Random Notes - A Blog
25 February 2007
For me, the most remarkable aspect of Organica is the reproduction of Purcell’s Parabiographies, his reflections on individual P&E buildings and the personalities associated with them. They are by turns folksy and profound, prosaic and poetic. The cheek-and-jowl relationship of comments about wood trim details with musings on the influence of architecture in modern life reveals that the practical was never very far from the philosophical. It in large measure explains why the firm’s work remains so satisfying almost a century later.
If you have found any interest in these pages, you must visit Organica, which has provided so much inspiration for my own efforts.
10 February 2007
Miles Miller, the author of the Central Park Ward Chapel and the previously mentioned Parowan chapel, was for a time a partner of Clifford Percy Evans and Taylor Woolley, both former Wright employees. I am quickly seeing, based on Butch’s photos, that a very intriguing dissertation might be written on the choice of the Prairie style by the Latter-Day Saints for its chapels.
4 February 2007
The state of Utah, currently existing in these pages only as a list of buildings that we hope are still standing, is poised to acquire some flesh and bones. Check out the Third/Fourth Ward Chapel in Parowan, which seems to be equal parts Larkin Building and Austin Congregational Church.
As always, I welcome your comments about this site or any Prairie School building.
John A. Panning, Lake City, Iowa
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