Friday, November 26, 2010

the impact of design in interior spaces

The top photograph is from the interior of the Hume House, which was built in c. 1890 in Muskegon, Michigan. Both the Hume House, shown in the bottom picture, and the Hackley House in the background were designed by David S. Hopkins in the late 1880s. The Hume House with it’s polychrome paint scheme of fourteen tones is indicative of late nineteenth century Victorian architecture. Photographs by Versluis, copyright © 2010.

As the top picture shows, the interior hallway entry of the Hume House displays more complex and transitional patterns of Art Nouveau/Jugendstil style stenciling. The design motif, interestingly, contrasts with “simpler” patterns of machine cut geometric woodwork. The interior is in the process of being restored to it’s historic 1915 appearance.

The exterior has been restored to it’s 1890 appearance and is considered to be an excellent example of “Queen Anne”/Aesthetic style found in the United States.

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