Summer campers explore Aiken's architecture – Aiken Standard

This summer time, Quest Zone administrators Virginia Walker and Christine Martinez teamed up with Mandy Drumming to supply college students in 5K via sixth grade a brand new kind of summer time artwork camp, "Artwork in Aiken Architecture.”

Walker works at East Aiken College of the Arts, whereas Martinez is at Chukker Creek Elementary. Drumming has a grasp's diploma in the historical past of ornamental arts.

College students attending the camp have been launched to the artwork of neoclassical, trendy and postmodern architecture, three main kinds of architecture present in Aiken. College students checked out slides of buildings, discovered in regards to the social and technological developments that knowledgeable every model and constructed tasks to raised perceive every model’s formal traits and constructing supplies in addition to stimulate particular person and group creativity. The campers additionally launched into a area journey to downtown Aiken to expertise, firsthand, buildings consultant of neoclassical, i.e. The Willcox, Banksia and the outdated Aiken Hospital; trendy, i.e. the previous Aiken County Council Constructing and Aiken put up workplace; and postmodern, i.e. First Presbyterian Church, East Aiken College of the Arts, Chukker Creek Elementary, architecture.

Drumming designed the camp after studying in regards to the doable demolition of a number of historic Aiken buildings together with the outdated Aiken Hospital and former Aiken County Well being Heart, or the outdated County Council constructing.

“Future generations are bettered from studying in regards to the creative, architectural, historic and societal significance each of those buildings current. Each are irreplaceable, invaluable, museum-high quality artwork objects, properly-designed by native, clever, artistic architects who facilitated new pondering and context-applicable, optimistic social change in Aiken via their architecture," she mentioned.

Willis Irvin’s colonial revival design for the entrance part of the outdated Aiken Hospital launched Aiken to a contemporary democratic translation of colonial revival architecture propagated through the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Because the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, colonial revivalism has usually been linked to a pinched and restrictive imaginative and prescient of colonial American historical past, however, through the mid-1930s, as People requested for options to the ailing-results of the Nice Despair, race points and a looming Second World Battle, president Roosevelt prompted People to recollect and uphold the real notions of colonial America – stability, tolerance and independence.

Between 1933 to 1944, the federal New Deal funded quite a few, colonial revival-themed artwork and architecture tasks, together with the Aiken Hospital. The colonial revival design of the outdated hospital ideally exemplifies Roosevelt’s trendy interpretation of colonial revivalism, portraying not solely traditional symmetry, an ornamented entrance method, however, additionally, a contemporary, flat roof.

Subsequent to the outdated Aiken Hospital, the previous Aiken County Well being Heart (outdated Aiken County Council constructing) was constructed within the 1950s to offer well being care to all individuals no matter race, shade, nationwide origin or creed and coincidingly designed within the Worldwide Model. It monumentalizes the optimistic modernizing results of Chilly Battle liberalism on a historically conservative Aiken.

The Well being Heart was constructed through the early Chilly Battle years with funds supplied by the Hill-Burton Act of 1946, which gave American well being amenities grants for building in return that the ability present its companies to all individuals. The regulation enabled the U.S. authorities to advance Civil Rights, particularly within the South, and, general, bolster American democracy in its assembly of the Soviet communist menace.

Employed to design the Well being Heart constructing and sure conscious of its progressive perform, the Aiken-based mostly architectural agency of Hallman, Weems and Dukes appropriately designed the Well being Heart within the Worldwide Model, a contemporary, stripped-down, egalitarian architecture that dramatically broke from the dominant, ornamented, conventional, revival-styled buildings in Aiken and the decreed, official architecture of the Soviet Union: neoclassical architecture.

For these causes, Worldwide Model architecture, along with its artwork counterpart of summary expressionism portray, have been quasi-supported by the federal authorities through the early Chilly Battle years, as each artwork and architecture got here to depict the beliefs of postwar American democracy, portraying modernity, power, abstraction (in type and shade), Americanism, autonomy and self-expression, as exemplified by the previous Aiken County Well being Heart."

The Quest Zone is an after-college program with places in Aiken and different cities in South Carolina and North Carolina, in line with its web site.

For extra info, go to The Quest Zone at or e-mail Mandy Drumming at

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