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Elevated Buildings
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Elevated buildings are those which, for myriad reasons, were constructed with the desire that they not be in contact with Terra Firma. They may occur in various forms, the predominant one being that of a relatively small building elevated well above the earth by posts or columns. These may be elevated caches, granaries or warehouses constructed for storage of food or supplies, fishing huts, bird watching or hunting blinds, or fire lookout towers.
Expanded Description:
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It is likely that the oldest extant example of an Elevated Building would be the Hórreo, a stone building elevated upon stone pillars. Similar structures have been used for the storage of foodstuffs since the Roman times, the idea being to prevent the incursion of animals and ground moisture, thereby spoiling that which is stored within. Examples have been found in much of Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Polynesia, Australia, New Zealand and the Americas. Even earlier, in the Stone and Bronze Ages (4000 – 800 BC) European cultures were living in Stilt Houses on various lakes.

A secondary, and much more contemporary, form which this category chooses to encompass is the commercial, or tourism oriented, "tower", usually supported well above the ground by a central column or structure, such as Calgary Tower, the Seattle Space Needle, or Toronto's CN Tower.
Elevated Buildings Around the World
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Okinawa Spain
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Switzerland Sweden
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Missoula, MT U.S.A. Orient, WA U.S.A.
Instructions for Posting a Elevated Buildings Waymark:
PLEASE read ALL the requirements before submitting
Merriam-Webster defines a building to be simply: "a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)".
The Cambridge English Dictionary definition is similar.
  • This category will accept elevated buildings which are entirely residential, whether permanent residences, beach or lake rental properties, hotels/motels or condominiums.

    Unacceptable are:
    • silo style grain bins with conical floors, whether of steel, fibreglass or other material
    • Air Traffic Control Towers of any sort
    • Water Towers
    • Lighthouses NOT elevated by, stilts, posts, poles or a framework. All conventional lighthouses consisting of a continuous tower will not be accepted.
    • Small elevated structures, i.e. enclosed weather instruments
    • Enclosed structures which are elevated within a larger structure.
      These will be deemed not acceptable if, in the absence of the larger structure, they would no longer function as useable buildings.

  • Multiple Elevated Buildings at a single site should be submitted as a single Waymark if they are historically, thematically and architecturally related.
    Example: Stilt houses in Unteruhldingen
    Otherwise they may be submitted individually. The discretion of the officers may be brought to bear in this regard.
  • This category will gladly accept any building (though see above) which is only partially elevated above the ground, such as those built on hillsides, IF they have at least 50% of their floor area obviously clear of the ground.
  • Buildings elevated above water are acceptable as, after all, they are elevated above ground but happen to have a layer of water between building and earth.
  • Submissions must be accompanied by:
    • At least 2 (two) photos of the elevated building, taken by the submitter, including, as much as is possible, a closeup and a separate overall view, allowing visitors to obtain a good overall perspective of the building.
    • At least 3 (three) sentences of description and/or historical context, composed by the submitter.
  • The inclusion of quoted text from an outside source, detailing either the building itself or its history, is encouraged. Quoted text must be presented in such a fashion as to make it easily distinguishable from any other text, through the use of quotes, quotes and italics, or placement within a "blockquote" or similar HTML container. Attribution, in the form of an appropriate URL, must immediately follow.
  • Submissions must include a translation in English, if English is not your native language.
  • The title of submitted Waymarks must include a name or designation for the elevated building, followed by its town or location, presented in the following format: Name - Town(, optional region)
    Country is not necessary as it appears below the title.
    Province, state, canton, department, etc. also are not necessary, as long as they can be selected from the drop down "State / Province:" selector.
  • Signage - Please include a legible, closeup photo of any signage encountered at the site, in particular those which contain architectural or historical information. Said photo must not be included in the 2 photo requirement, above. Text from the signage need not be included when accompanied by a legible photo.
PLEASE read ALL the requirements before submitting
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
You must include both a photo of the Elevated Building visited and any impressions or comments you have concerning the building. Any new information on the building you might have would be appreciated, as well.
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