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Brick upon Brick: Unique and Interesting Steam/Victorian Builds and Buildings

All this talk of building of what is or isn’t steampunk? All this talk of let’s see something new? All this talk!? I wanna SEE something. So share, yes? Let’s see something that you’ve been staring at and wondering if you could recreate it in our digital world, OR something you would like to see.


I thought this build would be an interesting concept for a factory in The Gut or in the Canals, etc. :)


I thought this would be something cool in the Vernian or the like as it is a water world-ish build. :)

Perhaps this cute little guy could be an avi or a greeter? I thought he was adorable, and the bald creeper behind him just adds to the effect! :)


-hopes she has stirred the creative pot-

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  1. Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg August 10, 2011

    This is not steampunk, but I think it would be appropriate in a steampunk world.  And it’s also something that I would eventually like to have the skills to build myself.  It’s Count Olaf’s house from the Lemony Snicket movie.  (This is a picture of a model for the house.)


    Count Olaf'sHouse 

  2. Tesla Tripsa Tesla Tripsa August 10, 2011

    I’m definately drawn to that first pic.  I might build something along those lines when I get back to civilization.  Now where to put it….


    • Bianca Namori Bianca Namori August 10, 2011

      Exactly! Sell it as a prefab by chance? Auction it off? -shruggles-

    • Dr. Cyberusfaustus Dr. Cyberusfaustus August 11, 2011

      the foot print would be very similar to the lovely clock tower shop you made which I reside in now… you could just rework that to be more industrial.

  3. Lynn Mimistrobell Lynn Mimistrobell August 10, 2011

    Its not Steampunk, its a real life building.  I can see it updated for Steampunk though.  Still, the only building I have ever walked into in my entire life, and I stood in awe. 



    • Caesar Osterham Caesar Osterham August 10, 2011

      I have always thought that the Hagia Sophia was the most beautiful relgious building on the planet.  (Yes, I know that it’s a museum now.  But it was, at one point, the largest church in the world.)

  4. Lynn Mimistrobell Lynn Mimistrobell August 10, 2011



      • Lynn Mimistrobell Lynn Mimistrobell August 10, 2011

        Yes, even now years later, I still remember the awe of standing under that dome and looking up. 

  5. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk August 10, 2011


    good ideas with getting more hardware on the roofs. it really makes the difference.

    • Caesar Osterham Caesar Osterham August 11, 2011

      Isn’t that first one the cement factory that’s in the final scene of Dirty Harry?

  6. Leia Rossini Leia Rossini August 11, 2011

    Awesomeness!  If there was a “like” button, I’d be clicking it here  ;) 

  7. Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg August 11, 2011

    The Dirty Harry cement factory above reminded me of a park where there is an old abandoned gas refinery.  I’ve always thought it has a steampunk feel about it.


    • Caesar Osterham Caesar Osterham August 11, 2011

      Oh I completely agree with you here.  You can almost see Doc O’s minions clambering around all over it.

    • Dr. Cyberusfaustus Dr. Cyberusfaustus August 12, 2011

      I like the simplicity of the last… traditional with just the hint of steaminess… makes you wonder what the owner is doing with the add ons… now if we could just get the chimneys to steam in order or to play a song.

  8. Edward Pearse Edward Pearse August 11, 2011

    I’ve mentioned it before (even made some textures from photos) but it’s worth another mention on this thread.

    The Crossness Pumping Station.

    Not bad for a sewer pump eh?

    And some say you need to have your steampunk all dirty and rusted. Pfft!

    • Bianca Namori Bianca Namori August 11, 2011

      Oooh that IS lovely! A sewer pump? Of all things..

    • Kimika Ying Kimika Ying August 11, 2011

      Amazing! By the one picture I would have guessed some manner of grand theater building.

      ((It says a lot about the world I live in when I’m surprised by instances of beauty being allowed.))

      • Dr. Cyberusfaustus Dr. Cyberusfaustus August 11, 2011

        when was this built? That is one of the attractions of the older era, in that they still allowed beauty and wimsy in mundane objects. Now, even that which should be inspirational is made to look mundane. :-(

        • Dr. Cyberusfaustus Dr. Cyberusfaustus August 11, 2011

          come to think about it, that is one of the things I loved about the RFL factory build… lots of unnecessary decorative touches to otherwise purely functional items (like the engraved/embossed caps on the tanks).

        • Edward Pearse Edward Pearse August 12, 2011

          Built between 1859 and 1865, and abandoned in the 1950s.

          From Wikipedia:
          The station contains the four original pumping engines, which are thought to be the largest remaining rotative beam engines in the world, with 52 ton flywheels and 47 ton beams. The engines are named: Prince Consort, Victoria, Albert Edward, and Alexandra. Prince Consort was returned to steam in 2003 and now runs on Trust Open Days. The other engines are not in working order, although work has begun on the restoration of Victoria.

          Do a search for some pictures. There’s some amazing before and after photos kicking around on the web.

    • Elilka Sieyes Elilka Sieyes August 12, 2011

      Bazalgette, we salute you!!


  9. Kimika Ying Kimika Ying August 12, 2011

    Lets not forget the Vernian Sea. Is there a pub there? True, this is a diner, but the octopus machine is quite Steampunky.  (image source and larger image)



    And I must include a vehicle.  (Nathaniel!  If you don’t, I will – eventually.)  (image source) (love the expression on the pilot’s face)



    “They said I was crazy. But just wait until the zombies come. Then we will see who is laughing!”   (somewhere in Belgium, photography by Harald Finster)  

    • Elilka Sieyes Elilka Sieyes August 12, 2011

      I love the underwater diner!

    • Yang Moreau Yang Moreau August 12, 2011

      I have a half finished underwater sushi bar I made before coming to New Babbage, but I couldn’t afford a place for it. I doubt it’s really steampunk enough or even Victorian or Jules Vernish aesthetic enough to fit though.

  10. Nathaniel Lorefield Nathaniel Lorefield August 12, 2011

    If I knew it had a home I would be tempted to build something like that pumping station. seeing those massive engines in motion must be a real treat.

    • Bianca Namori Bianca Namori August 13, 2011

      Build it anyway, then show it off. You never know, someone MIGHT make a home for it. :)

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