Friday, February 27, 2009

The Cotton District

In the small college town of Starkville, Mississippi, Dan Camp, part architect/part builder/part visionary, has quietly been creating an unique community based on the principles of traditional architecture.

Starting in 1969, with a plan to build affordable housing for the local students, Dan built his first buildings in a neglected section of town on the site of a former cotton mill. Working from sketches he made from his travels throughout the South, Dan built his classically inspired buildings using local workers that produced the windows, doors, millwork and shutters.

Forty years later, “The Cotton District” continues to evolve into a highly desirable mixed-use community with a yearly arts festival that draws thousands. Enjoying nearly 100 percent occupancy, Dan is now including commercial spaces in his new structures, hoping to persuade the students to stay and open their own businesses.

Dan Camp's residence - A Charleston inspired Single House

Shutters, brick and stucco

"The Temple"

"The Four Apostles"

"The Pool House"

"The Treasurer"

"Rue Du Grand Fromage" named after the famous cheese produced by the university.

Page from Mr. Camp's sketchbook

Friday, February 20, 2009

Favorite Shops NYC- Hudson City Antiques

Hudson City Antiques, 150 & 154 Ninth Avenue, is an excellent source for period lighting, antique frames, furniture (English, American, Arts & Crafts, etc.) and prints.

They are currently having a “downsizing” sale at the 154 Ninth Avenue location with a great selection of fantastic finds ready to take home.

1. Nautilus lamp - brass lamp with original nautilus shell - sadly already sold.
2. 19th c. Oval Gilt Frame with original glass - contact for price.
3. Print in original oak frame, "Prudential Insurance Home Office, Newark, New Jersey, 1909" - contact for price.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Vintage New York Postcards

image from the Walker Evans Collection via yahoo

"Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard", based on a collection of 9,000 postcards by the American photographer, will be on exhibit from February 3 - May 25, 2009 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Here are a few of my favorites that I've collected over the years. I particularly like the night time ones.

Images by The Architecturalist