Visiting a city rich in historical architecture is like crack for a stone and tile geek like me. Around every corner is an amazing building with beautiful decorative details. I can’t wait to get out on the streets with camera in hand!
This very modern looking glass and steel honeycomb ceiling that greeted me in the vestibule of the main entrance, was just the beginning of a unfolding designorama. Once inside I feasted my eyes on the interior, completely clad in White Marble from Carrara, Italy and inlaid with Tiffany glass and gold leaf mosaics. Add to this the ornate carved plaster ceilings and brass light fixtures and you can see why it was called the “Palace of the People” when it opened as the city’s first public library in 1897.
The inlaid glass borders surrounding the beautiful cast iron grill recalls Romanesque Italian designs, and I love how the marbleized glass almost mimics the movement in stone.
Apropos of a library, the names of famous authors are highlighted in classically themed mosaics though out the building… Check out the amazing chandelier modeled after a classic brazier.
At this point, my brain was about to explode, but I kept ascending the stairs, holding tight to the baluster to prevent the dizziness brought on by the decorative onslaught from bringing me to my knees.
Along the way, other amazing details came to light, such as the sensually curved marble walls. A sublime detail now, but an incredible technical feat at the time the building was constructed.
As I reached the top of the final flight of stairs to the main hall, now used for musical performances, I could just glimpse the magnificent Tiffany Glass Dome. Simply breathtaking!
There is so much magnificent decorative and architectural beauty in our major US cities, and I find all of it very stimulating and inspiring to my work. What is your favorite US city for architectural treasures?
At-el-ier / atl’ya/ Noun: A workshop or studio, especially one used by an artist or designer.
A place of creativity, inspiration and passion, an atelier is four walls outside of our heads for all our ideas to spill out and manifest themselves into concrete creations. It can be your office, a space in your home put aside for only you and your tools, a studio space you retreat to for quite introspection, or simply a bulletin board pinned with all that becomes the catalyst for your creativity.
Our new blog, Atileier, is our virtual studio. A place where we share our passion for stone, tile, interior design, architecture, fashion, food, travel and, well… simply anything stylish and amazing. It’s a glimpse into what inspires us and drives us to create all that is Walker Zanger.
The door to our studio is always open. Come on in and explore. You are always welcome here. Share with us what inspires you, leave comments, and if you’re not shy, become a guest blogger. Grab your cappuccino, coffee, or tea, sit awhile and enjoy.
We look forward to seeing you often.