August 1, 2012

Just a Teaser: Stanford White

I attended a party at one of the most beautiful houses in Baltimore – a historic house which was designed by master architect, Stanford White. I took dozens of pictures at the house and want to tie it all together in a post about White, who is my favourite architect.But I also had a stiff gin or two, and need to edit all of the pictures. So I will tease you with one of the things that makes this house so special – the little bits and pieces that are so whimsical and unexpected.

This is a window with a quote from Jason and the Argonauts in the stained glass, much of which was by another master – Louis Comfort Tiffany.

And heeding not the cries of fear and woe,

They left the waters dealing with their foe;

And at the following ship threw back a shout,

And seaward o'er the bar drove Argo out.

Then joyful felt all men as now at last

From hill to green hill of the sea they passed.

The Life and Death of Jason
Book IX

16 comments:

  1. What a delightful home and I agree, spectacular architecture. The Louis Comfort Tiffany window is charming and special. I also speak of architecture in my current post.

    Have a glorious week

    Helen xx

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    1. Tiffany worked on a number of these houses with White. This house has a TON of stained glass including a fabulous dome.

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  2. I used to live near there and walk by that building almost every day. Something reassuring in its stately massiveness. Showed my nineteen-year-old niece the inside last summer. She was swept away by visions of ball gowns swirling across the wood floors in decades past.

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    1. I've been in a ball gown swirling across these very floor - even in the ballroom!

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  3. A number of years ago, I had a project across the park. It is a remarkable house in terms of both history and architecture, original and altered.

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    1. Would love to hear about which building it was.

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  4. I love the window - looking forward to the rest!

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    1. I worked there a number of years ago and had memorized these verses.

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  5. He was a piece of work and so were his picture frames. H. Thaw

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  6. I grew up in Yonkers, New York. There was a gorgeous home on Shonnard Place that was attributed to him. It was absolutely beautiful. I had a summer job taking care of two young children there. I spent a lot of time there. I wish I had known then what I know now regarding architecture. There were so many beautiful gracious homes there then. I so enjoy your blogs each time.

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    1. I don't know that one. I'll have to check it out.

      It's always hard not knowing then what you want to know now.

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  7. That window is gorgeous!! The house tour I just posted today features a number of stained glass windows too -why don't we incorporate them into our houses anymore??

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    1. We had heavy dark stained glass in the house where I grew up, and took them out to put in clear panes. My mother hated that she couldn't see the back of the house from any window,save the library and the third floor. It made the house so much brighter.

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