120 year old Victorian building renovation

Our bracket design has been built and installed thanks to Tim Steele of The Woodworks at Silver Maple Construction and Pete Zelonis of Artisan Engineering.

We all have a picture of home in our heads and what “home” means to us…given a minute…you probably begin to remember a special place and time of day in that house that still means something to us. We all have these links to places we’ve experienced and loved.

These braces are structural supports to new elements of the building as well as places for sitting, thinking, reading…just being. They are contemplative places that allow for the creation of a “sense of self” and memories of good things and experiences that the individual takes with them.

There are many therapeutic design elements in the residential environment of the 120 year old Victorian renovation also known as the “Sober District”. It’s a special place doing difficult and very significant work in the community of Rutland, VT. Yeah, it’s a bracket on a Victorian building and you wouldn’t think it’s doing that much, but by design its hoping to change the worlds of its inhabitants and community.

Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: NEW vs. OLD!

Controversy over NEW vs. OLD!

You love your old sneakers….so you save em and get new ones….or Huck the stinky old ones, or??

 

Ok how about your car, or phone?!  Old vs. New?

 

Maybe it’s more of a cultural question.  Sure some things we love new and others we love because they’re old.  From there it can be simplified to individual preference.  Let’s face it, some like to go antique collecting and others like to get rid of their junk…it all depends on where you stand.

 

So what about this example of a new home vs an old home?  And where does ones opinion cross the boundaries into others rights?

 

http://www.today.com/money/neighbors-want-architects-dream-home-torn-down-its-devastating-2D79606820

 

As Rodney King once said “can’t we all just try to get along?!”

 

 

…and for fun, here is the link to the Oakwood’s Historic society web page,

http://www.historicoakwood.org/

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…and Architect Louis Cherry’s web page!

http://www.louischerry.com/

 

Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: Historic Preservation – what is worth saving?

 

 

 

The question of Historic Preservation in architecture is an open ended question of What, Why, When and How, that sits at the core of this weeks Hero Blog entry…but who is the hero and who is the villain? This video spotlights the reasoning on both sides of the argument…and leaves each of us to decide for ourselves (although the decision has been made). The center piece of this video is without doubt a significant modern architectural land mark in Chicago by Betrand Goldberg….the Prentice Women’s Hospital, a landmark of the Brutalism Architecture movement. There are many things that go into establishing value, nostalgia, history, technologic feats of human endeavors…oh and money (can’t leave that little point of reason out…). What makes something worth saving or destroying?
Check it out and let us know what you think…and why!

Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: Historic Preservation – what is worth saving?

 

 

 

The question of Historic Preservation in architecture is an open ended question of What, Why, When and How, that sits at the core of this weeks Hero Blog entry…but who is the hero and who is the villain? This video spotlights the reasoning on both sides of the argument…and leaves each of us to decide for ourselves (although the decision has been made). The center piece of this video is without doubt a significant modern architectural land mark in Chicago by Betrand Goldberg….the Prentice Women’s Hospital, a landmark of the Brutalism Architecture movement. There are many things that go into establishing value, nostalgia, history, technologic feats of human endeavors…oh and money (can’t leave that little point of reason out…). What makes something worth saving or destroying?
Check it out and let us know what you think…and why!

Lower Hudson Valley Historic Window Replacement

A New York State lower Hudson River Valley historic window & door replacement project (in progress.)
Historically authentic replication of windows for this 1780 stone house involved researching the construction of Dutch and Scottish style masonry openings, which were determined by the limited sizes of glass available in this era.

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