For my architecture project I worked off a Sanborn map of Richmond from the 1880s.
From reading the blog posts of others I can see that most chose to do one or a few buildings in great detail, but when I started to work on this project, I decided to do all the buildings on the Sanborn map, if in less detail.
The section of Richmond I’ve build borders the James River and consists mainly of industrial buildings: a pair of tobacco warehouses (the large brick buildings on the left side of the main street), a flouring mill along the waterfront, and a corn mill to the right and just off screen.
Also in the map was a pair of water basins with a canal running underneath the street. I could not figure out how to make it show underground, so instead I raised the street by the canal to show the design.
I was having a lot of trouble implementing windows and doors, for reasons I could not discover why. As it turned out, I had to first apply them to the middle of the building, resize them, and then put them in the right place. Why it won’t let me put them in the right place and then resize them is a mystery, but there you go.
Issues with the details notwithstanding, this was a very fun challenge for me, and it definitely made me more comfortable with making some basic buildings in Sketchup. Though I wish I had more accessory options available for different time periods, and I wish Sketchup could make non-rectangular buildings with less headache, in the end I feel like I learned a lot and had a fair amount of fun doing so!