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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-06-27 07:35
Subject: [help|photos] Identifying European site ca 1955-1956
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My grandfather, Colonel Dr. L.E. Lake, Sr., took this photo in Germany, or possibly elsewhere in Europe, ca. 1955-1956. We don't know where this bombed-out palace is, or anything about the place. Can anybody help identify it? The mighty LJ brain has been very helpful in previous such queries.

Ruined palace, Germany (?), 1955-1956

© 1955, 1956, L.E. Lake, Sr.

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User: daibheid
Date: 2010-06-27 15:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
i lived in germany for 4 years. where was he stationed? that might help.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-27 16:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
McGraw Kaserne, but they traveled extensively, so the picture could have been taken anywhere in West Germany or NATO/neutral Europe.
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oldcharliebrown
User: oldcharliebrown
Date: 2010-06-27 16:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Is this Zwinger Palace? (Dresden) If so, it's been rebuilt significantly since being bombed, and here's a recent photo: http://l.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/travel/tg/lp/a4/500x500_a41fca034c80ba42ecbbc0beb6acef14.jpg

But it's too hard to tell if it's the same building. The figurines are not on the current Zwinger Palace that I can see.
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User: swan_tower
Date: 2010-06-27 17:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Doesn't look like a match to me, unless they reframed all of the windows, which I find doubtful. The central part of the facade also looks differently proportioned.
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User: swan_tower
Date: 2010-06-27 19:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Looks right to me. (All hail the Internets, which can figure out anything.)
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User: daibheid
Date: 2010-06-27 19:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
looks like you've got a winner :D
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novembers_girl
User: novembers_girl
Date: 2010-06-27 21:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*nod* I too would have said New Castle (Neues Schloss) in Stuttgart. Bomed in 1944, rebuilding started in 1957 or 58.

Here's another image: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f1/NeuesSchloss_vm01.jpg
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barry_king: Ruprecht
User: barry_king
Date: 2010-06-28 01:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Ruprecht
Funny how much it influenced the New Castle in Potsdam.
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novembers_girl
User: novembers_girl
Date: 2010-06-28 08:47 (UTC)
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Do you mean Sanssouci? Friedrich the Great's sommer castle? Because that was my very first thought, but it only has one floor.
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barry_king: Ruprecht
User: barry_king
Date: 2010-06-28 10:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Ruprecht
No, Nues Palais. Notice the similar proportional arrangement of the front facade, and similar ornamentation, even down to the poses of some of the statues. Potsdam has a dome though, which would probably have collapsed if the building had been bombed.

Which it wasn't, so the dome was never missing, and also notice the slightly different arrangement of the windows at the peak. There's also the wings in J's pic.

So my guess is that the Potsdam palace was modelled on the Stuttgart one. They took out some of the heavier elements and kept a more elegant, smaller structure.
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