Monday, August 01, 2011

HC&A's New Exhibit "Architectural Renderings: From Neo-Classicism to Modernism", Now on Display

The new exhibit from the Historical Collections & Archives is on display on the 3rd floor of BICC in the Library lobby on the OHSU Marquam Hill Campus. It's a perfect excuse to take a tram ride and view the city and surrounding areas, including the snowy peaks of the Cascades, from high above Portland.

The exhibit titled Architectural Renderings: From Neo-Classicism to Modernism, reveals in pen and ink the culmination of the dreams and aspirations of Kenneth A. J. Mackenzie, second Dean of the University of Oregon Medical School. What was intially given the derisive moniker, "Mackenzie's Folly", enveloped the optimism and hope of this one man: to build a world class medical education center perched high above Portland's busy city center.

The "Folly" is immortalize in the merged architectural styles represented in the extraordinary drawing by architect, Ellis F. Lawrence (1879-1946), et al. (see poster). Though quite different from Lawrence's original interpretation, Mackenzie's dream has come to fruition. From one small seed a great university has emerged.

The illustrations represent various architectural styles and depict campus structures designed by architects, Lawrence and Holford; Burns, Bear, McNeil & Scheider; Campbell Yost Partners; Zimmer, Gunsul Frasca; Thomas Hacker and Lawrence, Tucker & Wallman and two works by artist [Forrest Cannzeta?].

For those who cannot travel to OHSU, the online version of the exhibit provides access to the brochure text; the architectural drawings can be viewed through the Artist's Gallery link.

1 comment:

Sara Piasecki said...

Excellent exhibit topic!