Sunday, November 29, 2009

Observatory | Dot . 10

Astronomical observatory cupola. Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Our office is located on s street in Dorchester, aka Dot, after which this occasional series of photographs is titled. Monadnock, as it's called, is flanked by some classic Victorian houses, each with its own eccentricities and oddities. This is one of the most unusual, a cupola which used to be the 'dome' of an astronomical observatory. The entire turret rotated on a circular track to aim the telescope in the desired direction. My guess is that the little window just below the eaves was the bottom of the opening for the telescope, the roof portion of which was later covered over and shingled. Note the classic lightning rod capping the cupola.

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