My good Cousin Orville and I got to talking about a book we both own: Bicknells's Victorian Buildings. Both the Cousin and I noticed something familiar about one of the drawings. But before I go into that, I should go into some background:
Imagineer Harper Goff is credited with designing many of the Main Street buildings. He has stated that much of his inspiration was his home town of Fort Collins, Colorado. For example, he has said he based his design for the Disneyland City Hall on the Fort Collins Courthouse, shown below:
Now, I'm certain that many of you see the similarities between Fort Collins' and DL's City Hall. I can't deny them myself--if I squint a little.
But, as many of you may have gathered from my recent postings, I have a strong cynicism towards the Disney Company "dogma"--That whatever Disney says, is true.
I offer these prints in evidence: They show the Bay County Courthouse, Bay City, Michigan, as depicted in Bicknell's. I will let the designs speak for themselves:
Would it not be more likely that Mr. Goff had a copy of Bicknell's on his desk at the Studio as a reference, and that he designed Disneyland's iconic City Hall based on the one in Bay City, MI?
Here's Disneyland's City Hall, for reference: