A city of Hays


The master architect, A. Hays Town was a friend of mine. He died last year at the age of 101 years. Although in recent years he was not as nationally known as he deserved, he was the master of vernacular architecture of the South (especially Louisiana).

At a time when traditional architecture was frowned upon by the architectural elite, she was the largest proponent. In the city of 1930 was on the cutting edge of modern architecture. One of his ultra-modern cast concrete school buildings was featured on the cover of Life magazine. In his 60s, he withdrew from modern commercial architecture to pursue his passion, traditional, residential architecture. He said that "residential architecture is personal" and that is why some architects like to design houses and additions and others can not be bothered.

million. Town was the first architect I knew who used recycled building materials on a daily basis. He did not do it to save the planet, but because these materials had an irreplaceable history and patina.

As a student of architecture in Louisiana, I knew very well the work of A Hays Town. During those long, hot summers, I often worked on construction sites, and luckily I found myself on one of Mr. Town's buildings.

I remember looking across the room at a man in his 70s on a stepladder. He was rubbing steel wool on some wood panels to show a paver the level of color and hue that he was expecting. I introduced myself and asked him about the profession of architect. He then, in his inimitable and courteous way, spent an hour discussing the joy of building and invited me to visit his home. From that moment, I stopped periodically to visit and call New York later to stay in touch.

He was a rare individual who said he had designed more than 1,000 houses. Each owner felt honored to live in one of his carefully designed homes.

In 1999, Philip Gould and Cyril E. Vetter produced the magnificent homage to A Hays Town in the book "Louisiana Homes of the Town of A. Hays", available in the Merritt Bookstore as well as on Amazon.com .

million. The city has influenced many young architects, including myself. His work will continue to influence the percentages of architecture for centuries.

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