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The House: Drawings for Residential Architecture
September 10 - December 25, 2010

Drawings and blueprints of houses showing all stages of the design process and antique engravings of 18th and 19th Century villas.


The truest test for an architect is to design a house.  As the most personal form of public architecture, one's residence is an expression of character.   As a group, they define the civilization.

From the log cabin to the most stately mansion, the house acts as both nest to which we escape and stage for our most intimate dramas.  Long before current "shelter" magazines appeared, copperplate engravings of famous residences infected Europeans and Americans alike with cases of "house envy" during the Industrial Revolution fueling competitions for the biggest, grandest edifices built by Nineteenth Century robber barons.

The design of a house can start with a few quick lines on a napkin and evolve to a hyper-realistic perspective used as a sales tool.  Colored pencil sketches and simple watercolors can grow to complicated puzzles as abstract as a maze.

ArchiTech Gallery has assembled dozens of these historical works for a commercial exhibition running the gamut of design from 18th Century villas to Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie houses to a fanciful embassy from  the 1950s. 

Other architects whose work will be exhibited in "The House" are Frank O. Gehry, Charles R. Mackintosh, Richard Neutra and Bruce Goff. 

"The House: Drawings for Residential Architecture" opens the Fall season on September 10th and continues to the end of the year December 25th, 2010.

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Notes on the Exhibition:

The House: Drawings for Residential Architecture
September 10 - December 25, 2010

Surprisingly, to me anyway, I'd never done a show of "Houses." Skyscrapers, of course, and chairs, toys, interiors, even lawn mowers ("Dream Machines"...Jan. 26, 2006) but never houses. D'oh!

This would not stand. I went through the drawers and found gold. Some drawings hadn't been seen in any shows. Some needed conservation. What was more apparent is that, hung together, they would show every stage of the design process, from "napkin" sketches from the earliest stages through elaborate presentation perspectives to technical drawings on linen sheets. To top it off, my antique engravings of famous houses were the 18th Century equivalents of "Architectural Digest." Yep, this could stand.

Since Frank Gehry's archive will probably be saved for the Museum of Modern Art, any of his early drawings that still resemble architecture will always be rare. There will be one from 1974 in this show. And Bruce Goff will forever be the ultimate "outsider" architect. Three of his drawings will hang too.

Most all of the lithographs from the famous 1901 portfolio of C.R. Mackintosh had already sold but I still had the floorplan (plate #1) and the label from the coverboard of "A House for an Art Lover." Since even text graphics by Mackintosh are so rare, this pair could work for a museum or connoisseur.

And as always, my Frank Lloyd Wright drawings and prints would bring the biggest name value to the walls.

As it's "Back to Basics" these days for the economy, it would be so for what I exhibit.

Link To: "Where Chicago" September preview

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Iannelli interior
Barry Byrne and Alfonso Iannelli
House for Dr. J.F. Clarke (detail of East Elevation)
Fairfield, Iowa
Cyanotype blueprint, 1915 
40 x 23 1/2 inches
(Sold as pair of blueprints:

 

Hedin Wallpaper
D.H. Burnham & Co.
Designs for a Spanish style mansion
Pencil on tracing paper, circa 1920
10 1/2 x 16 inches 
(Sold as set of 4 elevations).

 

Viollet le Duc
Richard J. Neutra, A.I.A. Arch. (R.H., del.)
Residence for Mr & Mrs. Warren Tremaine    Montecito Cal.
Ground Floor Plan Proposal  3-B (Sheet No. 1)
Cyanotype blueprint with colored pencil
Tracing paper drawing included
July 25, '45
Signed in pencil on verso
Blueprint: 25 x 37 inches (drawing, marker on yellow trace: 14 x 17 inches)

Goldberg Associates
Alfonso Iannelli
Design for a stone house
Colored pencil on tracing paper, circa 1950
12 x 21 inches

 

Villeminot tympanum
Abel Faidy
Villa Dionysos South-North Section 
Pencil on tracing paper, 1959
17 1/2 x 50 1/2 inches

 

Henry Glass design drawing
Horace Walpole, arch.  (Pub: Essex & Marlow)
Strawberry Hill
Perspectives, plans and an elevation

Set of eight copperplate engravings, 1781
(Sold as set of 8. Various sizes from 8 x 5 1/2 inches to 8 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches)

Harry Viehman
Bruce A. Goff, arch. (Wm. Murphy, del.)
Sydney H. Rodin House , Libertyville
Colored pencil on Diazo lineprint, circa 1961
(Sold as set of 3)

 

George Pauly drawing
Frank O. Gehry (FOG & Assoc.)
Faris Residence
Pencil and colored pencil on tracing paper, 12/27/74
17 1/2 x 22 inches (plus portion under mat)

 

Empire State drawing
A. "Greek" & G Thomson, archs. (Pub: Blackie & Sons, Del: R. Dawson)
Craig Ailey Villa
Steel engravings, circa 1850
10 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches
(Sold as pair)

Sir Mathew Digby Wyatt
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, arch. (Pub: Alexander Koch)
Meister der Innen Kunst
(A.K.A: A House for an Art Lover)

Portfolio label
Lithograph on green wove paper, 1901
Label: 9 x 9 inches
(Sold as pair with plate #1 plan: 15 3/4 x 20 3/4 inches)

 



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