The Chinese Room, whose name was retired following the 2016 renovation, derived from the carved teak ceiling and blackwood furniture that adorned the room on opening.
The room was furnished by the last Empress of China, Cixi. The chair incorporates a carved dragon and a phoenix, which, when combined, portends marriage.
We’ll just call him Dave but he’s a great guy and asks a very intelligent on-point question: “George where do you come to the conclusion that the Earth can only Support 200 – 500 million people?
” Honestly, it goes back to one of those bothersome “chicken and egg” questions of economics.
When the city was young, the timbers used were cedar – but when those ran out, there was a materials change to Douglas Fir…but that required creosote. The story of water quality of the Duwamish River in Seattle is instructive because, as was reported in 1945, there was already a major water pollution problem evolving: “South of the Spokane St. This plant formerly discharged some oil from cutting machines into the waterway. The oil is now directed into a large sand pit on the property which, at the present time, serves as an adequate filter.
However, in a few years this sand will probably become saturated with the oil and the waste will again seep into the waterway.
When the oak plantations matured in the mid-19th century, the masts were no longer required because shipping had changed.” If you want to pick a starting date?