Sunday, May 3, 2009

Snapshot, Saturday

Two photos from my walk yesterday.
Good window, bad air-conditioner. Corner of Hodgson and Smith St (you can notice it as you leave the Smith St Safeway). I like the massing of forms in this door frame. The two layer pediment and stocky pilasters seem to float, held up by nothing. Very mannerist. Actually I have been noticing a lot of mannerist-style architecture (Melbourne Mannerism?) in Melbourne buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. However, it isn't a often discussed in descriptions, just generally referred to as 'Italianate' or 'Classical'.
This door frame is a sculptural mass of classical framing motifs that have been reduced to stocky simplified versions. The pilasters flanking the sides of the door have become thick strips with three simple ridges. The scrolls on the front pediment are reduced to egg shapes. The front pediment also looks like it is precariously balanced on a tiny sliver of the side pilasters.

Trees and shadows on a white house on Gore St.

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