Thursday Doors: South Doors Washington Legislative Building

W16 4 STUDIO REMODEL 1Because we are in the middle of expanding our business studio space (and yes, I get a bit bigger art space to boot) I am pulling up old images with a new twist for Thursday Doors, (Check out Norm’s amazing doors, and others, here!)

W14 10 22 WA CAP SYMMETRY 16W14 10 22 WA CAPITOL TIFFANY GLASS 21Most of us don’t think about how
doors affect us because most
modern developers of buildings (not architects) often slap a door wherever.  Designers of older buildings, especially formal buildings. knew how to move a person through a space to allow them to experience the building and the
landscape as they wanted them to see it.  In the case of the Washington State Legislative Building, the central entry doors, locked (they have a hinge problem that needs to be repaired), are a key to experiencing the building, the portico, and the views.  From the rotunda, you can see the door I drew below, right.

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Leaving the building through the
beautiful bronze doors,
you move into a formal portico.
Overhead is a majestic hanging
lamp and carved floral motifs
(which may be dogwood)

This is the door the Governor
was likely to use, as the
mansion is a stones throw up the hill.

I sketched what I saw directly
under the hanging lamp, below.

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Leaving the portico you walk
down the central axis through the
arches to a path which leads you
to the Prichard Building, right,
the south end of the campus.

The formality is meant to guide
you to what is important, to force your eyes to see what the architects and clients thought to be important.

I sketched my view in October, below, when the leaves were changing.

W14 10 22 WA CAP SYMMETRY 2Stillman & Birn Journal, with a Pentalic 2B woodless pencil, Platinum Preppie Pen,
Noodler’s ink, and Daniel Smith, Sennelier, and Holbein watercolors.

        

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12 Responses to Thursday Doors: South Doors Washington Legislative Building

  1. Norm 2.0 says:

    Just lovely – thanks for sharing 🙂

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  2. I love your sketches as much as the lamp and ceiling! Great post.

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for joining us Kate with your special take on Thursday Doors, Kate! This is great! I love your explanation too, about the way the (don’t really bother to) design modern buildings.

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  4. An impressive building!

    janet

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  5. sandidureice says:

    Extremely interesting. Thankyou. Love the combo of paintings from photos and all the analysis.

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