this is not america

I’ve always wanted to draw this building, the Cooper House, on the corner of 4th and F in Davis, so today I finally did. Now I don’t have to ever again.

cooper house

In that article this week I was quoted saying that Davis looked like America and that I was drawing it to show people back home; I said something about it being all picket fences. I think to date I’ve drawn one picket fence, two years ago. Well, there was a mini one here, and I guess this ragged collection of sticks is a technical picket fence (and I drew it a second time to be sure), but they are still notable in their absence. There are actually fewer pickets than, um, er, help me out here, something about strikes. The point I’m making is, um, Davis really isn’t a picket fence type of town. Actually there are more two-level apartment complexes than anything else, housing students and scholars and all the other folk. Perhaps they don’t like pickets here. Perhaps they cause a fence (oh please, come on). Anyway, I think even without the fence, this drawing says ‘America’ to some degree. Don’t ask me, I’m British.

4 thoughts on “this is not america

  1. owcnblog says:

    Yes it does, and it’s not just the flag… Did I ever mention the Field Guide to American Houses? Fascinating study of the domestic architecture that arose higgledy-piggledy according to what materials were available but then became the norm so divorced of its surroundings (so timber houses exist on the Great Plains now instead of the sod ones that were there 150 years ago….)

  2. mary says:

    The house looks exactly like one in Providence, Rhode Island, that I saw about fifteen years ago and that housed students. It says America to me too.

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