Sunday, November 24, 2013
The Okie Influence
I've done some Okie style houses in the past, but usually just as projects for my own amusement, magazine articles and such, hoping to lure some clients into enjoying the warmth and interest of his work. This year, I've done several homes based on some of his projects and had them rendered by Bud Lichtenwalner to help promote the style and look which is so perfectly suited to a home in SouthEast Pennsylvania. (I'm not so sure it would look right in Florida). There is a timeless sense of appropriateness that the homes seem to exude to me as a native of the area. I'm not sure why we so often look to Europe or the South for our inspiration, when our local heritage is so rich. In any event here are some of the renderings we've had done recently. At bottom is a proposed addition to my Mom's house done if not in an Okie style, at least in a Pa. vernacular manner which blends with the Colonial revival style of the existing. It was originally designed by the local firm of Jacoby and Everett in 1937. Herb Everett was a Penn grad, like Okie, and no doubt was quite familiar with the popular Philadelphia style at the time it was done in the mid 30's. In a shameless plug, the house is available for sale now (without the addition). See it here: http://www.doreyrealestate.com/riverbend2.asp
Another link to Southbrook Farm is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SOUTH_BROOK_FARM.jpg
That is the model for the home on the right above.