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Michael John Ray
Kansas City, Missouri (Paris of the Plains)
Husband. Father. Architect.
Interests: history, art, the ocean
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University of Colorado - Boulder 1921-1939 Charles Z. Klauder Pencil rendering of Men's Gymnasium (Carlson) photo by M. Ray A little over a year ago, Populous embarked on a quest to be hired as architect of new training facilities for the Athletic Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder campus.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Analytique
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Flight DL 2158 - 01/13/2014 Maybe a little sad to admit that looking out the airplane window has become a source of inspiration to sketch these days. Hardly architectural. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at Analytique
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Flight DL 6099 - 12/19/2013 Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at Analytique
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Greek Temple of Hera (II) Paestum, Campania - Italy 460 BC One of the most profound architectural experiences of my life; Paestum provides the visitor with three Greek temples ruins that showcase the evolution and progression of the Greek classical language. The most recently constructed "Temple of Hera" contains the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at Analytique
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Union Station 1914 - Kansas City, MO Jarvis Hunt (nephew of Richard Morris Hunt) Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2013 at Analytique
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Feb., 2013 Pen and ink sketch of view from a rear window. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at Analytique
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"...there must also be a prevenient courage that allows us to be brave - that is, to acknowledge that there is more beauty than our eyes can bear, that precious things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm." from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at Analytique
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"Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing" by Michael Graves New York Times, 2012 MR sketch of Southgate Cross - Annapolis, MD I could not agree more with Mr. Graves; but I probably would have added something about our profession going down the crapper as a result of losing this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at Analytique
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Subiaco Abbey 1887 - Logan County, Arkansas Subiaco Abbey is named for the Italian village where St. Benedict lived in a cave, then founded the Benedictine Order. Much like the Benedictine Abbey in Atchison-KS, Subiaco was founded mid-to-late 19th century as part of an expansion amoung roman Cantholic communities into... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2012 at Analytique
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Parish Church of St. Mary, the Virgin, Aldermanbury 1677 - London 1969 - Fulton, Missouri Discovering a 17th century, Christopher Wren-designed, London parish church in Midwestern America is the architect's equivalent of seeing a mirage in the desert. Or, like finding buried treasure. St. Mary, Aldermanbury church and parish were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2011 at Analytique
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at Analytique
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Freer Gallery 1923 - National Mall, City of Washington Palazzo as gallery on the Mall, designed by Charles A. Platt for railroad magnate Charles Lang Freer. The most well-known story about Freer and the arts has to do with the Peacock Room created by James McNeill Whistler who was greatly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at Analytique
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Original Rules of Basket Ball Winter 1891 - Springfield, Mass Visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum last Friday for the opening of "James Naismith's Original Rules of Basket Ball" exhibit. Two typed pages defining the original 13 rules were purchased at auction last December for $4.3 million. The new owner intends to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2011 at Analytique
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Wren Building 1700 - College of William & Mary, Virginia The oldest college building in the United States isn't in Cambridge (Massachusetts Hall, 1718); the "Main Building" on the William & Mary campus has been in use as academic facility since it's completion in 1700. According to the 1794 writings... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at Analytique
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Entrance to Gardens, Fontainebleau, France 1924 - Daniel MacMorris (oil sketch, E.V.R. collection) Daniel MacMorris is mostly recognized by his contribution as a public muralist painter and his devotion to the beauty, color and truth of classical genre painting. He is also known for a few very well-known portraits of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at Analytique
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Pan American Union Building (Organization of American States) 1910 - Washington, D.C. From Paul P. Cret, Dec. 22 1940 (ten commandments): - Don't: try to please everybody; try to please yourself first of all. - Don't: save time during the study of a project - it will save time during... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2010 at Analytique
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Marine Barracks 1801 - Washington D.C. John Philip Sousa, born a few blocks away from the Marine Barracks, in SE Washington, joined the Marines as a musician apprentice at age 13. Most famous for composing marches the most familiar to my ear is The Washington Post March - for a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2010 at Analytique
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U.S. Patent Office 1836 - City of Washington, District of Columbia I am currently on assignment in Washington (more about with a future post), and had a chance to visit one of my favorite buildings designed by one of my favorite American architects for this post. Prior to designing the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2010 at Analytique
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August Robert Meyer Memorial 1909 - The Paseo, Kansas City Meyer Boulevard and Meyer Circle are probably the most fitting tributes to the life of August Meyer-each are landmark realizations of the George Kessler designed Parks and Boulevard system in Kansas City. It was Meyer who as the first president... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2010 at Analytique
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Louis A. House Memorial Southwest High School, Kansas City, Missouri See dedication plaque below. Intriguing, isn't it? Also neat, is that these stones currently reside adjacent to the interesection of 65th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Different Pennsylvania Avenue, but I'd like to think it's no accident. According to the Truman... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2010 at Analytique
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Central Presbyterian Church 1924 - Hyde Park, Kansas City Inspired at yesterday's K.C. Public Library lecture by architectural colorist Paul Helmer on two historic churches of Kansas City, I decided to visit Central Presbyterian Church located at Armour and Campbell in Hyde Park. A very tight composition by Charles Shepard... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2010 at Analytique
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New Second Presbyterian Church 1915, 1917 - 55th & Oak, Kansas City Prior to constructing the building at 55th & Oak streets, the Second Presbyterian Church and Manse were located at 13th and Central. Lucky 13. During the Great Convention Hall fire of 1900, flames lept across Central Avenue and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2010 at Analytique
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Columbian Exposition 1893 - Midway, Chicago (Field Museum Library collection) Upon learning that the Columbian Theater in Wamego, Kansas houses 6 large murals from the 1893 Columbian Exposition U.S. Government Building, I spent some time reading about the history of this collection. Amazingly, during 1990 renovations to the theater, 14... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2010 at Analytique
Michael John Ray is now following Marc Johns
Jun 7, 2010
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Hahnemann Memorial 1901 - Scott Circle, Washington, D.C. Inscription on East side of memorial: "Christian Friederich Samuel Hahnemann - Doctor in Medicine - Hofrath - Leader of the Great Medical Reformation of the Nineteenth Century - Founder of the Homoeopathic School." While I am not a student of homeopathic medicine,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Analytique