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Jay Curtis: "ArtGlass & Metal" in the Arts & Crafts tradition

finding arts & crafts in unexpected places

One thing we talk about regularly is finding Arts & Crafts vernacular in what can only be called unexpected places. Sometimes the use might be inappropriate but still well-executed; sometimes neither. Reader Jean Emery wrote to tell us about her own experience at finding Spanish Colonial architecture in the last place you'd expect - upstate New York:

This is a visual response to the post about transplanting or recreating the arts and crafts vernacular. I hope this picture comes through. I'm a fourth generation San Diegan transplanted to upstate New York and I've always taken a great interest in a group of about twenty or so Spanish colonial homes built in Albany, probably in the 1920s or so. They're so California!  But, as you can see, they haven't fared very well here. I would love to buy one, but they generally are in pretty poor shape, have been terribly re-muddled. The stucco doesn't take well to repeated freezing and thawing, and the original windows weren't at all energy efficient so have been replaced with ugly double-panes.

Also, the new Stickley arts and crafts reproductions are big here in town because we're near the manufacturer in Syracuse, but they just don't have the soul and the patina of the originals. And American Bungalow has recently had some vulgar, expensive houses with customized woodwork run amuck!

I'm not really sure what the moral of all this is. I do love these bits of Mediterrean architecture plunked down in the snow belt!

Jean notes that one such home - 17 Rosemont Street in Albany (pics) - is for sale at an asking price of $178,900.

Thanks for sharing these, Jean. We do love to see this kind of thing, so if other readers have pictures to share, please do send them in!

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