My quest began simply because she said, “I’ve always wondered about that tower. The one across the river.” I found the Witch’s Hat, the tower, but I knew my mission was not complete: I had to find the second tower.
Throughout our school years, we are reminded constantly to read all of the directions carefully before beginning a test. As I continued my quest, let’s just say I didn’t read the directions carefully.
I had gone to the library to research the Norwegian architect and engineer, Frederick Cappelen, who had designed the Witch’s Hat and as I learned, he also designed a second tower, a darker tower.
[Not to insult my regular readers, but they were probably intrigued by engineers of the late 19th century and willing to read on. To any new readers who have stumbled across this page and have no interest in 19th century Norwegian engineers, stick with me. This story also includes a bald eagle and Rachel Green.]
On a quest, omens take on greater import. I was looking for a book in the Hennepin County Library on Frederick Cappelen, who moved from Norway to the United States and eventually became the Minneapolis city engineer in 1893. To find a book that is devoted to Norwegian engineers and architects working in the United States from 1879-1929 is a bit like having a neon sign pointing “your quest continues here.” Continue reading