During the past summer days my wife Claudia and I led a team of students to prepare field notes and measured drawings of this turn-of-the-19th-century masterpiece designed by Alfredo B. Wiechers.
For the 2nd consecutive time- our students have been awarded 1st place at the Charles E. Peterson Prize Measured Drawing Student Competition (2015 & 2014). The competition is co-sponsored annually by the National Park Service, Heritage Documentation Program, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the American Institute of Architects.
For more information about the Prize: http://www.nps.gov/hdp/competitions/Peterson_winners.htm
Here are a few sketches I made while assisting the team of students prepare their field notes and documentation drawings.
Following the 19th century tradition I made a composition simultaneously illustrating both interior and exterior views of the dining room area.
Although I like perspective drawings I prefer these analytical drawings. Even if too personal, (meaning that they are really not intended for others), these drawings are essential tools for helping me understand the spatial configuration (and relations) of given building.
For illustrating purposes, I have included this sketch of the main façade I made (and posted) a few years ago.