Damn. It’s been a month since I updated this. Might as well before the year closes.
I haven’t done much recently but I got some work done over time as well as joining the beta for new blocks and features.
Royal Insurance Building (not photographed)
80 Broad Street
90 Broad Street
Produce Exchange Annex Buildings (x2)
Finished the Produce Exchange block
Finished the Kemble Building / Stone Webster block
Importers and Traders Building (not photographed) as well as another romanesque 8 story building, and a 2 story corner building, I believe the smallest building in the map.
Added roadway to the BB Tunnel, but have not actually done any major markings.
This photo shows the 2 complete blocks, but was taken before the Importers Building + 2 others were finished
Part 1: The beta:
With the beta available, I’ve been changing sand to the new extra smooth sandstone, as well as using the smooth stone blocks for numerous buildings. The streets are now stone instead of cobblestone, making for more of a quiet-fifties-brisk-morning feel.
One example, the only one I photographed, the Roebling Building:
Part 2: Relevant changes:
As noted before, the Fidelity Casualty Building was my 6th building. The annex was my 9th, as the two estates buildings next door were built between it and the original building. I announced about 1½ ago that I would renovate the original, and though I did it a month ago, I never showed the new product.
This was following a complete demolition and reconstruction. It took an hour.
The new one is a glorious sight to behold.
Upon looking deeper I realized the annex was pretty bad in itself: extra stories, shitty detailing, as well as an oddly positioned roof and party wall. So, rather than demolish it completely, I wrapped it up in netting and made some secretive changes, as well as demolishing and rebuilding the top 3 floors. The replacement, unsurprisingly, is a massive improvement.
Both, in their fresh and renovated forms:
And the final change to be noted of the year is the most notable, at least to me. The landmark Singer Building, holy monument to my map and the universe, had a renovation. The cap was slightly modified, and the skin was changed to brick: it has shed it’s lush red skin for a more accurate shade, to combat the duller as well as dirtier reality of the facade.
The base has been left lush red however. Compared to the tower, the base seems less dirty, even by 1967 standards when this legendary photo was taken:
View from the north over the St. Paul Building
That’s all for me this year, I might be more active soon, but I’m not sure. I’m surely not done with this, but not too motivated at the moment. I’ll update you all in 2019, but as for now, so long to a year of climactic mediocrity. I leave you with this.