Allen Art Museum Addition
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Architect Robert Venturi
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Location Oberlin, Ohio   map
Date 1973 to 1976   timeline
Building Type art museum
 Construction System brick masonry exterior
Climate temperate
Context suburban campus
Style Post-Modern
Notes Surface facade decorations.
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Discussion Allen Art Museum Addition Commentary

"Pink granite and red sandstone cladding were used to create a decorative facade that plays composite elements against the whole in a reinterpretation of the main building's character. Venturi says: 'we tried to harmonize with his masterpiece in ways not too obvious.'

"The long 'International Style' strip windows of the school and workshop wing make for an uninteresting facade, as the architects themselves acknowledge, since it was intended to simulate loft buildings that house studios for artists and to please the occupants by not infringing on their creativity by an excess of architectural zeal."

—Stanislaus von Moos. Venturi, Rauch & Scott Brown: Buildings and Projects. p180.

The Creator's Words

"But to gain insight from the commonplace is nothing new: Fine art often follows folk art. Romantic architects of the eighteenth century discovered an existing and conventional industrial vocabulary without much adaptation. Le Corbusier loved grain elevators and steam- ships; the Bauhaus looked like a factory; Mies refined the details of American steel factories for concrete buildings. Modern architects work through analogy, symbol, and image—although they have gone to lengths to disclaim almost all determinants of their forms except the structural necessity and the program—and they derive insights, analogies, and stimulation from unexpected images."

—Robert Venturi. from Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour. Learning from Las Vegas. pxvii.

Resources
Sources on Allen Art Museum Addition

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. mediation diagram, p209. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

A. Sanmartín, ed. Venturi, Rauch & Scott Brown. London: Academy Editions, 1986. color photo of interior, p90. color photo of two facades, p91. photo of exterior, p88.

Stanislaus von Moos. Venturi, Rauch & Scott Brown: Buildings and Projects. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1987. ISBN 0-8478-0743-6. LC 86-42713. NA737.V45M6 1987. discussion p180. color photo of interior of gallery, p185. photo of gallery wing, p183.

Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour. Learning from Las Vegas. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1972. ISBN 0-262-22015-6. LC 74-169014. NA735.L3V4. discussion, p.xvii.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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