Buckman Neighborhood’s Domestic Architecture

Along with hanging the PNCA exhibit, hosting a paint critique group at my house, and getting acupuncture treatments for a sciatic nerve upset, I spent this week taking a four-day, couple hours a day, workshop on talking about and drawing the “domestic architecture” (i.e. residences) of our Buckman neighborhood.

The workshop was held through the 100th Monkey Art Studio; I saw the blurb in the Southeast Examiner and, because I’m painting the neighborhood, couldn’t resist signing up.

I am not the world’s greater draw-er. In fact, I could be said to be quite neurotic about the act of putting pen or pencil to paper. I don’t mind working with a brush, but something about the nature of the fine lines and exacting requirements of drawing turns me to mush. So you shouldn’t think I’m actually going to show any of my drawings.

However I can show photos of the domesticity that we drew. On Tuesday, we had a mini-lecture about house styles in Portland (four-square [also call Farm House]) style, Queen Anne, bungalow, Italianate, and cottage). Then, in the remaining 30 minutes we were told to wander near around in the area near the studio and draw 5 differently styled buildings.

Here were my five:

A four-square duplex quite common to the neighborhood; our daughter lived in one for a few years.

A bungalow next to the duplex.

A totally charming cottage, far more complex than its modest size called for (note the bay window in front that also acts as part of the porch).

A single-family four-square just up the street, also very common in the neighborhood (southeastmain originates in a four-square)

An Italianate, just down the street from the Buckman Elementary School.

I was rather hoping the workshop would focus on public architecture, but hey, anything that forces me to draw an Italianate structure in 5.75 minutes is probably doing the world a lot of good, if only because I won’t ever show that drawing to anyone. But it did force me to look good and hard and fast at the primary elements of the structure. –June

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One Response to Buckman Neighborhood’s Domestic Architecture

  1. Janet says:

    I believe these event are all free (haven’t checked into City Club yet), and I think they look very interesting. No sketching is required. I love this urban renewal district (never saw the old neighborhood it replaced), and was quite amused to see it mentioned in Kunstler’s “The Geography of Nowhere” as the only neighborhood like that actually worked.

    Bright Lights City Discussion
    Mon . Sept 8 . 5:30-7 pm, Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave. Portland OR 97209

    Carl Abbott and Randy Gragg offer two histories of the South Auditorium District, before and after urban renewal and Lawrence Halprin’s plazas.

    City Club of Portland: Cultural Landscapes Panel
    Fri . Sept 12 . 12-1:30 pm, The Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave Portland OR 97205

    Charles Birnbaum, director of the The Cultural Landscapes Foundation speaks at City Club of Portland on Lawrence Halprin’s landscapes in Portland.

    Walking Tours: Lawrence and Anna Halprin’s Fountains
    Fri . Sept 12 . 4:30-6:30 pm, Ira Keller Fountain Park, SW 3rd Ave. and SW Clay St Portland OR 97201

    Walking tours of the Halprin-designed plazas with Janice Ross, author of the biography, Anna Halprin Experience As Dance, Randy Gragg, and others.


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