As I read about graduate programs for historic preservation, I have noted in the descriptions of some classes’ assignments where you are required to do some drawings of buildings or features by hand. Since then, I have been telling myself that I need to practice sketching so I can become comfortable with it by the time I reach those classes in my journey. Armed with my copy of A Field Guide to American Houses, I have begun this endeavor. I open to a random page, pick a house, and draw.
The Italianate house on the right was the first one and I think it was rather late at night when I thought trying to add brick to the house was a good idea. But as with anything the more I drew the more confident and comfortable I felt, as you can hopefully see the smoother lines in the next image.
The Second Empire house in the middle of the page is my favorite style. This one is not as elaborately decorated as most are in that style but I do enjoy a mansard roof. Next on my list is to get out and do some sketching in the field. I would like to also focus on particular features and not on just the front facade, maybe some fireplaces, windows, and doors.
On Marshall Street in downtown Winston-Salem, you can find The Winston-Salem Journal Company’s office where it has sat since 1927. Architect Harold Macklin designed this structure along with its younger sister building on Spruce Street. 1927, the year construction ended, the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects agreed this was the state’s best commercial building.
With the warmer weather we’ve been having I decided to swing by Reynolda House and check on the landscaping.
All the stone paths have been refurbished and set in place.
Work on the Sunken Garden has begun. Winston-Salem’s own Larmore Landscape Associates has been given the contract for the renovation of the gardens.
As I was scrolling through Instagram, wondering just how many miles my thumb has scrolled, I saw something that caught my eye. A hand holding a wooden miniature gothic bookshelf. I clicked on my profile and was blown away. This young woman has been building and customizing a Victorian dollhouse. She has crafted furniture that is time appropriate and even has chandeliers with working electricity. I immediately began looking for similar projects online for myself. I was overwhelmed by what I found. Websites, forums, and all kinds of online shopping, just a huge online presence. I enjoy puzzles and models so maybe one day I’ll start a little house of my own. Here’s a link to her blog, Architecture of Tiny Distinction.
The girlfriend and I took our little pup to Reynolda House today to walk around the grounds. The house was built for Robert Joshua Reynolds and his wife, Katherine. Reynolds founded the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in 1874. With his company he brought a booming economy into Winston, North Carolina. This house was completed in 1917 where he died, only one year later.
Upon our arrival, we discovered the house and museum to be closed for annual maintenance. After all the events that go on here, I can imagine the wear-and-tear on the grounds. The staff here plan on restoring the front and rear vistas as well as the connecting paths according to a press release.
In December 2014, the restoration of the pool was completed, and although the house is closed until February, I was able to take a few pictures of the pool through the windows.
I was interested to learn that bars across the windows were cages for the Reynolds’ parrots. With the fire place in the pool house I can imagine that it was quite warm year round.