Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mystery Architect no more

It really amuses me to some extent that this neighborhood doesn't have the common sense to protect and restore one of the best pieces of rare and fine Architecture it has. Of course, I'm talking about the "Midland Terrace" again.
It just goes to show you that you can lead the horse to water but you can't make him drink. I'm now getting deluged with e-mails asking me about the Rowhouse. There is nothing I can say, but we live in a heartless city.
Or maybe I should say hopeless.
Today I was forwarded this message: It came to me from a Librarian in Texas of all places. I suggest you go to this site and read more about the King and his Architecture. This book about early "notable" Clevelanders had to be printed before 1925, because it is printed in the "past" present tense, so in other words it was published sometime before December 1925, because George died December 21, 1925.
They are only alive in our hearts at the moment as we pause to say a prayer for the man and his buildings. Click on:

http://www.heritagepursuit.com/Cuyahoga/Cleveland1910VIIP150.htm (Scroll through about to the 4th notable)

Okay the material is a little dated, but it clearly indicates that George S. King worked on Hotels, buildings and residences all across the country! The whole United States!! Can you believe that! What's even more exciting is that we have one of his very first buildings right here on Denison Avenue, as grungy and dirty as it looks, it was this Architects very first vision! This Building deserves to be rightfully restored right down to a bronze plaque with his name on it!!

Another example of his work can be viewed here, if you click on this site: http://www.texasbnb.com/

This graceful Texas mansion was built in 1919 by the King. Our King was George Samuel King and he built this opulent mansion for George Smith King, who was a Houston Attorney and County Auditor. Ironically both men were born in 1876 and affluent figures of their day in two different cities miles apart.

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