June 21, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Posted in DeLand & Volusia County, Paintings | Leave a comment


Watercolor painting by Wm. J. Carpenter, 1934

The Forgotten Man
Wm. J. Carpenter
Painted in DeLand, Florida, 1934.  7 X 10 1/4 inches.

It is likely that when the artist created this painting in 1934 he was expressing his personal feelings after a particularly depressing Christmas in 1933 and the ensuing months.  We know he pictured himself as one of the forgotten after he had lost everything he had during the big financial bust of the late 1920s and the difficult  years of the Great Depression.

 This is one of the few paintings by Mr. Carpenter in the collection in which such personal emotion is expressed.  The majority of them appear as illustrations of his architectural buildings, or Florida floras and scenics which are accurate depictions of the scenes, but mostly of the landscape type.

 The idea for the use of “The UnForgotten Man” as an umbrella title for my documentation of Mr. Carpenter’s life and works came to me after realizing the significance of this painting. The play on the title and theme of this painting seemed most apropos for the story of his life as I documented it.  Let us hope that he does indeed become

The UN Forgotten Man.



June 21, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Posted in Architecture | 9 Comments

Willis McCook Mansion

 One of the most elegant and impressive residences in Pittsburgh was designed by Carpenter & Crocker in 1906-07 for Mr. Willis McCook, a prominent attorney and socalite.   It is now nearing a new life as an elegant boutique hotel and spa to be known as the MANSIONS ON FIFTH, with a planned opening for Fall, 2010.  There has been much interest in the historical preservation of this building and there is a pending recommendation for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Buildings.

I had planned extensive coverage of this building for the future, but current activities concerning it are developing so fast I feel interim coverage is necessary. As time permits I will bring you more details on the history of this structure and its architectural features.

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