Thursday, May 21, 2015

Uncanny Plus-Sized Neel Reid Design With 2/3 Fluted Columns


On Saturday I instagrammed (@terrykearns) the picture below from Peachtree Heights. Jason Cook responded. "It's a Neel Reid."

That would explain something: This giant house made me feel great. This is true of all five Neel Reid's I've visited. Have you toured one? The pictures can't capture the feeling.

Why don't we just keep doing them like this?


"Job 503 Robert Alston house 1922-23 HRA. AHS. Grady, pp. 135-41" from J. Neel Reid, Architect: Of Hentz, Reid & Adler and the Georgia School of Classicists by William R. Mitchell Jr.

Though the rooms were cluttered for the estate sale, the spaces seemed perfect to me. 

20150518_14411520150516_144032 2015-05-18 Neel Reid Andrews Drive Job 503 Alston House 1922-23 2/3 fluted Doric columns
It's huge, see the red sweatshirt guy in the doorway? But my brain isn't thinking BIG. It's thinking "pretty" and "harmony" and it's thinking, "These folks have REALLY arrived."

20150516_144139 2015-05-16 Neel Reid Andrews Drive Job 503 Alston House 1922-23
It takes a lot of detailing to get delightful harmony. These closer you look, the more details you see. The double doors open to the kitchen / keeping room.

2015-05-19 Alston Andrews Neel Reid Floorplan
I only saw the public rooms and they were big but no detail called attention to itself. The rooms were compositions in space, proportion and detailing put together for my pleasure.

I didn't notice the details at first, just the feeling.

IMG_20150516_143955 2015-05-16 Neel Reid Andrews Drive Job 503 Alston House 1922-23 chimney
My experience was straightforward but there was nothing simple about it.

But what about these columns?

20150516_144020 2015-05-16 Neel Reid Andrews Drive Job 503 Alston House 1922-23 2/3 fluted Doric columns
What do you call 2/3 fluted columns?

20150516_144032 2015-05-16 Neel Reid Andrews Drive Job 503 Alston House 1922-23 2-third fluted columns portico detail
Looks like brick / column meet-up might have had some rot issues over the years.

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