An example of the sculpted terra cotta craftmanship of the Gladding, McBean & Co. artisans especially can be seen over an entrance of the Fresno County Hall of Records, in this panel, finished in a granite-style glaze, depicting industrious ancients, bearing fruits and grains and a counting device, perhaps conveying voting or taxation. This ornamentation helps give the structure a sense of permanence.
An example of the sculpted terra cotta craftmanship of the Gladding, McBean & Co. artisans especially can be seen over an entrance of the Fresno County Hall of Records, in this panel, finished in a granite-style glaze, depicting industrious ancients, bearing fruits and grains and a counting device, perhaps conveying voting or taxation. This ornamentation helps give the structure a sense of permanence. JOHN WALKER Fresno Bee file
An example of the sculpted terra cotta craftmanship of the Gladding, McBean & Co. artisans especially can be seen over an entrance of the Fresno County Hall of Records, in this panel, finished in a granite-style glaze, depicting industrious ancients, bearing fruits and grains and a counting device, perhaps conveying voting or taxation. This ornamentation helps give the structure a sense of permanence. JOHN WALKER Fresno Bee file

Ask Me: Ornate Fresno County Hall of Records built in Depression era

October 09, 2015 07:00 AM

UPDATED October 09, 2015 03:36 PM

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