Here is the presentation I gave to my group after finishing the project.
What makes our row on South Cathedral Place isn't just the history of who built it and who lived there, but the style. The row combines the best of the Modern French, Queen Anne and Italianate into it's own cohesive Freestyle cluster. The Freestyle became a pattern in itself in many instances in the Fan. [...]
The week of October 12 came and went so quickly I again didn't get everything on my list crossed off for this project or my "real" job. No surprise, it seems to be the pattern these days. The following details, though, I am happy to report: VCU Facilities Management has electronic versions of "rough" plans [...]
Last Thursday I was so fortunate to publicize my project to the folks at Siewers Lumber & Millwork, who were very willing and eager to share their company history, which began in 1884. I contacted Richie Siewers about help with the millwork design of the porches on 811, 813 and 817 South Cathedral Place upon [...]
Yesterday I received my photocopied reprint of the 1890 Norwalk catalogue compliments of the Antique Doorknob Collectors of America. On page 197, I came across our bronze lock plate! And, thus was able to confirm that the aged number 6843 on the back was read correctly, and was in fact the style number for that [...]
As I've driven around over the past few weeks I find myself paying less attention to landmarks and more to the architectural details of the homes I pass, specifically porches. Every so often my eye catches some familiar lattice work and I conduct a sudden turn at the nearest intersection to go around the block [...]
Went through a 1970's reprint of John Leighton's Suggestions On Design, offering just over 100 plates (1000's of drawings) of motifs he designed. Came across a match identified as Moorish with the cubic overlapping and interlacing ornamentation terminating with a floral motif. Many of the Moorish designs also suggested a variation in texture in the [...]
It's been a week since posting; lots of non-school work keeping me busy this past few days. I am hoping to uncover and identify a motif in the porches of our properties. Dr. Brownell is curious about a possible Indian inspiration here. There are also come similarities in the porch detail and the hardware pattern, [...]
While reading Janet Foster's The Queen Anne House, I unexpectedly came across a fantastic image to include in the final presentation. The reveal will be then, but here's a clue... it has to do with the industrial vernacular in the interior of our homes.
Last Friday, the folks at 813 S Cathedral - The VCU Wellness Center - were so kind as to help me investigate the manufacturer of the beautiful bronze sliding door locks and pulls of their building. This set was the best I've seen in the three units I've explored so far, meaning, they are the [...]