I enjoyed reading Pat Cove’s article about the importance of preserving interiors of historic buildings to not only understand the architecture of the past, but how people lived and thought.
I enjoyed reading Pat Cove’s article about the importance of preserving interiors of historic buildings to not only understand the architecture of the past, but how people lived and thought during those periods of time.
Her article coincided with my walking around Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy and thinking about the boxy buildings being constructed in many neighborhoods.I think of Malvina Reynold’s song, “Little Boxes.”
A historic building on Carpenter Lane was sold to a developer by the Catholic Diocese who will be building six “McMansions,” much to the chagrin of those around the property.
We were hoping it would remain and be repurposed for senior living.
I watched a segment on “CBS Sunday Morning” a couple of Sundays ago that featured the Roth Architecture firm.
Roth, the founder, equated “square buildings with square minds.” He said architects must incorporate playfulness in their buildings so people smile when they pass them. Water elements, flora and fauna should be included.
I recommend seeing his structures on his website.
I hope some of the builders will consider a bit of creativity and heed what Frank Lloyd Wright espoused: "No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill.”
And just like organic foods are good for the environment, so is organic architecture.