Birdhouses Replicate Historical Sonoma County Landmarks by Artist Greg Zirbel of NeatTweetsNovember 29th, 2011 in member junk
These three churches are vary special Sonoma County landmarks. The first one in red is the Church of One Tree in downtown Santa Rosa.
The only building that I ever painted and another vary famous building. My replica of the Church Of One Tree in Santa Rosa used to house the Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum. It’s called this because the entire church was built from one redwood tree back in 1873. To build this replica, I used the wood, hardware and nails that I salvaged from what was once the largest pig farm in Sonoma County. The steeple lifts off to fill the feeder and the left roof of the nesting box lifts off for easy cleaning.
The Church-of-One-Tree was built from one redwood tree that back in 1873 that stood 275 ft high and was 18 ft in diameter. The gigantic redwood grew in Stumptown, California (now Guerneville) with the lumber costing a total of $3000. It was the original home to the First Baptist Church of Santa Rosa and has been home to several other unique uses in more recent decades.
The second one in the center is a replica of the 1887 historical church in Kenwood uses a fantastic piece of wood representing the front of the building. Reading the history about this building told of being rolled on logs four blocks by horses to get it out of the mud was an interesting fact.
St. Teresa is another one of my personal favorites, and the sixth one I remember building in this series. Probably the most famous building ever if birds are mentioned. Alford Hitchcock made the movie “The Birds” in 1963 when I was just a year old. My replica even took a first place ribbon at the Sonoma County Fair in 1993. The wood, hardware and even the nails used to build this box were salvaged from what was once the largest pig farm in Sonoma County, just off Railroad Avenue, south of Cotati, CA.
Pattern or design used: My own design - NeatTweets Artist Greg Zirbel
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