Therefore, when we build, let us think that we build for ever.... For, indeed, the greatest glory of a building is not in its stones, nor its gold. Its glory is in its Age, and in that deep sense of voicefulness, of stern watching, of mysterious sympathy, nay, even of approval or condemnation, which we feel in walls that have long been washed by the passing waves of humanity. It is in their lasting witness against men, in their quiet contrast with the transitional character of all things, in the strength which ...maintains its sculptured shapeliness for a time insuperable, connects forgotten and following ages with each other, and half constitutes the identity, as it concentrates the sympathy of nations: it is in the golden stain of time, that we are to look for the real light, and colour, and preciousness of architecture; and it is not until a building has assumed this character, till it has been entrusted with the fame, and hallowed by the deeds of men, till its walls have been witnesses of suffering, and its pillars rise out of the shadows of death, that its existence, more lasting as it is than that of the natural objects of the world around it, can be gifted with even so much as these possess, of language and of life....


John Ruskin The Seven Lamps of Architecture [1890]ii



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Area History

The purpose of this page is to help you learn interesting facts and tidbits about the history of Hinsdale County and Lake City.  This information is part of an on-going effort to record and share the history of the area on behalf of the Hinsdale County Museum, Hinsdale County Historic Society and Lake City DIRT with funding from the Preserve America Grant. If you would like to help by transcribing recordings, interviewing or writing stories for the project please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We are also collecting personal stories and photography as part of the Lake City Memoirs project, to learn more click here