Re: Carrara Marble


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Posted by Harold Ericsson on October 14, 2002 at 20:07:38:

In Reply to: Carrara Marble posted by David A. Wright on October 14, 2002 at 17:32:37:

Thanks for all the information. It would be of interest to know what became of the marble table tops. The interior walls of the San Pedro Post Office are lined with what is called marble but is really a limestone from the Isle la Mott in Lake Champlain Vermont, the limestone is full of fossils of Gastropoda from the middle Ordovician. On the second floor of the post office the hallway walls also had the fossiliferous limestone. During a remodeling much of the polished and beautiful stone was tossed in dumpsters. At the time of the building of the San Pedro Post Office (by the WPA, c.1938) the rock was called Radio Black because it had been use in Radio City, New York, it has since been renamed Champlain Black. When I was investigating the provenience of the limestone I mentioned to a fellow that had been working in the post office for nearly forty years something about the thousands of fossils in the post office, his reply, "What fossils?"
Birdman


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