I suspect I’m not the only MissPreser who enjoys the occasional Rejuvenation catalog that comes in the mail. I like to flip through it and try to imagine my simple little Minimal Traditional house with any of these lush reproductions from America’s many eras of architectural styles.
But I’ve always thought the various “eras” they represent are somewhat over-the-top, that probably there were only a few high-end examples of those exact Art Deco or Space Age light fixtures. In fact, I distinctly remember as I looked through the latest catalog back in August or so, being caught by this little light fixture in the “Mid-Century Modern” era, called Spektr. I thought it was incredibly stylish, but at the same time decided that “real Mississippi” buildings probably never had something this cool.
Imagine my surprise when I was walking through the Vandiver Student Union at Moorhead’s Mississippi Delta Community College a few weeks ago, and realized that the curved interior wall that follows the lines of the circular exterior wall was dotted with this fixture??
I was really pleasantly surprised by Vandiver, one of the two round buildings I showed you in yesterday’s post. It’s a nicely detailed Modern building that seemed to me perfect for a student union as I walked through it. I was disappointed when I was there though to see that the offices surrounding the center court were boxed up or totally empty, and then yesterday, Theodore commented that he’s heard the building is up for demolition. This is very discouraging, as I noted in response, not just from a preservationist’s standpoint but also from the perspective of a taxpayer. It seems everywhere I turn, colleges and universities are tearing down their 1950s and 1950s steel-framed, sturdy concrete buildings and almost always building in their place (if they replace them at all) Dryvit-clad overscaled Frankensteins. Simultaneously, they are raising tuition and asking for more money. Here’s a thought: stop treating your buildings like toilet paper! Smart building management: that’s the kind of sanity I would like to restore.
Well, this post started out fun and turned serious. Sorry about that. To return to the fun, spend this weekend watching the tv series Veronica Mars, where you can see how many of Rejuvenation’s Deco Lighting collection you spot over the course of a season.
Note: The previous paragraph should in no way be construed as an admission on my part of having watched all three seasons of Veronica Mars. Or of being nerdy enough to play “Spot the Light Fixture.”