Graham Home for Old Ladies was originally erected in 1850 as a retirement home for indigent elderly females- later foreclosing after its centennial, in the 1960's, due to economic decline. After its lengthy abandonment, the Bull Shipper's Motor Lodge occupied the home in the 1970's as a house of prostitution. The brothel was evicted in the 1990's and neglected for another decade. In 2001, it was transformed into a residential condominium that still stands today.
The Graham Home's past appropriation reveals a narrative of time through its evolution; the iterations of the home tells a tale of human survival through the occupants' varying degrees of circumstance. Through a study of the building's multiple iterations, one can see an abstract connection where every iteration is only connected through its preceding reality-- like that of a domino effect. For example, the Graham Home was originally donated to house elderly women but later became the location for young ladies of the hour. This conversely transformed, ultimately catering to the financially stable home owner as a condominium. This link between multiple points in time serves as the conceptual underpinning of Momentarily Untitled's design process. I refer to such in-betweeen states as "Other." The pieces of this project tell the tale of the design's evolution; seeing that the preceding iteration informs the subsequent reality.
It began with a line.
Line becomes form through material exploration.
Material finds design intention.
Multi-Purpose and Performance Venue: Final Iteration
fabric, plaster, steel, wood