Saturday, February 13, 2010

Rich Memorial Building at Emory University by Philip Shutze

Within view of the Haygood Hopkins Gate and next door to the Glenn Methodist Church, is the Rich Memorial Building (1947), part of Emory's business school. The facade aims west into a campus woodland. It feels isolated. During the green season it's very shady and feels remote, like a lost temple in the woods.

These bronze single and double light windows aren't original. They give the building a severe modern look. The 2nd floor windows are taller. The original divided light widows were 12 over 12 on the 1st and 3rd floors, 16 over 16 on the 2nd floor. I wish they had kept the old windows.

It's very simple, very formal, a background building, not screaming for attention. The landscaping is so simple.

The central section is elaborate. No searching for the door. The low pitched pediment echos the Emory's roof lines. A double door with transoms seems charming next the high-bulk door trimmings. I think this door makes people feel important and connected to western tradition. The building celebrates the human.


Here is the south facade in the winter sun. This view showcases the limestone bands and window sills. That is pretty much all the decoration there is apart from the entrance section, except...

...for the eaves.

I think these are mutules, not dentils. Very fine detailing for the 3rd floor. The holes may be for ventilation but they certainly draw my eye, even from a distance.

If you are at the Haygood Hopkins Gate, at Glynn, or the Carlos Museum. Talk a little walk to admire the Rich Memorial Building.

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." No pro photography or pro architecture was committed in this post.

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