I'm an architecture optimist: Neither great architecture nor great design should require millions or mansions.
When this bungalow with a Greek temple for a front porch burned last fall, we nearly lost a great small house in a modest neighborhood. They are rebuilding. It will be the best of modern living. But we lost the porch's entablature, the Parthenon porch.
I can't find anything about the history of this house. All I know is that it was "neck-snapping good."
It's not on any historic preservation list.
Only the very best new houses approach this. This reminds me a little of Spring Island in South Carolina by Historical Concepts.
They saved the columns.
They restored the wonderful windows.
It's looking good.
But you can't tell from here ...
... but we lost the porch's entablature.
The original house had 12 foot ceilings. With rare exceptions nobody would rebuild a 12 foot ceiling. So they are doing 10 foot ceilings. It's huge cost savings, much cheaper to heat and cool, and provides livable space upstairs where there was none before.
The house is back better than ever But I continue to mourn a bit.
René Magritte, La Poitrine, 1961 (via oméga)
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