Building GWR

let the sun shine in
The site prep, foundation and shell of GWR happened in the summer of 1968-69...the photos you see here are from the late summer and winter. Above, the first slide of the series, before the south side and roof are fully enclosed.
de sided
Next, a couple of photos from uphill a bit towards where Clean Air and T-5 later happened.
open door policy
A view from a slightly different angle on a beautiful day, with the icebreaker Edisto in the background.
make little rocks out of big ones
Here's a sunny day view to the southwest across Bonaparte Point. The rock crusher is to the right of the crates.
they had a blast at Palmer
Another day, here's another view of the rock crusher, the boomed-down crane with jib, and the back side of GWR.
bucket up
Looking the other way from behind the track loader seen in the
above right photo (but without the crane). The PAGEOS camera
housing is back behind GWR.
camping out in the back yard at Palmer
Here are some of the construction camp Jamesway structures in amongst the construction materials and debris that has been the focus of many of a cleanup over the year. I'm guessing that the stray rock from the blasting operations went through the roof of one of these structures. Although from this distance I can't place the location of this scene on station.
x marks the spot
Looking up at the new building from down near the seawater intake...and a met station.
rocky road
The view from a slightly different angle. The place looks strangew with all the extra rocks and without the utilidor.
tank you
A bit closer to the met station and maybe with a different lens...revealing the original fuel tank logo.
see water
From behind GWR, looking over the seawater intake and construction debris, toward Torgersen Island.
stacked up
Much later, probably toward the end of winter, here is a
view of the back of GWR with the generator stacks installed.


All of these photos are from the NOAA photo archive, specifically from the geodesy collection, taken by one of the four U. S. Army Topographic Command folks, Edward J. Davis, David R. Messent, John H. Page, and John E. Webb, who wintered in 1969 dealing with the PAGEOS project. Note that the image quality of the original slides was not the best, due to a combination of the lighting conditions and the film deterioration. I've done the best I could to improve these images.