I'm going to the 2010 Philip Trammell Shutze Awards on February 20th in Atlanta You should too. In the run up to the awards I'm doing a batch of posts about Shutze in my "neighborhood." The first was about high school bricks. No pro photography or pro architecture was committed in this post.
If I've learned anything about Mr. Shutze, it is that the foundation for his designs were the "old" designs.
This house has connections to Palladio via Thomas Jefferson in colonial Williamsburg with a tangential connection to scholarly research by Atlanta architect Norman Davenport Askins.
Now I'm about to go a bit over head.
I learned that the model for this house is the Judge Semple house in Williamsburg. I don't know if Mr. Shutze ever saw this house, a drawing or a picture. But it's certainly an architypical American farmhouse. A city house probably couldn't spread it wings like this. Here you go:
The Semple house may have been designed by Thomas Jefferson. In architecture speak it has a tripartite form. A bit more arch speak just so you don't think it's really so simple, "pulvinated frieze, rich guiloch, modillions and dentils is unusual when used in conjunction with the Doric order tripartite pedimented houses."
Look again. Tripartite means 3 parts.
I want to know more.
Turns out that Atlanta architect Norman Askins, who had a "...four year...detailed apprenticeship with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation," documented the Semple House is this report:
"ARCHITECTURAL REPORT SEMPLE HOUSE BLOCK 2 BUILDING 7 Colonial Lots 257 & 258 DRAFT This Architectural Report were prepared by Norman D. Askins for the Architects' Office. 1971-72"Here is a quote:
"The champion of this new influence was Thomas Jefferson, who introduced into America the ultimate classical expression in architecture -- the temple-form building (Virginia State Capitol). It is the temple-form building, or more specifically, the tripartite pedimented house which is the subject of this paper. Loosely defined, the tripartite pedimented house is a three-part composition: a center pedimented pavilion, two stories in height, flanked by matching one-story wings, the whole very much in the Anglo-Palladian style. Although readily categorized within the Palladian sphere..."More on Shutze coming soon.
Here is the Semple house nomination for the National Register of Historic Places.
P.S. If you are joining me at the Shutze Awards, send me an email: terry @ surf303.com
P.P.S. Coming soon: Do you know this Shutze building?