novel architecturale


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2002.06.19 13:52
88HoIR spectrum almost full
Stotesbury Mansion [Whitemarsh Hall] an enormous mansion designed in the English Palladian style, now demolished, housed the art collection of New York's Metropolitan Museum during World War II. I have two pieces of marble from Mr. Stotesbury's Dressing Room and a baluster from the entry court. My brother Otto first took me to Stotesbury, which back in the 1970s was a local teenage drinking/partying hangout. I was still in high school at the time, but I already loved architecture, as I read Banister Fletcher's History of Architecture on the Comparative Method during freshman year study hall, and seeing Stotesbury for the first and ever time thereafter was like finding an abandoned Kedleston Hall or Blenheim Palace kind of in my own backyard.

2002.06.23 13:01
Re: genetic architecture
John Young wrote:
Don't miss a chance to sharpen your design skills by exploring, spelunking, a dangerous work of architecture on the verge of collapse...(and then went on to more or less specify the fate of the WTC as code compliant hazard).
Steve remembers:
Going to Stotesbury Mansion (really named Whitemarsh Hall) in the early-mid 1970s was very much "exploring, spelunking, a dangerous work of architecture on the verge of collapse." Maybe my design skills got some sharpening there.
Here's a few images of Stotesbury very much the way I remember it--it was a sort of personal quest for me to at least get into every room of the place, thus many visits--only went into one of its three basements, however; rumor had it that the bottom two basements were flooded out. The art treasures of the Metropolitan Museum of Art were stored here during World War II.



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