PLACE: “The philosophers believed that knowledge was derived solely from direct observation of the natural world.” (Roth P. 442) London is a symbol for education. It is the most important, direct Architectural inspiration to America due to the fact that we were colonized by England. English Architecture will drastically influence the American Architecture by Architects like Colon Campbell and one of the most important of all Robert Adams. One of the most picturesque places in the United States is Williamsburg Virginia. Its Architecture is an open book to the past. One can learn so much about lifestyles and current trends just by looking at the details depicted on the walls. And talking about trends, Paris France has always, and will always set the trends to new and old styles, and to timeless Architecture that has been copied in so many places around the world, and that we can see in shining colors in the Architecture of our own capital Washington, D.C.
SPACE: The heart household + chamber is a beautiful example of colonists living with the low ceilings, plaster walls, and a center table that could also be used as a cutting board. The bed also in the same room shows us the lack of space and dates back to the manors where everything was done in one great room. The Columbus house of the Dominican Republic is a very Spanish direct inspired house with the two story colonnade front. You can almost see the beautiful Spanish lady with her red and black polka dotted dress fanning her way to the garden. Now the parlange plantation is more like a house that we know now. With it’s A frame roof and tall chimney reminds us of a French provincial home from Louis XVI with its big plank floors common to all the areas, plaster walls, white washed just to bring in colors from furnishings and flowers. Doors are paneled to resemble wainscoting and often times you could find paintings of scenes above the doors. Ceilings were usually low to retain the heat, and the fireplace was the heart and the warmth of the home. The Parlor and Chamber of Andrew Jackson’s house is a very multi functional space. Its dirt and brick floors remind us of a German house, you can almost see the ducks walk by. The low ceilings with exposed beams are a reminder of poverty, with very little detail, a whole family could live in this room; and I believe this could be one of the first signs of a pull out bed as we know it.
4. I absolutely believe the Baroque period stands as a form of social performance in the Theatre of the world. It is extravagant and elaborate, it glorified man and its grand scale brought drama to Architecture and emotion to late Renaissance. Its monumental Architecture is only made better by illusionistic paintings and dynamic sculptures. Baroque means irregular shaped pearl, but yet it is polished and ornate. It is some sort of a plastic exuberant style. “Imaginative, surprising, and gay, richly covered with colored marbles, carvings, paintings, and gilding, the Baroque sounds to attract attention by striking and picturesque appearance.” Helen Gardner, Art Through the Ages. This period has been the inspiration for great play writers such as William Shakespeare, and also one that I am very familiar with Miguel de Cervantes who wrote Don Quixote de la mancha, my favorite novel of all times.