Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Delusions of Grandeur

No, not me you tossers. I mean the house in this marvellous photo from shorpy.com

Corinthian? Doric? Ironic? Dunno, but I used to know such things. I'll go for Ionic. You will agree that the pillars could just be a bit on the grand side compared to the rest of the house.

13 comments:

  1. Looks like someone had read Gone With The Wind and had 'uppity' ideas *snort*

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  2. I've always been partial to the gothic shed aesthetic!

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  3. ... oh when them cotton balls get rotten, you don't pick very much cotton ... I left the old plantation and went over to the fabulous Shorpys - what a great site. thanks HR

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  4. The big house has Ionic pilasters the small ones have the flat version of Corinthian.

    Someone had grand illusions when they build this.

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  5. Very much Gone with the Wind, hey Jayne.

    Haha Funhouse. Do you reckon a bit of gold leaf might have been used inside?

    It is a great site Ann. I have been seeing the photos for a couple of years now. I can't believe how good the old photos are.

    Peter, they really should have spent some of the pillar money on structural integrity.

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  6. Looks like 'Hollywood set' style to me.

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  7. It's a possibility Victor.

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  8. A little bit fancy!

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  9. Altissima, is that quoting Michael Caton in an ad? I can't recall which one.

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  10. That is Woodlawn Plantation in Napoleonville, Louisiana. It no longer exists as it was demolished a few decades ago.

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  11. Thanks you CR. While it is an interesting place, it is not a huge loss.

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  12. "Not a huge Loss?" I guess it wouldn't be to those who don't consider architectural treasures such as Woodlawn to be of much value, but it is truly a cultural loss. No disrespect intend to you Andrew.

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  13. I knew I put that badly. Loss cannot be quantified by just the physical. What it represented and the house's history are another matter altogether. I'm sure it was a significant cultural loss. Houses like that are not to be found in Australia.

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