I encountered Maya Design unexpectedly. I was waiting for the professorial lecture and noticed students rushing upstairs to the Stubbins Design Studio. I followed and barged right in. I am, after all, looking a bit professorial these days.
The left goatee is Mickey McManus, president, the right goatee is founder Joe Bailey. They had a love-in, be-in, design-in, human factors-in in their own kiva.
Within minutes I had notes for a blog post on a subject I'd never considered. I offered to shine shows and clean toilets at Maya.
The lecture title came from Jean-Paul Sartre's grim play. What do academics have to say about housing trends? The room was full of students, practicing planners and developers who wanted to find out. They asked questions.
11:30 (Do new clients have want a house like you've already done or do they want something new) They sense something, I think, from me I hope...that I might be the soothsayer for them...I would hope always that no one would want me to repeat a thing...I'm much more interested in listening and reading people."
13:10 (I like your interiors do you consider yourself an interior designer or architect?) "I'd prefer to be known as an architect...I am an interior designer by defense because my interiors just get wasted. If you want be recognized as an architect you have to have good interiors...because up until now it's the only mechanism (interiors) for publication and furthering you...you can't afford misses and losses. So I took it by the horns."
17:20 (buying and building own houses in Nashville) "I'm a mover...I bought a modern house to live in in the interim...it's kind of fabulous. The architecture is like nothing I'd have anything to do with but to be in it is incredible."
24:00 (when design looses it way) "Everything that becomes mature and becomes heritable is subtle ... it takes a real strong and smart appetite to try to develop what's going to last."
25:54 (what is "American" style) "American is a dream sewn up in cotton, it's not silk or wool or stone or anything else. It's sewn in a common material that is provincial and it's lovely because it's so pure of heart. Maybe a little lacking of resource, maybe a little lacking of background, or credential, or bloodline or whatever. But there is something lovely about it ... it's loveliest architecture shows up through the naivety of it's natives."
33:35 (speaking about expensive steel windows) "It's ironic ... humble is always the most expensive thing you can do."
40:50 (Choose great space or great decor/furnishings?) "As an architect I would chose the space first ... really really right ... gorgeous ... poetry ... something heart-full (heartfelt?) to it ..."
"If I can't(get the right space) ... I would certainly decorate the #@!!% out of something that wasn't right..."
42:54 (do you have a favorite room?) "No ... I love sequence; I love for things to unfold..."
43:00 (what is really, deeply important to me) "The minute you crack open the container (meaning the house) I want you to be destroyed ... disheveled by the level of intimacy, what's being offered you has got to bring you to your knees. It's not to impress you; it is to tell you how badly wanted you are and how long we've been waiting for you."
47:40 (after visiting the Lutyens house on which he modeled a home, the one of the book cover) "Lutyens ... mine is so much better."
After a Yeah Burger lunch with our old friend Jim Olson, JoAnn and I did some cruising to finish the week. You have to look up to find the lions in bow ties at Trinity and Pryor. I don't think "bow tie" is the proper architectural term. Can you help me out on that?
The new tenants moved into our rustic Morningside charmer.
We enjoyed some brick painting on Zimmer.
No week is complete for Architecture Tourists without some good old fashioned demolition. These are the remains of Building 6 at Emory's Briarcliff Campus. They tore down buildings 7 and 8 too. We could hear the crunching from our front porch. These will not be missed.
It's a beauty you won't see in a real estate ad. This is the view from the parking court. For Kyle and me it was a piece of heaven.
The parking court was so good, I had to photograph the electric meter, you gotta have one, even in a McAlpine house.
Mmm, mmm, mmm. Those zigs and zags, cornices and gutters, lentils and shutters. Just yummy. Remember, this the service side of the house where the basketball goal is, trashcans too but I didn't see them.
Here is the driveway.
Nice driveway no? The house is right up there.
This is the front porch. But compared to the porch on my little house, this needs a fancy French name. I didn't realize these were shutters until I got up close. The front door is behind me. The great room is though those French doors. You can see the porch from the inside in the video at the bottom.
The foyer is small and cozy. I'm looking down from the 2nd floor. I think the foyer has the highest charm/square-foot ratio I've ever experienced.
Many mansions whack you upside the head with their foyer. Know what I mean?
This foyer says, "We are not giants, we're just folks who want you to feel comfortable in our house."
But the foyer is not just a foyer.
It's in the middle of a long upstairs enfilade from the children's wing, through the great room, to the master. It's a box seat with a balcony for observing the flow of folks through the house.
James told me that a McAlpine signature is a mirror on a window. Here you go: this is looking into the master bath, the mirror hanging above the sink in the center window.
There was so much to look at. I'd turn the chairs so I could look at the detials.
By this time the crowd was shoulder to shoulder inside. Kyle showed me this detail.
Kyle, James, and Blayne had a moment in the keeping room before the multitudes arrived.
I don't want to embarrass anyone but Helen, Capella, Ally, Claire, Angela, Travis: This will go your permanent record unless you bring an written excuse. Cristi is excused, she sent Billy and he did run the party and we heard that the baby is really, really cute.
Finally, a little video of the great room before the crowd arrived.
Thanks so much so much to Blayne, Glennis and all the folks at Beacham & Company, REALTORS® and to Bobby and to Bruce and Lisa. Thanks to the bloggers who have been so nice to me, who've shown me so much.