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November 21, 2014

Eastlake Architecture

The Eastlake architectural style can be found all over the world, although it originated in New England in the late 1800′s.  While it is commonly lumped in with the Victorian architectural style, that is not entirely true. While the Eastlake style came to popularity while the Victorian era was still ending, it has many more unique qualities to it that set it apart from Queen Anne. The primary components of the Eastlake architectural style are clean lines and geometric shapes.  Mass production was gaining in popularity, and as the Victorian era was ending, technological advances made it possible to duplicate these products on a much larger scale, reaching thousands as opposed to hundreds.

The Eastlake style is extremely popular in metal accents, especially with drawers, cabinets, and door hinges. Many of the artists that made this style famous were prone to add decoration and direction to even the most mundane and overlooked pieces, and turned them all into works of art.  Where others failed to add any sort of adornment, Eastlake artisans flourished and took advantage of the blank canvas and made it their own.

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A particular example is a cup pull with label holder, and was found in offices everywhere.  It took an otherwise bland piece of furniture like a filing cabinet, and turned it into a piece that commanded attention by anyone in the room. It’s functionality made it even more sought after, and they still are today.  It is an extremely durable piece because of its solid brass construction, which also makes it quite heavy.

This piece is small, and measures less than 5″ high and just over 2″ tall.  All you need is to print out a label, or if that is not available, all you need is a scrap piece of paper and you’ll have an instant label!  This piece is available in the popular finishes for it’s time: Polished Brass, Antique Brass, and Oil Rubbed Bronze.  These three can be found on almost any piece of antique hardware, as well as many modern pieces.  LookInTheAttic also includes a pair of mounting screws in the same finish.

Kohn Coleman born in Michigan – received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 2000 — currently leads several online companies and ventures.


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