Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sentimental Church (Record) Sunday: St. Vincent de Paul, Chicago: Interior, Main Altar

Four weeks ago I wrote about the exterior of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Chicago, where my Massmann great-grandparents, Frederick Henry Massmann, 1875-1948, and Elizabeth Regina Dienes Massmann, 1876-1946, were married on June 5, 1900Three weeks ago I started writing about the interior, specifically, the stained glass windows; continuing the next week and last week.

This week I am writing about the main, or high, altar of the church.  Here's a view in its entirety (click on all photos to make them larger):

This gorgeous marble altar was designed by Augustine O'Callahan and was installed in 1909 (so, not there when my great-grandparents married).  It is made with eight different types of marble. 

The tabernacle, pictured below, is free-standing (i.e., not part of the reredos or altar panels behind it.

Above:  The upper part of the taberbacle,with the reredo behind it.
Below:  One of the angels guarding the tabernacle.

Left panel (above) and right panel (below) of the reredo behind the main altar.

Above and below:  The Last Supper pictured in the center panel of the reredo behind the altar, directly above and behind the tabernacle.

Even the lower part of the main altar is quite intricate - note the Lamb of God in the center below:

Above and below:  Tile mosaics in the lower part with (mostly) concealed lighting.

Above and below:  Angels to the left and right of the main (high) altar.

Below:  carving at the base of the one of the large angel statues, that includes acanthus leaves and passion flowers, as well as the letters IHS, which are a Christogram, a monogram symbolizing Jesus Christ.   According to Heavenly City: The Architectural Tradition of Catholic Chicago, by Denis Robert McNamara, much of the foliage carvings were done by Carl Beil, who also sculpted for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

Here is one last look at the whole altar.  Next week, I will write about some of the smaller altars around the church.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Those Places Thursday: 257 SW Marconi, Portland, Oregon, An Ewald Pape Design

Another of the earlier designs of my architect first-cousin-twice-removed, Ewald Theodore Pape (1894-1976), is this house at 257 SW Marconi Avenue in Portland, Oregon.  This house is adjacent to Washington ParkI've written about this house before, but it was nice to see it in person on my trip to Oregon in June 2018.  The photo below was taken on the 11th of that month.

Note what's happening on the upper left side of the house, just above and to the right of the front door.  Here's a close-up:

It turns out this house has had at least two, and possibly three, additions (that I could find a record of) since Ewald originally designed it in 1926.  Here is a photograph of the house from approximately May 1981, when the City of Portland did its Historic Resource Inventory (it can be found from this link in the Oregon Historic Sites Database):

The Historic Resource Inventory notes a "two-story addition at rear," but also notes that this happened in 1926, which can't be correct unless it was part of the original plans.  The first mention I found of the house, called the George A. and Jessie Garden [sic] Donald House in the Oregon Historic Sites Database, was a record of the building permit (house value:  $20,000) in the September 4, 1926 Oregonian.  The owner is George Alexander Donald (1886-1944) and his wife is Jessie Gordon Munro Donald (1882-1968), both originally from Scotland.  His first initial is missing from the November 4, 1926 plumbing permit, pictured below:

The March 29, 1932 Oregonian indicates "Nine-Room House Sold - Spanish Mediterranean Home on Marconi Bought" by Otto Klein (1868-1951) and his wife Cora Riggs Klein (1883-1976), operators of the Knickerbocker Restaurant, which was located in the (New) Imperial Hotel at Broadway and Stark (now the Hotel Lucia) from 1920 to 1940.  Prior to that, Klein operated some other well-known early Portland restaurants, such as the Hof Brau (where, before Prohibition, crawfish were cooked in wine) and the "L" Cafeteria.

The Kleins did some remodeling (adding another bathroom for sure) but did not live in the house very long - they are at another address on the 1940 Census.  By the June 28, 1935 Oregonian, a Mr. and Mrs. Pearce C. Davis are living in the house.

An article in the May 8, 1938 Oregonian notes the "Klein Home Kwan Yoshida, Japanese consul, who has just recently been assigned to Portland."  He was replaced that autumn by Motoki Matsumura, who died in an auto accident near Butte, Montana, according to the July 22, 1939 Oregonian.  His replacement, Shiroji Yuki, was in the house with his wife Tsuroko and five-year-old son Hirotake, according to an article in the October 17, 1939 Oregonian.   A November 8, 1940 Oregonian article noted that Yuki was recalled to Japan, and was not replaced until well after World War II and the Kleins' ownership of the house.

John Richard Becker and his wife Madge were living in the house at the time of John's death on September 15, 1951 (September 19, 1951 Oregonian death notice).  The house was on the market November 28, 1954 (ad in the Oregonian), with an asking price of $35,000.

Long-time (and controversial) lawyer and state senator (1939-1951 and 1961-1974) Thomas R. Mahoney (1896-1978) owned the house by September 25, 1956 (fuel tank permit).  He lived at this address through at least March 23, 1970 (Oregonian article).  A little over a year later, the house was on the market again (March 31, 1971 Oregonian ad), with an asking price of $47,500.  By August 25, 1974 (Oregonian ad), the house was on the market again, this time with an asking price of $87,000.  The last recorded sale was in November 2000, for $639,050.

The house is described in the Oregon Historic Sites Database as Mediterranean Revival style.  Special features and materials noted on the Portland Historic Resource Inventory are:

Clay tile hip, gable, and pent roofs.  Stuccoed walls.  Round-arched entrance doorway.  Segmental-arched picture window.  Engaged polygonal tower with round-arched windows.  Wrought-iron balconet, lanterns, and grille.  

These features are visible in the various June 2018 photographs in this post.

Here is the east elevation (view looking west from Marconi Avenue) drawing of the house that shows how the house looked prior to a 2002 remodeling - most likely, this is how it looked as Ewald designed it:

Here is the east elevation with the 2002 addition included, which added 520 square feet to the master suite on the uppermost level - the addition has been crosshatched:

Here's another view of the changes, this time of the north elevation (looking south at the house from a point north of it).  The first is pre-2002:

And this second is after the 2002 expansion of the master suite (the shaded area):

Here is a rough floor plan for the fifth level, with the part shaded yellow being the master suite prior to 2002, and the area outlined in red being the 520 square feet added to it:

Below, you can see the bay window area of the remodeled master suite, in the upper right corner of the photo.  Below it are the kitchen and breakfast nook (the latter in the "engaged polygonal tower" referred to in the Historic Resource Inventory), and to the left, the dining room with the "wrought-iron balconet."

This photo shows the rest of the 2002 master suite addition.  It looks like the windows in this area might open to a small private balcony.  One of the two wrought-iron grilles is clearly visible too.  It's above the kitchen (the arched windows on the left) and a bedroom (on the right).

I was glad to find the plans for the 2002 and 2017-18 additions and renovations on the website, as I wondered, when I took the photo of the garage below, how one got from it up into the house.  (Note the patio just above it, and the wrought-iron grillwork in the round window for the staircase to the front door.)

Turns out there is an enclosed stairwell at the back of the garage....

...which leads up to a second level that includes more enclosed stairs up, a mechanical closet, and access to the patio above the garage.

The enclosed stairwell continues up to the third level, which has a full bath (I believe this is the one added by the Kleins, in 1935), a family room (part of which is the lower half of the "engaged polygonal tower"), and storage closets. 

Finally, these stairs open up onto the fourth level, which is the main floor of the house.  The drawing below (click on it to make it larger) I believe represents the house as Ewald originally designed it.  Note the vaulted ceiling of the living room and the large library.  Also note that the orientation has changed from the previous three levels shown - on this next one, the front (Marconi) side of the house is at the top, rather than at the right.

The latest addition, started in 2017 and still underway in June 2018, is adding two more bedrooms, another bathroom, and a study on the uppermost (5th) level.  It is also adding an extension to the back (west) side of the house, in part to create a landing partway up the stairs for access to these new rooms.  The area below will mostly just partly cover the back patio, but a "mud room" is also being created on the main level under part of the fifth level overhang.  It will add 914 square feet, bringing the total in the living spaces to 4154 (the garage is 576 square feet).

So what do I think of all these changes?  From the ones done in 2002, they appear to maintain the consistency of the house's appearance, and, from the plans, it looks like the 2017-18 addition will do the same.  I would MUCH rather see this house added to in this way, than completely torn down!

Finally, here is what the public entrance to the house looks like from street level.  The house number is on the left, and the nickname of the house is on the right.  The nickname is ironic as Ewald designed a small apartment complex in early 1927 that was apparently called the "Villa Marconi," at least originally.

Here's another photo, showing the wrought-iron lanterns referred to earlier, that I inadvertently cut off in my photo above.

© Amanda Pape - 2018 - click here to e-mail me.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sentimental Church (Record) Sunday: St. Vincent de Paul, Chicago: Interior, Stained Glass III

Three weeks ago I wrote about the exterior of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Chicago, where my Massmann great-grandparents, Frederick Henry Massmann, 1875-1948, and Elizabeth Regina Dienes Massmann, 1876-1946, were married on June 5, 1900Two weeks ago I started writing about the interior, specifically, the stained glass windows; continuing last week.  This is the last of three posts on that topic.

The German baroque windows were obtained from Franz Mayer & Company of Munich, Germany and installed after 1900 - so they weren't there when my Massmann great-grandparents were married.

The images I'm posting today are mostly of saints, and are mostly smaller windows installed above the Stations of the Cross in the middle part of the church.  Part of the challenge was figuring out which saints were represented.

This first one is easy, thanks to the bishop's mitre (hat) and staff, the shamrock in his hand, the snakes, the Celtic cross, and all the green:  St. Patrick (click on the image to make it larger).

The chalice containing a serpent was the key to figuring out this next one - it is St. John the Apostle (also known as St. John the Evangelist).  The scroll and the bird are other symbols - the bird is supposed to be an eagle.

At first I thought this next one was Joan of Arc, because it looks like it could be a woman.  But the flaming sword, the dragon underfoot, and the words on the shield (Quis ut Deus? Latin for "Who is like God?") indicate that this is St. Michael the Archangel.

The saint pictured below, on the east side of the church, north of the transept, is the little-known St. Francis Regis Clet, who was a Vincentian (Congregation of the Mission) priest (the order that operates St. Vincent de Paul parish in Chicago):

Luckily his stained glass window had a plaque just below it identifying him:

Directly opposite, on the west side, is another Vincentian martyr, Saint John Gabriel Perboyre:

And here is the sign for that saint, canonized in 1996:

I'm not real sure who the next two are.  This female saint is on the west side, just south of St. John Gabriel Perboyre, above the first Station of the Cross and a doorway:

This next one is probably Jesus Christ, but what has me intrigued is the building he appears over.  It's not the Illinois State Capitol nor the United States Capitol.  It might be a simplified representation of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in Rome.

Next week, I'll talk about the main altar of the church.

© Amanda Pape - 2018 - click here to e-mail me.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Those Places Thursday: Chasselton Condos, Portland, Oregon - An Ewald Pape Design

Here is another building designed by my architect first-cousin-twice-removed, Ewald Theodore Pape (1894-1976), originally apartments in Portland, Oregon - The Chasselton Condominium.

Above:  Main entry to The Chasselton Condominium, 701 NE 28th Avenue in Portland, Oregon.

An article on page 2 of the June 27, 1926 Oregonian called "Beautiful Homes Multiply Rapidly" stated, "E. T. Pape, Couch building, has made plans for construction of an apartment house, to cost $200,000, two stories high, on the triangle formed by Nelson [now Hoyt], Randall, and Buxton Streets, near East Twenty-eighth and Sandy boulevard, to be erected by Cleland & Hubble [sic], contractors."

Here is the plumbing permit, from September 17, 1926:

The permit includes a rough drawing of the building - I added the street names in red:

The main entrance to the building is in the deep-alcove area on the 28th Avenue side:

Directly on the opposite side of the building is another deep-alcove entrance on the Randall Avenue side of the building:

Another article in the January 9, 1927 Oregonian entitled "New Apartment to Open - Chasselton Building, Near Sandy Boulevard, Cost $150,000" had this to say about the structure:

A new addition to the rapidly growing east side apartment district is the Chasselton apartment on Twenty-eighth street, one block south of Sandy Boulevard. 
This modern two-story brick structure, designed by E. T. Pape and built by Clelland [sic] and Hubble [sic], contains 36 three-room apartments.  A feature of the design permits of all outside rooms. 
Walls and hardwood floors are of approved sound-proof construction.  Each apartment is equipped with tiled bath and shower, and an electric refrigeration system has been installed in every kitchen. 
The owners, J. A. Hubbell and J[ohn]. H. Clelland [sic], will operate the apartment.  The opening is planned for January 15.  The cost was approximately $150.000. 

Other entrances off NE 28th, north (above) and south (below) of the main entrance.

An April 28, 1928 ad in the Oregonian described the apartments as "Adults only, a refined home for particular people; electric equipment, including mangle, Frigidaire; steam heat, 3 rooms and bath, $52.50 to $60."  I'm assuming those are monthly rents.  The Frigidaire would be the refrigerator, and a mangle is a clothes wringer.

Like many apartment buildings, ownership changed many times over the years.  A July 28, 1928, Oregonian article titled "Apartment House Sold - Chasselton Bought as Investment by Yakima Resident" stated John Jacob Miller bought it from Cleland and Hubbell.  Sometime between then and April 21, 1933, Mabel B. Easter acquired the building in an exchange for her Reliance hotel in Spokane, Washington, but it appears she was not too happy about it.  An Oregonian article on that date stated that she was filing suit for $4000 against the real estate broker and his surety company for fraud.

On August 12, 1934, an Oregonian article entitled "Portland Apartment Building Exchanged for Orchard" indicated that Easter was trading the apartments, "valued in excess of $100,000, for a 40-acre filbert orchard nine miles northeast of Vancouver, Wash." and that "W. H. Ambler, formerly an apartment house operator in Tacoma, Wash., takes over the Chasselton apartments."

The building was sold again, according to a November 29, 1936, Oregonian article (with photo) entitled "Metzger-Parker Company Announces Deal":

Announcement of the sale of the Chasselton apartments to the Moskee Investment company by the Diversified Investment company...The Chasselton apartments is a two-story and basement building....every apartment faces on an attractively landscaped garden. 
The apartment is thoroughly modern and recently has been thoroughly redecorated.  However, it is the intention of the purchasing corporation to expend considerable money in new carpeting and other interior decoration.

An ad in the August 15, 1937, Oregonian described a furnished apartment as:
...not only ... a delightful place to live, but also a charming background for your hospitality.  Exceptionally attractive and convenient.  In a distinctively beautiful brick building.  Furniture caters to the man who likes to sprawl as well as the woman who likes things neat.  Three large, well proportioned rooms.  Tile bath.  French windows.  Ultra modern.  Only $47.50, furnished.

Moskee Investments owned the Chasselton through at least early 1959.  In 2007, it was converted from apartments to condominiums.  A one-bed, one-bath, 671 square foot unit sold in May 2018 for $259,000 and included "windowed dining space...dressing room/small office space off bedroom...[washer/dryer] in unit [and] extra storage unit in basement."  Some interior photos are here.

© Amanda Pape - 2018 - click here to e-mail me.