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Thomas H. Hughes Architecture - Perspective - July 2010
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  In the profession of architecture, there is one basic need that the architect inherently addresses: to provide shelter. A higher standard reaches beyond this initial accomplishment, to work through program requirements, layer the design with responses to the project research, and to add the professional insight the architect brings to the table. This issue of "Perspective" includes three recent projects that look at the theme of "Representation", one of the layers of thought and research that the architect brings to any given project.

  Canadian Building at the Panama-California International Exposition

A brief history on American Mediterranean style architecture:

Beginning in the 16th century: Spanish explorers discover and claim much of South and Central America. Spanish settlers soon arrive, importing home architecture to the New World.

Beginning in the 1870s: Oil tycoon Henry Flagler takes his ill wife to Saint Augustine, Florida in hopes of restoring her health. He finds the weather cooperative, but the infrastructure lacking. Backed by the fortunes he'd made as John D. Rockefeller's partner in Standard Oil Corporation, he spends the next decades creating an "American Riviera" all along the coast of southern Florida. The first two Mediterranean style buildings in modern America – the Ponce de Leon and the Alcazar hotels – are erected in St. Augustine. The architect is the New York firm of Carrere and Hastings.

Beginning in 1915: The Panama-California Exposition opens in San Diego, California to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal. The chief architect for the fair is Boston architect Bertram Goodhue, who certainly knows of Flagler's work. Goodhue designs a fantasy city based on Spanish Colonial architecture that ornaments large surfaces with Mexican and Spanish-influenced decoration. The nod to Spanish architecture also means that one can detect references to Muslim and Persian influences.

1918: Like the Flaglers before him, famous architect Addison Mizner hopes to improve his health, so he relocates from New York to Palm Beach, Florida. Also like Flagler, Mizner concentrates his renewed energies on grand architectural statements cast in the language of Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Mission styles. Among his accomplishments is the creation of the new resort, Boca Raton. El Mirasol by Architect Addison Mizner

Present day: Burroughs & Chapin Co., Inc. has created The Grande Dunes Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. Several years ago, they began to envision a place directly across the main entry bridge to the resort which would provide retail opportunities in an environment reminiscent of Addison Mizner's work. The commission to translate this vision was entrusted to Thomas H. Hughes/Architecture, P.C. The program for this initial phase of development includes approximately 85,000 square feet of buildings accommodating Lowes Foods, several restaurants and other high-end boutiques.

    Coastal Destination  

grande dunes marketplace
myrtle beach, sc

Burroughs &
Chapin Co., Inc.

project manager:
Kerry Lim,
Burroughs &
Chapin Co., Inc

project architect:
Carlos Vincent Espinosa, AIA, NCARB
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  Grande Dunes Marketplace - Retail Shops (Click to Enlarge)  

Architect Carlos Espinosa's assembly of buildings features Mediterranean style massing and details - graceful curves, decorative brackets, window trim, and balconies – and generous amenities. The food store features a rotunda over the produce area and a covered porte-cochere for pre-ordered grocery pick-up. Large plaza spaces and lush landscaping help enhance the visitor's enjoyment of the marketplace. Generous sidewalks undulate along the face of the buildings to create gathering spaces, while the buildings are dressed in the vibrant Mediterranean colors so appreciated by Mizner, Goodhue, Flagler, and perhaps even Cortez and Desoto.
Grande Dunes Marketplace - Lowes Foods & Shops  
Tobaccoville Village Hall (Click to Enlarge)



When Thomas H. Hughes/Architecture, P.C. architect David Kessler, AIA initiated the design of the 4,000 square foot village hall for Tobaccoville, NC he worked from a program of functions to be provided: offices for the mayor, council, administrator, and clerk; as well as a meeting hall, conference room, restrooms, and record storage spaces. Kessler recognized, as well, the opportunity and importance in referencing the crop that gave the place its name. The building's focus point is at the entry where a shed roof and high bay gable form emulate tobacco sheds throughout the area. The face of that gable is glass to suggest the transparency between the public and its government. Worked within that glass are a geometric pattern of support mullions that provide a picture of tobacco plant's stalk and leaf patterns. Since the building's grand opening just a few years ago, it has been a source of pride within the community.

  Local History   Tobaccoville Village Hall

tobaccoville village hall
tobaccoville, nc

The Village of Tobaccoville

project manager:
Dan Corder, Village
of Tobaccoville

project architect:
David Kessler, AIA
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Arbor Acres Retirement Community (Click to Enlarge)

Pausing to Refresh


Arbor Acres Retirement Community, Inc. in Winston-Salem offers a variety of facilities and services to senior residents. A wing of their nursing care center houses their memory care unit which focuses support for residents who suffer from varying degrees of dementia. Currently, visitors to the memory unit enter and exit through a doorway that opens into a public lobby of the larger facility. It has become clear that the function of this portal often serves a significant need as family members and friends gather to share their emotions.

Thomas H. Hughes/Architecture, P.C. architect Barry Parks, AIA has worked with Arbor Acres to envision a new transitional zone. Incorporating a back hallway and utility space, he has proposed a space suggesting a mountain retreat with a "scenic overlook" and water feature. Parks notes, "A corner of the space is carved away for a family seating area to give people a chance to gather, recover, visit, console, and relax."

This project has been permitted locally with state approval and construction will be completed in 2010.

arbor acres retirement

winston-salem, nc

Arbor Acres
United Methodist
Retirement Community, Inc.

project manager:
Les Cranfill, Arbor Acres

project architect:
Barry Parks, AIA, NCARB
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Arbor Acres Retirement Community (Click to Enlarge)

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