The New England Chapter announces its Second Annual Bulfinch Awards. Named for Charles Bulfinch, the Boston architect who played a key role in introducing Neoclassicism to America in the late 18th century, the Bulfinch Awards recognize excellence in New England Classical and Traditional Design. Submissions are due no later than July 4, 2011. Full program details can be found here.
The Texas Chapter announces its inaugural John Staub Awards for designers and craftspeople based in Texas. These awards will honor projects that demonstrate excellence and sensitivity to classical and vernacular traditions and have, in turn, contributed to the legacy of John Staub in Texas. All Texas Chapter members are encouraged to submit projects for consideration. Submissions are due by August 15, 2011. Program details can be found here.
The Southeast Chapter will soon be releasing dates and deadlines for the Sixth Annual Shutze Awards. The Shutze Awards recognize excellence in traditional and classical design for firms or individuals with offices in Georgia, Alabama, or Mississippi. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
In 2012, the Florida Chapter will be launching its inaugural Addison Mizner Medal for Excellence in Classical and Traditional Architecture. Details are being finalized and will soon be available online.
And don’t forget, it’s never too early to start thinking about the 2012 Arthur Ross Awards! Established in 1982 by Classical America chairman of the board, Arthur Ross, and its president, Henry Hope Reed, the Arthur Ross Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in the classical tradition. All applications for the 2012 Ross Awards cycle must be received by December 15, 2011. Full program details can be found here.
Balusters and balustrades are such a familiar element of the classical vocabulary that we can easily assume they are an ancient form. It thus may come as a surprise to learn that balusters as we know them are a Renaissance development and were unknown in ancient times. As I noted in my Classicist Blog essay on Roman lattice, the standard railings used by the Romans normally had crisscross panels and sometimes were referred to as transennae or clathri. They developed from wooden construction and were frequently interpreted in bronze and marble. We are unsure exactly when the first Renaissance balusters appeared and by whom they were developed. The idea may have evolved from the simple columnar balusters such as those on the façade of the Pitti Palace in Florence, begun in 1448. However, one of the earliest examples of the use of shaped turned balusters is seen surrounding the drum of the Tempietto, the tiny domed shrine designed by Donato Bramante and built ca. 1502. Located in the courtyard of Rome’s monastery of San Pietro in Montorio, the Tempietto marks the traditional site of St. Peter’s crucifixion. Read more »
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art has had the pleasure in recent years of assisting the Museum with this seminal exhibition opening in New York on Flag Day, June 14, 2011 (through October 30) which examines a flexible and enduring style of continuing reinvention, which in its late 19th and 20th century iterations, was largely one conceived, launched, and marketed in New York City.
As the Institute itself does not presently have the capacity for exhibitions at any scale apart from occasional display of the fine work resulting from the core classes of the Grand Central Academy division, it is thrilling that a major cultural institution of renewed distinction took on this rich, dense subject hidden in plain sight in the place we operate the national headquarters. Original objects, reconstructions, and photography both old and new will help tell the story.
The nicknames for the two great lions guarding the terrace of this great Carrère and Hastings landmark (just around the corner from ICAA national headquarters) as it approaches its centennial recall two attributes of the Institute at its steady best, working as we do around the country to uphold our mission. They likewise recall the rigorous path required to learn and apply the classical tradition whether in design, urban plan, landscape, building crafts, and the fine arts. Little worth doing can be achieved without them especially when it comes to shaping a better-built future or advancing artistic excellence.
"Lion" (aka "Fortitude") by Edward Clark Potter, sculptor, Attilio Piccirilli, carver (Anne Day)
By now you’ve likely seen the e-mail messages, read about “it” on our Web site, or on our Facebook page, but now you can watch it!
Ryan Greene, ICAA’s new Education Programs Associate, was hard at work last week putting together images and text (and appropriate soundtrack) for a video about the Beaux-Arts Atelier, beginning Fall 2011.
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