Armstrong's rendering of the Ethical Society from the southeast. The viewpoint of the drawing is carefully chosen below the level of the roof. One of the primary difficulties of the site was its low elevation with respect to the road. While the design of the structure takes advantage of the slope, the rendering minimizes this issue.
One of the reasons for the great care taken in creating this rendering is that it formed the centerpiece for a massive fundraising effort to create the new building. Anything that might cause concern or criticism would have needed to be minimized to allow the project to move forward sucessfully.
project: Ethical Society
architect: Harris Armstrong
location: 9001 Clayton Road, Ladue, Missouri
condition: good condition, somewhat modified
For more on Armstrong's life and work, see architectural ruminations.
Drawing courtesy of the Harris Armstrong Archives, Special Collections, Washington University in Saint Louis.