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Richardsonian Romanesque Department Store
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Published: August 15, 2013
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Original design sketches for the front elevation and first floor plan of a rather large department store with shopping and offices on second and third floor, designed in the American "Richardsonian Romanesque" style. I used massive lintels over the doors and windows, a variant, in contrast to the more common huge semi-circular arches more often seen. This style of building still exists today in every American city, small or large, as commercial and public buildings, and, sometimes as grand luxury homes. To say they were well-built is an understatement. Some are primarily grey stone of some type, some are tan sandstone, but many are brownstone style in dark reddish brown sandstone with matching brick. This building design is a commissioned piece so there were stringent requirements on the size and shape of the ground plan and interior layout.

Technique: Hand-drawn pencil studies in small scale, 1/16"=one foot, front elevation toned to terracotta with software, floor plan reduced to half size.
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Aug 14, 2013, 6:27:27 PM
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Klenesk's avatar
Klenesk|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This house is spooky-lookin' and I'm totally okay with that.
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Built4ever's avatar
Well, it's not really a house, it's a large store!
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mabreza's avatar
Excellent.
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Built4ever's avatar
Thank you sir...
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HusseinHorack|Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I get very inspired by your work, I love it! Keep creating! :)
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MoochieBumm|Student General Artist
:D I love your designs more and more <3
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veldor60|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice !
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APixelFactory|Hobbyist Photographer
excellent!
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DEATHLYSKETCH's avatar
AMAAAAAAAAZING :)
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Nebride7's avatar
Oh, wow!  This is amazing.  I want to visit!
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Heather713|Professional Interface Designer
I would love to have an office in a building like this! So many interesting details.
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Built4ever's avatar
Yes me too of course...
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Weequays|Hobbyist General Artist
Great style :D
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Built4ever's avatar
Thanks! Glad you like...
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Weequays|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes ... :D
I don't if you know this site but the site could be a source of inspiration :  archimaps.tumblr.com/ . :squee:
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Built4ever's avatar
Good find, many great artworks like watercolors. Just a huge site, I could look at it for a long time...
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slowdog294|Professional Photographer
Marvelous design. :winner:
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Built4ever's avatar
Thank you sir...
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slowdog294|Professional Photographer
You are most welcome. :D
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davidsobe|Hobbyist Photographer
That is Richardsonian.  There is a great architectural statement of his in Buffalo, where I grew up.  It was the State Mental Hospital, looks like a gothic castle.  On the other end of that Avenue is a church designed by him as well.
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Built4ever's avatar
Yes, I visited Buffalo only once. I have a handful of pics from the 35mm era. Many outstanding buildings there.
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davidsobe|Hobbyist Photographer
Yes those buildings are outstanding because they are still standing.  One big plus for a city whose economy bottomed out forty years ago is that there is no reason to pull down an architecturally significant building to make room for a parking garage.  So, you have Sullivan, Richardson and Wright buildings.  Your blueprints are great.
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Thanks, glad you like. I'm from Detroit so I know all about declining cities and forgotten architecture he he...
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MrEd301|Professional Interface Designer
Very elegant!!
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