WHAT’S BEHIND THE WOLFSONIAN’S MEDITERRANEAN REVIVAL FAÇADE? MORE BEAUTIFUL FAÇADES!
This last Wednesday, FIU Assistant Professor of Architecture David Rifkind and visiting Mellon-grant scholar and co-instructor, Dennis Doordan of the University of Notre Dame ushered the students in their “Material and Visual Studies of Modernity” class on another visit to the Wolfsonian library. This time the instructors were joined by guest presenter and Associate Professor Grey Read from FIU’s School of Architecture. Professor Read had graciously agreed last minute to return to the rare books library to revisit and reflect on some of the materials she had studied here years before during her own Wolfsonian Museum Research Fellowship in 2001.
At that time, Professor Read had focused on the work of a number of architects represented in our collection—Robert Mallet-Stevens (French 1886-1945) in particular.
Professor Read had also examined a number of our rare portfolios dedicated to shop fronts and façades. And so, we spread out on the main reading room table a plethora of portfolio plates illustrating designs for enticing urbane Parisian street strollers off of the sidewalks and into the great city’s “haute culture” boutiques.
Today’s blog is intended to provide my readers with a glimpse of some of these works seen and admired by the students and scholars. Enjoy.