By Bruce Reichert
You want to do what?! Bring the architect of the State Capitol, John Tourtellotte, back to life?!
The old Carnegie Library provided the perfect setting
for the resurrection of our architect extraordinaire.
The building was designed by the firm of
Tourtellotte & Hummel.
The old Carnegie Library is currently the Huntley law office, a
spectacular place with interesting lighting challenges. Thanks to
their generosity, we re-arranged their work space for about 7 hours
during the evening, to create an architect's office.
Actor Mark Anthony Taylor prepares to become our
Director Pat Metzler considers his lighting options in a building
drenched in sunlight.
Our actor at the local costume shop the week
before. Yikes! Bozo the Architect! Must be that hair!
Okay, maybe we can still make this work, with a visit to the hair
stylist and some make-up help from Joan Cartan-Hansen. Camera
guy Jay Krajic shoots the action.
The dueling cameras of Capitol Commission liaison
Gary Daniel and Jay Krajic.
Architect Charles Hummel, grandson of the co-designer of
the Capitol, shows Royce Williams and Bruce Reichert
original drawings of the building. In the early 1900's, no
one was better than the team of Tourtelllotte & Hummel
Sauni Symonds, Bruce Reichert, Joan Cartan-Hansen and Joan Yost
Charles Hummel and Royce Williams pore
over 100 year old plans.
Sometime during the evening, the ghost of
John E. Tourtellotte enters the soul of our actor. John
Tourtellotte used a dictaphone to record his thoughts
about the power of architecture to make us better
Editor Sauni Symonds looks on approvingly
The actor delivers his lines... "the great white light of conscience must be allowed to shine, and by its interior illumination make clear the path of duty."