- City Guides
Clockwork Alchemy Presentations
Links to places and websites mentioned during my Clockwork Alchemy presentations.
Steampunk Travel Guide
826 Valencia Pirate Supply Store (San Francisco) — The pirate supplies raise funds for 826 Valencia, a non-profit that aims to develop writing skills among children and young adults. The organization has inspired similar projects in other cities.
Alchemist Bar & Lounge (San Francisco) — Steampunk-themed bar near AT&T Park.
B&O Railroad Museum (Baltimore) — One of the top railroad museums.
Boulton & Watt (New York) — This bar and restaurant in Manhattan's East Village is named for steam engine pioneers Matthew Boulton and James Watt.
Bradbury Building (Los Angeles) — This architectural landmark in downtown L.A. is one that I missed during the presentation. It's a popular filming location.
Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store (Brooklyn) — Another fundraising vehicle for a local nonprofit that provides tutoring services.
Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation (Waltham, Mass.) — Exhibits related to the Industrial Revolution.
Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium (Beaverton, Ore.) — A "Steampunk Tea Room."
Crabtrees New York & Main (Huntington, NY) — This bar and restaurant from chef Andrew Crabtree has a steampunk-inspired interior.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) — The home of the Steampunk Tree House.
Dr. Evermor's Forevertron (Sumpter, Wis.) — Another one I missed during the presentation. It's a huge scrap metal sculpture that was featured in The Steampunk Bible. It's located about 30 miles northwest of Madison.
The Echo Park Time Travel Mart (Los Angeles) — Another fundraising vehicle for a local nonprofit that provides tutoring services.
The Edison (Los Angeles) — This restaurant, housed in an old powerplant in downtown LA, is designed to resemble a 1920s speakeasy.
The Edison (Orlando) — A new "Industrial Gothic" themed restaurant at the Disney World Resort in Orlando.
Eureka! (Mountain View) — This restaurant in downtown Mountain View has a steampunk design aesthetic.
The Franklin Institute (Philadelphia) — The Franklin Institute is home to Maillardet's automaton, a 19th century "clockwork robot" that draws sketches and writes poems.
George Peabody Library (Baltimore) — The George Peabody Library houses a large collection of books from the 19th century. It's known for its spectacular interior.
The Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute (Roxbury, Mass.) — Another fundraising vehicle for a local nonprofit that provides tutoring services.
Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. (Seattle) — Another fundraising vehicle for a local nonprofit that provides tutoring services.
Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington, Del.) — This museum has a large collection of 19th century patent models.
Half Moon Bay Distillery (Half Moon Bay) — Distilleries can look "steampunk" without even trying. This one offers tours.
Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (Cambridge, Mass.) — This collection consists of historic scientific instruments amassed by Harvard University since 1672.
Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (Dearborn, Mich.) — A gargantuan museum of history and technology.
History Park (San Jose) — An indoor/outdoor museum with many preserved historic buildings.
Hoxton Street Monster Supplies (London) — Another fundraising vehicle for a local nonprofit that provides tutoring services. The website is brilliant. Use the hamburger menu at the top to view translations for mummies, vampire bats, werewolves and zombies.
Krazy Owls (Charleston, SC) — Steampunk-themed sports bar.
Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair (Ann Arbor) — Another fundraising vehicle for a local nonprofit that provides tutoring services.
The Mar Vista Time Travel Mart (Los Angeles) — Another fundraising vehicle for a local nonprofit that provides tutoring services.
Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ) — Home of the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata.
Musee Mecanique (San Francisco) — A museum of penny arcade games and other artifacts at Fisherman's Wharf. It includes mechanical music machines and a steam-powered motorcycle.
Mütter Museum (Philadelphia) — A museum of medical oddities.
Sanfilippo Foundation (Chicago) — The foundation maintains a notable collection of antique music machines plus restored steam engines, an 1881 Grant steam locomotive and the Eden Palais Carousel built in 1890.
SS Jeremiah O'Brien (San Francisco) — This WWII Liberty Ship at Fisherman's Wharf has a large engine room that was a filming location for the 1997 movie "Titanic."
St. George Spirits (Alameda) — Distilleries can look "steampunk" without even trying. This one offers tours.
Steampunk Coffee Roasters (Natchez, Miss.) — A steampunk-themed coffee house.
Tivoli’s Astounding Magic Supply Company (Washington, DC) — Another fundraising vehicle for a local nonprofit that provides tutoring services.
The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen (Orlando) — This steampunk-themed eatery is part of the Universal CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort.
Urban Putt (San Francisco) — This restaurant in San Francisco's Mission District has an indoor miniature golf course with steampunk-inspired designs.
USS Pampanito (San Francisco) — A WWII-era submarine at Fisherman's Wharf.
Wagner Free Institute of Science (Philadelphia) — This natural history museum has been described as "a rare surviving example of a Victorian era scientific society."
The Way Station (Brooklyn) — A "nerd bar" in Brooklyn run by a science-fiction author. It includes a TARDIS!
Whitechapel SF (San Francisco) — This gin bar in San Francisco's Tenderloin is themed as an 1890 London Underground station.
The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. (Chicago) — Another fundraising vehicle for a local nonprofit that provides tutoring services.
Steampunk Web Design
Doc Phineas website — This website uses the Retro WordPress theme. Any other steampunk sites will now look unoriginal if they use that theme.
Dr Grordbort's Infallible Aether Oscillators — Cool-looking steampunk site, but it's not mobile friendly.
Felideus — Another steampunk site that's not mobile-friendly.
Fontspring — A marketplace for fonts from numerous foundries. It has a smaller selection than MyFonts, but better licensing terms on webfonts.
Greater Albion Typefounders — Fontspring page for this type foundry, which specializes in historical fonts. This is where I purchased "Bromwich Bold" for the navbar, because it permitted unlimited page views.
The League of S.T.E.A.M. — The new, mobile-friendly LOS website, built in Squarespace.
Retro WordPress theme — One of the few themes that could work as-is for a steampunk site, but it's already taken.
Revelation Concept — Website with a nice Victorian look from a San Diego web designer.
Uncommon Objects — This antique store in Austin has a great website. Check out the social media icons.
Victorian Graphic Design
Creative Market — A good source for historically inspired design assets, including fonts and vector elements based on Sanborn Maps.
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection — An online database of historical maps.
Digital Public Library of America — This website provides access to online collections from public libraries in the U.S.
Internet Archive — Described as a "non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more." Much of the collection dates from prior to 1923.
Kevin Cantrell — A graphic designer known for his Victorian-inspired work.
Letterhead Fonts — Beautiful (but pricey) fonts, many inspired by historical forms.
The National Archives — Online access to materials about UK history.
NYS Historic Newspapers — Free online access to newspaper archives.
Project Gutenberg — The project is best-known as a source of classic literature in e-book form, but it also includes digitized versions of 19th century magazines such as the Scientific American.
Sanborn Maps — I've compiled this Pinterest board of old Sanborn maps.
The Walden Font Co. — "Purveyors of old and historic fonts and clip-art." The offerings include The New Victorian Printshop, three volumes of fonts, borders and clip art derived from Victorian-era designs.