Green & Wicks . Drafting Room . Buffalo 1800’s


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I find this photo so interesting … the architects are not identified and no history has been recorded on this photo, but the overall image of the drafting room shows two men working by gas and natural light only. It’s wild to see the number of renderings pinned to each wall, all done by hand, the man hours have had to be intense, combine that with the number of buildings designed and built by Green & Wicks, and the story and history of their efforts is intense, impressive and borderline insane.

I wonder, has todays technology improved the process? I briefly worked for an architectural firm’s satellite office in Fort Myers, Florida (ADG) and I am certain the architects would find conditions of the past challenging, at best.

This photo also shows I think, one of the first cubicle effects for office layout and planning. There is a partition for each workspace with large windows for each for natural lighting. No Starbucks.

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About Stories, Old & New

My background is in Public Relations with a B.S. from Syracuse University. I would like to publish "Rabbitwild - A Shelter in the Wilderness", written by my Great Grandfather, William S. Wicks, a gifted early American Architect and Naturalist. Wicks, a member of the first group to purchase 100,000 acres of Adirondack Wilderness with the idea that it should remain a "forever wild" preserve, in fact designed and built "Rabbitwild" within the Adirondack League Club. And so, this blog isn't about me at all, but about remembering Wicks, his legacy, love and loyalty to natural design. By happenstance, he created the same appreciation in me for all that is beautiful, by nature.

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