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In sixty-seven beautiful watercolors and drawings, nationally recognized architect Eugene Aubry captures on paper the sensibilities, the thoughts, and the grace that inspires Galveston, specifically should you are BOI (“born at the island”). Commissioned via the Galveston ancient origin, those artistic endeavors are meant to augment the visible checklist of the structures and the original neighborhood architectural type that such a lot of have liked over the years.?
In the aftermath of storm Ike, Galvestonians turned extra acutely aware than ever of the treasure of the island’s historic structure and the vulnerability of this background to forces past human regulate. Aubry’s paintings captures the virtually palpable feel of prior glories those constructions recall to mind. Aubry—himself BOI—has shaped those items in a fashion that resonates with those that love the island’s ethos.
With an outstanding eye to the artist’s rationale and a mastery of aspect, architectural historian Stephen Fox expertly and eloquently introduces the paintings as a complete and, in discursive captions that accompany every one picture, informs the reader’s appreciation of Aubry’s art.
So even more than a tribute, Born at the Island: The Galveston We Remember stands as a loving homage to Galveston—one that would name its readers domestic to the island, no matter if they've got by no means ventured there before.
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Aubry’s emphasis on the theme of lightness carries over to his depiction of one edge of the Mardi Gras Arch in the left foreground. Its ephemeral construction harmonizes with the masonry solidity of the Marx and Blum Building, as though the latter’s masonry masses were enlightened by proportional grace. 48 22. 2425–2427 market The two-story building on the corner of 25th and Market Streets appears to have served as the pretext for this drawing just so that Aubry could indulge in the voluptuous, lipstick-red coloration of the stepped curb.
2317–2319 strand, merchants mutual insurance co. building The Merchants Mutual Insurance Co. Building differed from other three-story storefronts on the Strand chiefly by having a Mansard roof and paired dormer windows. These distinguishing elements have made it the standout on its block of the Strand since it was completed in 1869. Aubry’s depiction stresses the groundfloor cast iron arcade. Unlike those of other Strand buildings, the Merchants Mutual arcade has entrance bays at each end that are wider than those in the middle, breaking the uniform repetition of bays that exercises such a hypnotic effect as you walk past them.
2010 mechanic, galveston historical foundation mechanic street warehouse There is a poignancy about those nineteenth-century Galveston buildings that bear evidence of insensitive adaptations during the twentieth century. Modifying the Mercantile Marine Building by cutting through its ground-floor arcade to make an opening big enough for a truck to drive through and then enclosing that opening with a prosaic roll-down garage door is observed by Aubry in this drawing but not commented upon. Prior to the restoration campaign that began in the 1970s, such alterations were the norm in downtown Galveston rather than the exception.