|The D.H. Ellison Co. & Mouldings One
Architect David Ellison, of The D.H. Ellison Co., has combined various mouldings from our catalog attempting to capture the essence of a particular architectural style in its purest form. He does not view the styles as literal replicas, but rather as artistic interpretations from the era they originated.
A Word from Architect, David Ellison
"Molding profiles are typically made up of a small handful of geometric curves, straight lines and combinations of them. Most of the shapes are derived from nature and then stylized into pure geometric forms. The molding profiles we use today are thousands of years old. When they're used in certain familiar relationships with one another, they form the basic building blocks of architecture and will define the style of a building. The architectural lineage of a set of molding profiles and proportions defines style and heritage, likewise, when combinations of curves and shapes are not based on historical precedent, it defines just the opposite."
"As a designer of architecture, even the smallest details of my work can influence people's experience and enjoyment of a space. I can contribute the benefits of familiarity and gravitas to a project by employing historical precedent." As Winston Churchill once said in his famous quotation on the significance of architectural design, "We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us."
"When Mouldings One asked me to propose groupings of their moldings that would be easy to use, I took the opportunity to organize the moldings by shape, size and style. The profiles are far from random or arbitrary, creative combinations can be magical. The way light and shadows embrace their curves can be sensuous and mathematically proportioned at the same time. I love the potential, I hope you will too."
- David Ellison
|ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHS
The photographs on Mouldings One website were taken from the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) collections.HISTORICAL AMERICAN BUILDING SURVEY
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) is among the largest and most heavily used in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, comprising of more than 556,900 measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written histories for more than 38,600 historic structures and sites dating from Pre-Columbian times to the twentieth century.
The search page can be found by visiting: www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/