Introduction | Cover Page | The Blueprint | Original Concept
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Original Concept - Blueprint for a Dream
There's something magic about a carrousel! There always has been, and there always will be!
There are many factors that create the magic. From the treasured one-of-a-kind figures to the band organ music, the gold ring and the family atmosphere, the overall carrousel experience is like no other. And because of it all, it's hard to find a carrousel rider who isn't wearing a smile.
During the golden age of carrousels, the creators found yet another element that adds to the magic. They designed elaborate buildings to compliment the carrousels.
With the possibility of a new building for our Spokane carrousel, it's a good time to revisit the concepts used in designing the original building for our 1909 Looff.
Size, Width and Height:
The building was designed to be tall enough for the viewer to see the entire machine
when stepping into the doorway. The circle surrounding the carrousel was large enough
to handle the many riders anxious to climb on board,
and to allow the riders to have space to pick out their favorite horses.
The ring arm and clown target were placed in the best location for the optimum experience of
grabbing for the gold ring.
The grand park carrousels had a pit for the jumping mechanism, which also allowed for drainage from any flooding. This pit often included space for maintenance, storage or work areas.
Access to the carrousels was always at ground level. This was also a marketing
concept to lure the riders in with its bright lights, music, and the whirl of the
largest, most elegant cooling fan on the midway.
Located at the entrance of the area, it was the first welcome ride of the day and the last cooling farewell ride of the evening.
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