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So much of our understanding of what makes a building beautiful is based on a notion of discovering or uncovering the perfectly pleasing proportions of an architectural space or facade.  From the earliest writing on architecture in the western world, we have been obsessively concerned with the proper height to width ratio of a column, […]

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It has been a very busy and productive number of months at M. Gerwing Architects and ACI and we have shamelessly neglected the blog in lieu of actually getting projects done. We have a number of projects that are nearing completion, including renovation projects in both North Boulder and South Boulder There are a number […]

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MISTS AND RAIN Waning autumn, winter, mudbound spring- I thank these somnolent seasons which I love for offering to both my heart and mind so vaporous a shroud, so vague a tomb. Here on this hug plain where the wind perfects a will of its own and the weathervane cries all night, now and not […]

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Each year Colorado Preservation Inc identifies a number of interesting and threatened buildings across the state. This year, prominent on the list, was a collective entry – the older advertising signs along Denver’s Colfax Avenue. I have been making images of these signs for years, so I decided to re-post this blog entry of mine from some time ago:

Colfax Avenue runs east-west through Denver, Colorado and is an approximately 26 mile journey from the eastern plains through the heart of the city westward to the base of the mountains.  Starting out as US Highway 40, it was the main entry into Denver from the east until the interstate highway system displaced its welcoming role.  The vestiges of that motor age are still evident in the aging signs that dot its length.  Once known as the “wickedest street in America”, Colfax is pretty tame these days as the muffler shops and fast-food outlets slowly displace the decaying motor inns and diners, vice and violence.

Starting from the eastern edge, you can get ready for your trip to the West by dressing the part

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I am giving a public talk on February 19th on a brief history of Modern Architecture in Boulder at the public library Canyon Theater.  I have given a version of this talk in the past, with emphasis on preservation of the recent past.  This time around I have rewritten the focus of the talk to […]

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  As I have probably spoken about in previous posts, we draw no real distinction between architecture and interiors.  They are all a part of crafting a series of spaces that are made of various materials that make up a building.  To that extent, we spend as much time, and often considerably more, choosing interior […]

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this is the first of a few posts this week about the work of photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard Untitled, (Red River Gorge #21: fog on stream) c. 1967-71 I first ran into his work while in undergrad at the University of Kentucky.  Meatyard was a local Lexington, Kentucky optician who became interested in lenses and […]

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