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W.W.Dodge | Artist, Architect, Silversmith and Preservationist

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-3-12-40-pmThe Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County is hosting their first event of 2017 celebrating one of our region’s most versatile and accomplished Arts & Crafts talents: William Waldo Dodge. Dodge’s creative life is the subject of Bruce Johnson’s January 26th talk at All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village. Johnson has graced the PSABC with a number of well-attended presentations, and his upcoming program promises to be especially rewarding.

This lecture is scheduled on Thursday, January 26th, 5:30 pm, at Zabriske Parish Hall in All Souls Cathedral. All Souls address is 9 Swan Street in Biltmore Village. While admission is free, a suggested $10 donation supports local preservation and includes a half-price ticket to the 30th Annual National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn. Go HERE for full details. Cheers! Troy and Kelly

Designing Our Future

Mid-Century Architecture Awareness | Having written about Modern and Mid-Century Design for years now it was pleasing to find this video that gives a great overview from the roots of modernism in Europe to Mid-Century in the states. In this case the in-depth look came from Arkansas. Really? It’s true and it works in this case. The video digs into both the emotional and cultural influences behind these movements. Literally, it gets to the heart behind the simple physical constructs covering everything from Gropius to Googie.For those novices out there who find themselves drawn to modern, but don’t understand the influences or those aficionados who need a refresher — allow yourself an hour to enjoy this video. For those of you who find such buildings stark you might challenge yourself to look below the shallow surface of modernist aesthetics to realize the beauty of “Less is More.”

Once you have watched the video you may think about the evolution of our own downtown buildings and the changes happening there. Like any layered American city our rich urban fabric is made from more than Art Deco buildings. We have a variety of mid-century and modern represented. And while people struggle to appreciate it and want to change it — does that change necessarily make it better? Does dressing up a clean, concrete modernist Bert King designed bank building in yellow paint and blue awnings make it better or suburban? Does deconstructing another Bert King designed bank building in hopes of creating a themed hotel make it better or Disney? Does dressing out a modern corporate tower into today’s fashionable, mass channel contemporary architecture make it better? If so, for how long? And will we want to change that in another 50 years when it seems unfashionable for the moment?king comp

Change is inevitable and not everything needs to be preserved, but are we mindful in making those changes? Who is making the decision — investors or locals? Who is the change for — corporations, tourists or residents? Does changing it make it either relevant or sustainable for another 5 years or 100 years? Do we want our city to evolve into a Charlotte or a Copenhagen? Or does Asheville have its own history, culture and creative spirit to design buildings that are uniquely Asheville and keep us being Asheville for another century? Should we ask these questions? Or should we let come what may? Cheers to you for giving it some thought!

NC Special Collections and Architectural Drawings

Hi Folks. I wanted to spread the word about an effort that is near and dear to my heart. Last year the NC Special Collections department at the Library inherited the former Six Associates original architectural drawings and cabinets. Since then they have been slowly working to archive them. I have regularly stopped by to speak with Anne, Lyme and Zoe who work there to check in on their progress and see how I can be of help in spreading the word or help raise resources. It affords me the opportunity to look at the original hand drawings and details of some beautiful homes. Special Collections Com[

First, I would like to take a moment to thank Henco for donating the large format scanner they have currently along with providing technical assistance. THANK YOU HENCO!!! The Library’s goal is to scan all the original drawings and place them in safe, environmentally controlled storage while making the digital scans available to the public online. Yeah!IMG_3243

Supported by our local AIA Chapter the Special Collections team at the Library is going after a grant to acquire a new scanner that has updated software and hours to hire on people to do the scanning and documenting. They are also working to come up with a program {Scan A Plan} where the general public can bring in the original drawings they have and they will be scanned and preserved for future generations. However, if you do have such drawings feel free to talk with them today. There is a good chance they can help. They are as passionate about this as I am. This doesn’t always include residential drawings – there are many commercial buildings designed by some of our notable architects. Our wonderful library itself is a Bert King design, as well as, many large and small office, bank and doctor’s buildings around town.

As many of you who have called me over the years know, there are little records and drawings with the city for older buildings. This is your opportunity to help. If you have drawings from a special home or building it would be a great time to share. Thank you for listening and I would appreciate your effort in this.

Thank you…thank you!