14 December 2005

Wieneke & Rutledge Medical Building -- sketch

Perspective sketch of the Wieneke & Rutledge Medical Building in Kirkwood, Missouri designed by architect Harris Armstrong in 1941. This perspective was hand drawn by Armstrong on the title page of the specifications for the construction. Lines indicating where shadows would fall have been shown, but no toning of the drawing has been done.

The arrangement of planters, cantilevered roof, and climbing vines gives a very clear indication of Armstrong's intention. While the building is abstract and geometrical, the planters and vines indicate and frame the entry (for both vehicles and pedestrians). The photograph of the built structure is not as explicit in this regard.

Drawing courtesy of the Harris Armstrong Archives, Special Collections, Washington University in Saint Louis.

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