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What is this?

Fourteen different sketches showing plans, sections, and elevations of house. Reading from lower part of sheet: a full plan of house with v-shaped porch, living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom; two section views of house showing roof line: view into bedroom with door and fan in transum above; view from kitchen into bedroom with door and fan in transum.; four sections of rooms and walls showing sloping roof line; three drawings of plans including bathroom; two sections showing sloping roof line and bathroom.

Why is this in our collection?

One of the most important and innovative architects working today, Samuel Mockbee was among the architects featured in the museum’s National Design Triennial exhibition in 2000. He was also a National Design Award finalist in 2000 and a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant.” Mockbee works in two capacities. His private firm with Coleman Coker—Mockbee-Coker Architects, established in 1986 in Memphis, Tennessee—focuses on site-specific architecture that relates to the topography and the history of the locale. In addition to his private practice, Mockbee also runs an alternative practice, Rural Studio, in connection with his teaching architecture at Auburn University in... more

This is a drawing from United States. It is dated 1997 and we acquired it in 2001. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

pen and black ink on heavy cream paper

Its dimensions are

35.5 x 43.0 cm (14 x 16 15/16 in. )

It is signed

Signed in pen and black ink, lower right: Mockbee '97

It is inscribed

Inscribed in pen and black ink, lower left: "Butterfly House"/(@ Rural Studio); on drawing, at lower center: bed/kit/living/porch

This object was drafted by Samuel Mockbee and architect: Samuel Mockbee

This object was fund: General Acquisitions Endowment and purchased from Max Protetch Gallery

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18690945/ |title=Drawing, "Butterfly House: Concept Sketches, for Rural Studio at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama", 1997 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=30 September 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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