowl Taste of the NFL "Party with a Purpose"
- 2018 NFL Media Day Site
- Multiple visits by United States presidents and other world dignitaries
- Education Minnesota&rsquos MEA Conference
- American Craft Council - Saint Paul Fine Craft Show
- Donnie Smith Invitational Bike Show
- Festival of Nations
- Hmong New Year Celebration
- Let&rsquos Play Hockey Expo
- Minnesota Home & Patio Show
- Minnesota Sportsmen's Show
- Minnesota State High School League Events
- Saint Paul Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show
- Starkey Hearing Foundation&rsquos &ldquoSo the World May Hear&rdquo Gala
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175 West Kellogg Boulevard
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Discovering the Structure of DNA
The molecule that is the basis for heredity, DNA, contains the patterns for constructing proteins in the body, including the various enzymes. A new understanding of heredity and hereditary disease was possible once it was determined that DNA consists of two chains twisted around each other, or double helixes, of alternating phosphate and sugar groups, and that the two chains are held together by hydrogen bonds between pairs of organic bases—adenine (A) with thymine (T), and guanine (G) with cytosine (C). Modern biotechnology also has its basis in the structural knowledge of DNA—in this case the scientist’s ability to modify the DNA of host cells that will then produce a desired product, for example, insulin.
The background for the work of the four scientists was formed by several scientific breakthroughs: the progress made by X-ray crystallographers in studying organic macromolecules the growing evidence supplied by geneticists that it was DNA, not protein, in chromosomes that was responsible for heredity Erwin Chargaff’s experimental finding that there are equal numbers of A and T bases and of G and C bases in DNA and Linus Pauling’s discovery that the molecules of some proteins have helical shapes—arrived at through the use of atomic models and a keen knowledge of the possible disposition of various atoms.
The history of foreign investment in the United States to 1914
A developing country: 1607-1874 -- The earliest investments: 1607-1776 -- Political independence/economic dependence: 1776-1803 -- A half century of development: 1803-1853 -- The perilous decades at mid-century: 1854-1874 -- The world's greatest debtor nation: 1875-1914 -- The setting -- Railroads and land -- Precious metals and coal, iron, steel -- Other minerals: copper to oil -- Food, drink, tobacco, and grocery products -- Textiles, apparel, leather goods, and related products -- The chemical industry -- Other manufacturing -- Banking services -- Financial, commercial, and communication services -- Other services -- The reactions to foreign investment in the United States
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Sutro Historical District
Adolph Heinrich Joseph Sutro (April 29, 1830 – August 8, 1898) was the 24th mayor of San Francisco from 1894 until 1896. Born in Aachen, Prussia, Sutro was educated as an engineer and arrived in the United States in 1850 at the age of twenty. He made his considerable fortune by de-watering and de-gassing the mine shafts of the Comstock Lode in Nevada.
After returning from the Comstock in 1879 he increased his wealth by large real estate investments in San Francisco such as Land’s End, Mount Sutro, and Mount Davidson. He built a modest yet unique estate in what is now Sutro Heights Park. Sutro opened his estate to the public and was heralded as a populist for various projects that benefitted the general population.
Sutro’s reputation as a provider of diversions and culture for the average person led the Populist Party to draft him to run for mayor. He won on an anti-big business platform but was not considered a successful mayor—his political career lasted a short two years. At the time of his death, in 1898, his fortune was extensive and his legal affairs in disarray. As a result, his heirs fought bitterly over his holdings. For additional information about this fascinating man, follow the links below.Just north of the Cliff House are the historically protected ruins of the once grand Sutro Baths built by Adolph Sutro. Sutro had been developing the project for years, attempting four separate times to insulate the site from waves using sea walls, the first three of which collapsed into the Pacific Ocean. On March 14, 1896 the Sutro Baths finally opened to a dazzled public at a cost of more than $500,000. Spread over three acres, the artistic detail and engineering ingenuity were impressive.
A classic Greek portal opened to a massive glass enclosure containing one fresh water tank and six salt-water tanks, all at various temperatures. Together the pools held 1,685,000 gallons of seawater and could be filled or emptied in one hour by the high or low tides. There were 20,000 bathing suits and 40,000 towels for rent as well as slides, trapezes, springboards, and a high dive for up to 1,600 bathers.
The building contained three restaurants that could accommodate 1,000 people at a seating and was stocked with treasures that Sutro had collected during his travels. A 3,700-seat amphitheater provided entertainment and up to 25,000 people could visit each day for a mere 10 cents (25 cents for swimming). Sutro’s dream was realized as the San Francisco populace streamed to the baths riding the excursion railroad he built to reach them. The railroad grade still exists as a walking trail along the Land’s End cliffs.ours.
By 1937 Sutro’s grandson realized the baths were no longer commercially successful so he converted the large tank into an ice skating rink. Sutro Baths never regained its popularity and the ice-skating revenue was not enough to maintain the enormous building. George Whitney purchased the Sutro Baths in 1952 from Sutro’s grandson and in 1966, the site was sold to land developers who began demolition so they could build high-rise apartments. A fire quickly finished the demolition work and thus ended the 80-year history of Sutro Baths.
Today you can explore the remains of Sutro Baths and imagine the elegance of life here at the turn of the century. The baths became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 1973 and are still popular for the scenic and recreational values recognized by Adolph Sutro over 100 years ago.
Adolph Sutro first encountered the future site of his Sutro Heights home in March of 1881 while on a visit with his daughter Emma to the home of Samuel Tetlow. Legend has it that Sutro was so entranced with the site that he made a deposit of $1,000 (on a total sale price of $15,000) for the cottage and an adjoining 1.65 acres that very afternoon. Sutro acquired the 21.21 acres adjacent to the cottage as well as 80 acres of shore lands bordering Fort Miley and part of the future Lincoln Park. This land included The Cliff House.
Sutro’s renovation of the cottage retained its relatively modest appearance, belying its ownership by a man of Sutro’s wealth and stature. In contrast to his restraint at renovation of the cottage, Sutro concentrated his efforts on the immediate development of elaborate gardens that eventually would cover the twenty-acre site.
Until the early 1920s the gardens remained in relatively good condition. The gardens’ condition declined after Dr. Emma Sutro Merritt deeded maintenance to the City in 1933, and it accelerated after her death in 1938. In 1976, the City of San Francisco transferred ownership of Sutro Heights to the National Park Service, to be managed as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. National Park Service management efforts since that time have attempted to identify and preserve the historic features remaining on the site.
Sutro Heights today continues to provide open space for strolling or other forms of passive recreation but presents a simpler appearance than in its heyday. The main entrance to Sutro Heights Park off Point Lobos Avenue is marked by statuary lions on each side that are reproductions of the originals. Palm Avenue, the broad promenade, is lined still, in part, by palm trees. Intermittent groupings of trees and shrubs—scant reminders of Sutro’s complex planting arrangements—still survive, as does the well house. There are still views of the ocean and surrounding coast from the semi-circular parapet located at the western end of the site, and at intervals along the oceanfront side of the park.
The History and Significance of the Adolph Sutro Historic District:
excerpts from the National Register of Historic Places
Nomination Form prepared in 2000
James P. Delgado, Denise Bradley, Paul M. Scolari, Stephen A. Haller
To read the full text of this article click here.
About the building
In April 1824 the House of Commons agreed to pay £57,000 for the picture collection of the banker John Julius Angerstein. His 38 pictures were intended to form the core of a new national collection, for the enjoyment and education of all. The pictures were displayed at Angerstein's house at 100 Pall Mall until a dedicated gallery building was constructed.
The size of the building – Angerstein's house – was compared unfavourably with other national art galleries, such as the Louvre in Paris, and ridiculed in the press.
Wilkins Building - History
Carlsbad, Calif. (October 9, 2020) &mdash Sound United LLC , parent company to Denon , Polk Audio , Marantz , Definitive Technology , Classé , and Boston Acoustics , today announced that it has finalized the acquisition of Bowers & Wilkins, a leading designer and manufacturer of luxury home audio speakers, headphones, custom installation products, wireless speakers, and branded audio systems in the automotive and television markets.
&ldquoAcquiring Bowers & Wilkins combines its industry-leading acoustic design, engineering and manufacturing expertise in the premium category with Sound United&rsquos scale, technical acumen and consumer reach to ensure Bowers & Wilkins thrives moving forward,&rdquo said Kevin Duffy, CEO at Sound United. &ldquoSound United has a strong track record of enthusiastically protecting each of its brands&rsquo unique identities and core competencies, and our approach with Bowers & Wilkins will be no different. In fact, we believe the entire portfolio stands to benefit from the addition of Bowers & Wilkins, which in turn translates into exciting new products, technologies and opportunities for our consumers, distributors, dealers, and all audio enthusiasts around the world.&rdquo
Geoff Edwards will ensure continuity by becoming President of the Bowers & Wilkins brand at Sound United. The acquisition includes all worldwide third-party distribution and licensing agreements under which Bowers & Wilkins premium audio products are currently sold. Investing in additional brands enables Sound United to better innovate across product categories, feature sets, technology partners, and consumer segments. As part of the acquisition, Sound United is eager to support the development of new Bowers & Wilkins products to support the brand&rsquos position in the premium acoustic home audio market.
&ldquoThis acquisition represents a new era for Bowers & Wilkins and offers a fresh opportunity to focus on what we do best, building the industry&rsquos finest loudspeakers,&rdquo said Geoff Edwards, CEO of Bowers & Wilkins. &ldquoWe&rsquore looking forward to combining our organizations and becoming a part of the industry&rsquos strongest portfolio of premium audio brands.&rdquo
Sound United is a portfolio company of Boston-based private equity firm Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC. Houlihan Lokey served as the exclusive financial advisor to Bowers & Wilkins.
About Sound United
Sound United was founded in 2012 with a simple mission &ndash to bring joy to the world through sound. Today, we&rsquore one of the world&rsquos largest portfolio audio companies and home to several legendary audio brands&mdashDenon®, Marantz®, Polk Audio, Classé, Definitive Technology, HEOS, and Boston Acoustics®. Each brand boasts its own philosophy and unique approach to bringing home entertainment to life.
With centuries of collective experience, Sound United oversees the design and manufacture of a diverse array of premium audio products, including loudspeakers, sound bars, AV receivers, wireless speakers, amplifiers, turntables, and headphones. We create distinct and memorable listening experiences for a wide range of consumers in more than 130 countries. For more information on Sound United and our mission, please visit www.soundunited.com .
About Bowers & Wilkins
Bowers & Wilkins, founded in the U.K. in 1966, has been at the forefront of high-performance audio technology for more than 50 years. Bowers & Wilkins designs and manufactures precision home speakers, headphones, custom installation and performance car audio products that set new standards for innovation and sound quality, earning countless awards and accolades from the world's leading recording studios and musicians. Bowers & Wilkins' reputation is based on the unwavering pursuit of the best possible sound and an unsurpassable music listening experience. Learn more at www.bowerswilkins.com .
Statements in this news release that are not statements of historical fact include forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of the company. We wish to caution you that such statements are just predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties surrounding competitive and industry conditions, regulatory approvals, shareholder approvals of any transaction, market impacts of the proposed acquisition, supply chain and distributor impacts of the proposed acquisition, the ability to launch products on time and enable new features sets, market acceptance for the combined organization&rsquos products and distribution plans, risks of litigation, technological changes, developing industry standards and other factors related to the company&rsquos businesses. The Company reserves all of its rights.
History & facts: What you need to know about Ellicott City
Ellicott City was battered by intense rain and flooding Saturday evening in a storm that killed two people and caused massive destruction in the downtown district. Before the city in Howard County, Maryland received national attention for its weather-related tragedy, tourists and history buffs recognized it as a go-to place for small-town charm.
The unincorporated community lies on the west bank of the Patapsco River and around 10 miles from metropolitan Baltimore. The community of more than 65,000 people features historic railroad and building tours, a variety of restaurants and small businesses.
Here are some other key facts about the place with the "Charming Historic American Main Street."
- Pronunciation: Ellicott (ELL-eh-kit) City
- Population: 65,834, according to the 2010 U.S. Census
- Ellicott City was named a top place to live by CNN Money in 2010 and Money Magazine in 2006.
- The community was established by the milling industry in the late 1700s. Quaker brothers Joseph, Andrew and John Ellicott founded Ellicott's Mills after purchasing land west of Baltimore in 1772, according to a 1865 historical account by Martha Ellicott Tyson. The mills ground wheat and other grains after the brothers persuaded local farmers not to plant tobacco.
- Settlers called the area "The Hollow" for the valley characterized by steep hills, according to Ellicott Tyson.
- The Wilkins-Rogers plant produces Washington brand flour on the original Ellicott mill site. The plant is the only remaining grist mill in Maryland, according to Howard County tourism.
- The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum has a historic station in the city. The museum, located in Baltimore, features "the oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world," according to the site's webpage. The Ellicott City location is the oldest U.S. station, featuring a depot built in 1831.
- A coal train derailed in the community in 2012, killing two women that were sitting on the bridge that carried the tracks over Main Street along the Patapsco River. A broken rail was blamed for the incident.
- The city is home to Banneker Historical Park, a 142-acre park and museum dedicated to Benjamin Banneker who was a leading African American scientist during the late 1700s the Ellicott City Colored School, the first school built with public funds in Howard County for students of color and the Elkridge Furnace Inn, a stop on the Underground Railroad.
- Banneker and Andrew Ellicott were chosen to survey the boundaries of the new U.S. capital in Washington D.C. in 1791.
- Lew Wallace, a general for the Union army, rested in Ellicott City during the Civil War, according to Howard County. Wallace is known for writing "Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ" in 1880.
- The flooding on Saturday was the worst since Tropical Storm Agnes in 1972, residents said. The community is prone to flooding with its close proximity to the river and steep granite rock formations.
- A wooden post beneath the bridge carrying motorists over the Patapsco River is dotted with markers noting the highest recorded crests on the river.
Baltimore Sun reporter Kevin Rector contributed to this article.
WILKINS SETTLED SEX-HARASSMENT CASE
Virginia House of Delegates Speaker S. Vance Wilkins Jr., R-Amherst, paid at least $100,000 last year to settle a sexual harassment complaint by a woman who said he repeatedly made unwelcome advances on her in the warehouse complex where his legislative office was located, according to sources familiar with the settlement.
Wilkins, 65, reached the out-of-court settlement with Jennifer L. Thompson, 26, a former clerical worker at Wilkins Construction Co., just outside this small central Virginia town that has been the Republican's political base for 24 years in the General Assembly. Wilkins sold the construction company years earlier but had kept his legislative office in the same complex.
The construction company's top two officers said Thompson described a series of unwelcome sexual advances by Wilkins, which occurred over several weeks early last summer, that included him groping and pinning her against office furniture. Friends and supporters of Thompson said the size of the settlement reflected the seriousness of her complaint against Wilkins. Thompson did not formally file suit, and her allegations were not judged by a trial court.
Wilkins' attorney, Anthony F. Troy, issued a statement Thursday on the speaker's behalf, saying Wilkins "denies any allegations that (Thompson) made and beyond that is not commenting."
As part of the settlement, Wilkins, Thompson and their attorneys, as well as several other individuals familiar with the matter, signed a confidentiality agreement that prohibited them from discussing it.
Two sources familiar with the settlement said it was at least $100,000, but not much more.
"This is something that shouldn't be swept under the table," said Donald L. Branscome, who in 1991 purchased the bridge- and road-building company that was founded by Wilkins' father. "He is the speaker of the House, writing laws and talking about moral character and family values. And then he goes and grabs this girl. He should have family values himself."
Wilkins Construction Co. President Donald R. Cantore said he confronted Wilkins about Thompson's allegations and that Wilkins flatly denied them.
"But I wouldn't accept it," Cantore said. "I told him he was persona non grata in my eyes."
Thompson's father, Harvey Woodrow Thompson Jr., said his daughter had spoken to him in general terms about the alleged harassment, adding she was still shaken by what happened.
"It had a real bad effect," said Thompson. "It was terrible. He put himself on her. It's hard when it follows her every day."
Jennifer Thompson's harassment allegations and the subsequent settlement have been the talk of this closely knit community for months, according to a number of business leaders and working people. Wilkins Construction employs more than 50 people, and the speaker has a wide circle of local acquaintances, several of whom said they had heard about Thompson's complaint. In addition, Thompson's family and friends, several of whom live in the blue-collar enclave of nearby Madison Heights, said they had heard about her complaint and the out-of-court settlement.
Wilkins is a formidable figure in these parts, not only because of his longevity in office, but also because of the enormous political power he wields statewide as speaker of the 100-member House, which has a Republican majority of 64 members. Wilkins spent two decades building that majority almost single-handedly, and his GOP colleagues rewarded him by electing him speaker in 2000, after Republicans captured the statehouse for the first time in Virginia history.
When a reporter informed Wilkins last week that a story was being prepared about him and Thompson, Wilkins' initial response was: "What does she say? What is she saying?"
He declined to answer questions related to the harassment allegations and the out-of-court settlement, including whether he thought the matter impaired his leadership of the House.
Cantore said he learned of Thompson's grievances in early August, when he returned from a vacation and was told by a colleague that Thompson was distraught and he should talk to her.
"I sat her down, and she told me that he had sexually accosted her several times," touching Thompson inappropriately and pinning her against office furniture on different occasions that summer, Cantore said. Thompson, who had been on the job only a few months, told Cantore that Wilkins had said no one would believe her if she accused the House speaker of misconduct, Cantore added.
Cantore said Thompson also told him that Wilkins generally made advances on Fridays, when, because of a job-sharing arrangement with another secretary, she was in the office by herself.
Ronnie L. Morris, a driver and shop manager at the firm, said he witnessed Wilkins acting inappropriately toward Thompson, but he declined to elaborate. Cantore said Morris was the employee who encouraged him to sit down with Thompson.
Branscome said he believed Thompson's story, as related by Cantore, and that the two of them promptly consulted a lawyer, Harris D. Butler III of Richmond, an expert on employment and workplace law.
According to Cantore and other sources, Butler hired a private investigator to check the accuracy of Thompson's story and later drafted a civil complaint against Wilkins, alleging that there was evidence that the speaker had committed sexual battery.
Sources familiar with the settlement agreement -- it was signed by eight to 10 people -- said Thompson wanted to pursue criminal charges against Wilkins, but that Butler dissuaded her, saying such a trial would have been too time-consuming, with much greater burdens of proof than a potential civil case.
Under the terms of the settlement, Wilkins relinquished his office in the construction company complex, Cantore said. Wilkins asked Cantore and Branscome to agree to keep the matter confidential, but the two company officials declined, they said.
Tea room rises from Younkers' ashes as modern events venueCLOSE
The historic Tea Room has reopened as an event space on the top floor of the Wilkins Building, the former home of the downtown Des Moines Younkers department store.
Inside the remodeled Tea Room, decorated and restored to emulate the way the space looked in the 1920s and 1930s, on the sixth floor of the Wilkins Building, and former home of the Younkers department store, on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in downtown Des Moines. (Photo: Kelsey Kremer/The Register) Buy Photo
More than three years after fire nearly destroyed the iconic downtown Des Moines restaurant, the former Younkers Tea Room has a new look and a new mission.
Once a ballroom and lunch venue known for its rarebit burgers, chicken salad and cinnamon rolls, The Tea Room has reopened as an event space for receptions, parties, galas and meetings.
Gone are the floral drapes and heavy dark carpet, dark walls and ornate lighting. They've been replaced with light colors and minimal decor.
There were years of neglect after the Younkers department store closed in 2005 and the building was shuttered. Then came the devastating fire in 2014 that nearly erased all of the historic tea room's remaining glory.
Rechristened as The Tea Room — the Younkers name now gone — the venue hosted its first official event last week.
“It is over and above what I thought it could be,” said Katy Nelson, who operates the venue with her father, Mark Nelson, through a partnership with the building owner Blackbird Investments. “Walking in here the first time last July (2016), it was a mess.”
The Tea Room takes up the entire top floor of the six-story Wilkins Building at Seventh and Walnut streets.
Once half of the Younkers department store, the Wilkins Building was spared the worst of the 2014 fire, which leveled its sister building to the east. A giant hole still exists where that building once stood.
Katy and Mark Nelson, the daughter and father team that own Scenic Route Bakery, are creating a new company that will manage the historic Younkers Tea Room. (Photo: Angelo Rossi/Special to The Register)
But smoke and water damage left the tea room a crumbling and charred disaster.
The Alexander Co. of Madison, Wisconsin, was renovating the building at the time of the fire. The historic building restoration company considered resuming work but ended up selling the property to Blackbird in 2015. The Des Moines-based developer assembled a team from Neuman-Monson Architects, Weitz Co. construction and Modus Engineering to finish the job.
It partnered with the Nelsons, who own and operate Scenic Route Bakery in the East Village, to manage the space.
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