Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Shutze's Harris Hall at Emory University
This is Emory University's Harris Hall, built in 1929 as nurses' quarters for Emory Hospital next door. Not perfectly symmetrical but balanced. Arched windows on the 1st floor, heavy entablature on the the 2nd floor windows. Plain windows on the 3rd.
It's big and formal. How does all that classic detail produce warmth? You'd think it's old fashioned and cold. But I sense human dignity.
A very inviting front door don't your think? It's an entrance that makes people feel important.
The central section could be an elaborate townhouse in any ancient European City. It's a palace where 18 year old students live.
Elaborate and detailed but humane, I think.
Curvy balusters wrap the balcony.
All these details have names which I presume all architects once learned. The plain but muscular windows on the 3rd floor are just as beautiful as the more elaborate ones.
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