Announcing a Name Change

A message from our President, Paul Gunther

Paul Gunther

After much deliberation and debate, the board of directors has voted to operate henceforth as the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA). Look for the new moniker’s gradual introduction over the months ahead by the Chapters as well as the national office in all print and electronic materials relating to both public and educational programs.

This decision reflects a period of growth along with upfront recognition of our Grand Central Academy of Art and its specific fulfillment of the fine arts aspect of the inter-disciplinary classical mission that has guided our work since the consolidation with Classical America nearly a decade ago. It also announces our purpose more directly with due attention paid to online search results. The fact that the ICAA appears first to Google queries for “classical architecture” is precious beyond measure as we work to tell our story and offer the diverse programs that so many of you work hard to invent and learn from. It serves as well as an improved gateway to our distinguished roster of members and the example of design and craft excellence brilliantly represented.

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Stephen Harby

Join Artist and Architect Stephen Harby for this weekend course in Watercolor Sketching in New York City.

Only a few spaces still available – Register now!

Friday, April 15, 2011
Evening Introduction at ICA&CA
20 West 44th St, 3rd floor
New York, NY, 10036

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Watercolor Sketching in the Field
Location TBD

For any designer, creating a watercolor sketch is both pleasurable and essential as a means of understanding what is seen or designed. In this weekend session participants review the basic process of developing a watercolor sketch. Additionally, participants explore the medium of watercolor, the equipment and materials used, and various techniques including depicting light and shade and color mixing. Instruction begins in the studio with essential materials, media, and methods, and the subsequent sketch sessions will be spent developing watercolor views (both exterior and interior) of specific New York historic sites. Experience with perspective sketching is strongly recommended for this course.

Instructor: Stephen Harby, Artist & Architect

Cost/Learning Units: $240 ($210 members); 9 AIA/CES LUs (manual skills)

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By Calder Loth
Senior Architectural Historian for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and a member of the
Institute of Classical Classical Architecture & Classical America‘s Advisory Council.

Calder Loth

The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates stands in the heart of the Plaka, the historic quarter of Athens at the base of the Acropolis. (Fig. 1)[i] Erected in 334 B.C., the compact structure is only thirty-three feet high but displays the most elaborate version of the Greek Corinthian order surviving from ancient times. This rendition of the Corinthian is unique to this monument. Since its recording and publication by James Stuart and Nicholas Revett in the first volume of The Antiquities of Athens (1762), the Lysicrates Corinthian has been utilized to enrich important Greek Revival buildings on both sides of the Atlantic. (Fig. 2)[ii]

Figure 1. Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, Athens (Loth)

Figure 2. Plate III, Chapter IV, Vol. 1, Antiquities of Athens

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Detroit: (a possible) Future of A Great American City

Paul Gunther

Read Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America’s President Paul Gunther’s Huffington Post Blog:

Move to Detroit Quickly While There’s Still Time
Posted March 25, 2011 | 05:50 PM (EST)

And read more by ICA&CA President here:

Tahrir Square—Where Social Media Found a Footing: Traditional Urban Plazas as Crucible of Change
Posted February 18, 2011 | 06:00 PM (EST)

Celebrating Habitat for Humanity’s 35th Year (And Can Carter Ready Take Credit?)
Posted October 11, 2010 | 12:30 PM (EST)

A Great Design Would Help Park51 Transcend Cultural Borders
Posted September 9, 2010 | 01:05 PM (EST)

Your comments are welcome.

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National Park Service Announces Architectural Drawing Competition

Image courtesy of National Park Service

Sharpen your pencils, the National Park Service has a $1,000 prize at stake in a new competition for architectural artists who create drawings of historic buildings.

“Drawings from the hands of skilled craftsmen are valuable tools when it comes to the protection of America’s treasured historic structures,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “They are a permanent record of our nation’s built environment, created with the precision needed to restore or repair these places of our past. This competition will reinvigorate this specialty and encourage the development of the talents it requires.”

The Historic American Buildings Survey, called HABS, began in 1934. The National Park Service has been its only home. The architectural drawings, large format photographs and written histories HABS uses to document historic structures are housed at the Library of Congress and are available to the public online. More than 40,000 historic structures and sites have been documented.

The competition and its prize are named for Leicester B. Holland (1882-1952), the co-founder of the Historic American Building Survey program and head of the Fine Arts Division of the Library of Congress.

Catherine Lavoie leads the Historic American Buildings Survey today. “The Holland Prize is intended to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of historic sites, structures, and landscapes throughout the United States while adding to our permanent collection. By requiring only a single sheet, the competition challenges the student or professional to capture the essence of the site through the presentation of key features that reflect its historic and its architectural, landscape architectural or engineering significance,” Lavoie said.

Drawings of historic buildings are a crucial component of architectural education. Lavoie said they provide opportunity for young architects to gain an understanding of the principles of design and construction and in addition to their use for restoration work, contribute to new design projects.

The competition will be administered by the National Park Service’s Heritage Documentation Programs. Entries of an historic building, site, or structure including engineering sites and historic landscapes must be prepared by an individual or individuals to standards established by HABS or its sister programs the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS).

In addition to the cash, the winning drawing will be published in Architectural Record magazine.

May 31, 2011 is the deadline for entry form submissions and June 30, 2011 is the deadline for submission of completed entries. Click here to download the Holland Prize entry form, competition rules, and recommendations.

The prize is supported by the Paul Rudolph Trust, Architectural Record, a magazine of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); and the Center for Architecture, Design & Engineering in the Library of Congress, and the National Park Service.

The Holland Prize joins the Peterson Prize in drawing competitions. Each year the HABS/HAER/HALS programs offer students employment and training opportunities.

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2011 Arthur Ross Laureate and the Classical America Series in Art and Architecture Draw Critical Attention

A message from our President, Paul Gunther

Ralph Lauren store, Madison Avenue (Photo courtesy of Polo Ralph Lauren)

The intrepid and versatile chronicler of New York’s built environment, Christopher Gray, whose STREETSCAPES column appears each week in the Sunday Times’s Real Estate section, wrote about East 72nd Street in Manhattan on March 13, 2011 with focus on the restoration of the Carrere & Hastings and Ernest Flagg and Walter Chambers mansions at numbers 7 and 9, and especially the new Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store at the corner of Madison Avenue.

Find it online as it speaks best for itself as a measure of critical consideration and rare ecumenical perspective with an eye on history and the dynamic potential of tradition, including of course what is still called the “modern.”

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