I decided to try and recreate Laird to the best of my abilities (which for now means no columns.) I also could not find a historical photo of the backside of Laird, so for now, the (unshown) backside of Laird does not have a texture.
In my photo match I used these three photos:
All images courtesy of the Carleton College Digital Archives.
For the head on angle of the front of the building I couldn’t use photo match, as there were no “sides” I could map in 3D, only the front, and trying to use photo match resulted in strange distortions. So, to that end, I cropped in around just the building in the corresponding image and used that modified image to create a texture I drew in onto the front face. From there I pulled forward the front columns to match with the top down map. The roof layer came from the geo location reference.
My final product looked like this:
which, while not perfect, does invoke the identity of “Laird” in a basic box model for anyone who knows the building.