Architect George Milton Small’s Office Building

Milton Small's Office seen from Brooks Avenue

George Milton Small’s Office seen from Brooks Avenue

This building has been home to a few different businesses over the years, but was originally the architectural office of George Milton Small, who designed it and worked in it for many years. Located on Brooks Avenue on a small lot near the NCSU campus, the building is raised on columns creating a parking area below. The hardwood ceiling over the parking and open gravel lot beneath makes it a much nicer parking experience than most utilitarian lots beneath buildings.

Stair to office above

Stair to office above

The other feature that makes for a nice experience is the pedestrian link directly off the sidewalk, across the water fountain, and up the stairs into the entrance.

Pedestrians enter from the street, over the water feature, then up the stairs.

Pedestrians enter from the street, over the water feature, then up the stairs.

George Milton Small was born in 1916 in Oklahoma,  studied architecture in Chicago under Mies Van der Rohe, moved to Raleigh 1948 and over the next decades contributed many modern buildings to the Raleigh landscape.  He died in 1992.

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Deck of Oaks

Two of Diamonds - 9"x12"- 2013

Two of Diamonds – 9″ x 12″- 2013

This is art I created for the Deck of Oaks, a deck of playing cards with each card illustrated by a different Raleigh artist. They are available at the Boylan Art Walk this Sunday December 15th at the Broadreach office at 806 McCulloch St. for a $15 donation to one of three local non-profits: Helping Hands Mission, Second Chance Pet Adoptions or Toxic Free NC and 100% of the proceeds go to these organizations. They will soon be available at local retailers.

It was an honor being asked to participate in this, and thanks goes to Ladye Jane Vickers for making it happen.

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“Pedestrian” products available at Design Box in December

Steel bottle opener

Steel bottle opener

I have some hand-made items available for sale at the Design Box in downtown Raleigh during the month of December. I’ve made a few series of bottle openers and some “idea books”- notebooks made with 100% recycled paper and bound Japanese-style.

"Idea Books" -44 pages of blank acid-free recycled paper.

“Idea Books” -44 pages of blank acid-free recycled paper.

I also have a book of my artwork available that I created earlier this year.

"What is the Subject? Who is the Audience?" Art by Vincent Whitehurst

“What is the Subject? Who is the Audience?” Art by Vincent Whitehurst

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Brian Walsby Art at Foundation

Brian Walsby – who I posted about back in April has some colorful art up at Foundation Bar in Raleigh for the next few months.

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The medium is ink and water color pencil on paper. 5 pieces are on display.

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Art of the Brick

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Artist Nathan Sawaya creates large scale works in both 2 and 3D out of lego blocks. His colorful, fun-for-the-family exhibition is currently in Graham, NC at the Alamance County Arts Council’s Captain White House.

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Bottle Openers

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Here are a few bottle openers I’ve been making recently.

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Jamestown, Virginia

Fort rebuilt at the old city Jamestown site

Rebuilt fort at the old city Jamestown site

 

We took a trip to Jamestown and Williamsburg, Virginia this past weekend. I grew up visiting my grandmother in Williamsburg but don’t remember too much of the historic sites in the area. There are a decent amount of bike trails and you can actually stay in colonial Williamsburg and ride all the way to Jamestown, not to mention ride a loop around Jamestown Island once you get there.

Mansion Ruins at the Historic Jamestowne Site

Mansion Ruins at the historic Jamestowne Site

biking around Jamestown Island

biking around Jamestown Island

Riding the ferry across the James river

Riding the ferry across the James river

 

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