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A finding aid for the historic student drawings collection in the University of Oregon Architecture & Allied Arts Library is now available and accessible through the Northwest Digital Archives, http://nwda.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv39794.

The guide was created by Helene Hannon, a library science graduate student at Emporia State University, who worked under the guidance of Ed Teague, Head of the A&AA Library, and Stephanie Kays, UO Libraries Special Collections & University Archives, from Oct. 2013 through June 2014. The guide describes approximately 1,600 drawings created by architecture students in the School of Architecture & Allied Arts during the years 1914-1970. The works were created using various media, including charcoal, watercolor, and blueprint, and range in size from 18” x 28” to 46” x 72”. A few were on display during the Drawn to Design exhibit in Knight Library, winter term 2014. The finding aid lists the works of hundreds of individuals, many of whom became well known in the design professions.

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The South Facade of the Case House

The Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter is pleased to announce the online version of A Greek Temple in French Prairie:  The William Case House, French Prairie, Oregon, 1858-59, co-authored by Grant Hildebrand and Miriam Sutermeister, and published by the chapter in 2007.

Digitized by the University of Washington Libraries, the e-book can be accessed for free at http://hdl.handle.net/1773/19675

A GREEK TEMPLE chronicles a remarkable settlement-era Classical Revival farmhouse in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The house was built in 1859 as the headquarters of a busy and productive farming operation founded by William Case. The house is known for its distinctive peripteral colonnade and its red exterior. Hildebrand and Sutermeister were drawn to their project after a first visit to the present occupants and restorers of the house, fellow chapter members Wallace Huntington and Mirza Dickel. Over a period of several years the authors visited the site and conducted research aimed at more completely documenting the character of the farmhouse both in its historic period and as restored and enhanced by gardens.

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The current issue of Oregon Quarterly includes “The Arc of the Architect,” an overview of Saul Zaik’s career.  In addition to designing residences that are classics of Northwest Modernism, Zaik and his firm were also responsible for the modern addition to Timberline Lodge (1968) and overseeing the restoration of Crater Lake Lodge and Crown Point’s Vista House.  The article is perhaps most striking in presenting the contrasts between Saul Zaik’s education and early practice in the period following World War II and the experience of modern students and young architects.  As Zaik himself says:  “I’ve always loved a challenge, whether it’s the site or the client or the budget… But today the hardest thing is dealing with the city and all the codes.  That really bothers me.  They set such rigid standards for design, unrelated to the individual project… It’s much tougher today to do interesting things with houses, but it can still be done.”
“The Arc of the Architect” is available online at http://www.oregonquarterly.com/spring2010/feature1.php

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From time to time I’ll post information and links to other people’s online newsletters, blogs, and websites.  If you’re actively involved in creating online content, or if you’ve got a favorite website, please drop me an e-mail at mariondeanross@gmail.com.

The Recent Past Preservation Network has started issuing a monthly on-line newletter, rather than an annual newsletter.  The March issue of the RPPN Bulletin is 23 virtual pages in length and includes articles about Paul Rudolph’s Chorley Elementary School, Palm Springs Modernism, something called Corn-Fed Modern with Atomic Indy, and an Update on Pittsburgh’s Igloo.  It’s a sharp looking publication and a pretty ambitious undertaking (I dare you to put together a monthly!).  Have a look at:  http://recentpast.org/news/rppn-bulletin.

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Whare Karakia: Māori Church Building, Decoration, and Ritual in Aotearoa New Zealand, 1834-1863, a new book by Richard A. Sundt, one of our Chapter Members, is slated to be released in August 2010.  Professor Sundt will also be a session chair for the forthcoming SAH 70th Anniversary Meeting in Chicago in April.  Reflecting his varied territories of interest, his session there is titled Late Gothic and Neo-Gothic Architecture in Latin America.

Whare Karakia describes how with the arrival of Anglican missionaries to New Zealand in the nineteenth century, Māori were slowly converted to Christianity and recruited to build New Zealand’s early churches.  These early whare karakia—houses of worship—were in a distinctive and arresting new style that combined Māori art and architecture with elements from British ecclesiastical traditions.  By the peak decades of the missionary movement (1830s to 1850s), indigenous builders had transformed the small-to-moderate-sized whare into the larger whare-style structure.  The whare scheme, with its central row of posts, became the most common building type for Māori churches, and while initially challenging Western architectural presumptions around the use of ritual space, it was later accepted by the Anglican establishment as a convenient model for its missions.

Richard Sundt describes the technological process through which this occurred and examines the interactions between Māori and missionaries during this period—from the training Māori received in European building technology, to the resolution of arguments over carving, painting and the use of liturgical space as they applied these skills to their first attempts at church building.

A ground-breaking work that sheds new light on the history of religion, architecture, and the story of Māori and Pākehā in New Zealand, Whare Karakia is extensively illustrated with rare and detailed images and plans of churches now destroyed.

A PDF with more information and images can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:  WHARE KARAKIA

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Visual Resources, an International Journal of Documentation recently published a special edition focusing on “Digital Crossroads: New Directions in 3D Architectural Modeling in the Humanities.”  The issue was edited by Arne R. Flaten and Alyson A. Gill.  Single issues can be ordered by using the following form (PDF): Digital Crossroads Flyer

This special issue of Visual Resources examines disparate methodologies and approaches to integrating innovative technologies with research and pedagogy in archaeology and art history.  Over the past decade, technology, art history, and archaeology have combined their respective disciplines to develop digital models of ancient monuments and civic spaces.
The results range from Web-based panoramas and static two-dimensional models to interactive reconstructions of urban environments in three dimensions.  Virtual reconstructions allow scholars to consider theoretical issues including sight lines, the function of space, urban interaction, and experimental architectural and engineering problems, including lighting, drainage, and ventilation. Virtual models also provide extraordinary opportunities for collaborative interdisciplinary research among teachers and students in the humanities with computer science, graphic design, and Web design.  The articles cover a wide range of projects, from ancient Egypt to 19th-century New York City.

Visual Resources is currently abstracted and indexed in Art Abstracts, ARTbibliographies Modern, Art Index, International Bibliography of Art (formerly BHA), EBSCO, IBR, IBZ and OCLC FirstSearch, Historical Abstracts, America: History and Life.

If you are interested in this journal, several articles from past issues are available for free (until 6/30/2010), online at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/access/gvirVRASession.pdf
Or,  if you’d like to subscribe to Visual Resources, special reduced rates are offered to members of the Association of Art Historians (AAH), the College Art Association (CAA), and the Visual Resources Association (VRA). For current offers, please visit http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/offer/gvir-so.asp. All other subscribers, please visit http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713654126~tab=subscribe

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The latest newsletter is now available at
http://www.sahmdr.org/mdrnews_09sum.pdf

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