Caspar David Friedrick's The Wanderer

KBC's Personal Web Page

Who am I?

Who am I really?
What have I lost?
What do I hope to find?
What keeps me looking?

Well, that's a little cryptic. Allow me to introduce myself WAV file a little better...
I am a thirtysomething guy who works as an architectural historian and lives in an old house near Chillicothe, Ohio, USA.

  • Who was I?
  • What have I done?
  • Where do I work?
  • What do I do?
  • Where do I live?
  • What do I like?
  • Why am I telling you this?
  • What am I talking about?
  • How can you contact me?

  • Nota Bene - This webchapter is still under development. The dead-end links are temporary--if it doesn't have an icon beside it, it won't go anywhere. There is much more to come...after I forget how tiring it is to sit in from of a CRT and a keyboard for hours on end...WAV file
    Please tell me about any errors and other flaws so I can correct them and improve this website.
    Thanks ... KBC

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    Who was I?

    Ancestrally, I'm 1/4 German, a little less Irish, a little less English, a little less Scottish, and 1/8 unknown ( mom hasn't finished our genealogy yet). I have ancestors who were some of the first settlers in Jamestown, some who may have come over on the Mayflower, one who was an Indian trader on the Pennsylvania frontier, several who escaped the German revolutions and the Irish Famine (or more accurately, the Great Hunger), and relatives who are farmers, attorneys, managers and teachers.

    I was born two months too late to watch the first humans walk on another planet (i.e., Apollo 11...). Although I was born in Columbus, Ohio, I don't remember living there - at least not the first time. My family moved near Cincinnati, to Loveland, Ohio (the location of an PIX/MIDI_L.GIFX-Files episode). There I found my first memory - swinging on the swingset. My second was walking - or shall I say architecturally adventuring - the yellow cold house we moved into in Chillicothe, Ohio.

    Soon we moved out of the city to a ranch house on a street named...Emerald Lane...which was in a subdivision named...yes, really...Green Acres. There I grew up, attending the small rural Paint Valley school system and hiking through the wilderness of the floodplains, hillsides and swamps of that corner of Ross County. Aimless wandering - and staring out the window during a long bus ride to and from school - eventually led to an appreciation of the natural environment, and I became adept at identifying wild plants and glacial landforms. This gradually led to an appreciation ofhistorical architecture - I still haven't figured out why - and then to local history. In high school I expressed my creativity through photography(local) and writing. After graduation, for three years I wrote a short column in the local newspaper, the Chillicothe Gazette,on historical architecture.

    So I went to Ohio University to major in geology, which I quickly switched to magazine journalism in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.  I wanted to write about history, and that seemed like a good direction to go. Nearing graduation, I realized that journalism was not the way I wanted to deal with history. (Don't you wish you could have the education before you choose the course to be educated in?) But, my parents talked me out of changing majors in my senior year.

    However, they did finance my stay in graduate school, in the Historic Preservation Program at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti (the "Y" sounds like a soft "I"), Michigan, USA. Architectural history, geography, the built environment, history... I could enjoy studying this the rest of my life.

    I was fortunate in finding a job in this field nine months before I graduated, where I worked for about eight years, at ASC Group with a wonderful boss and great co-workers.  Now I am on my own as a one-man company, INTREPID HISTORICAL SERVICES.

    What have I done?

    The three years worth of monthly columns I wrote for the Chillicothe Gazette were not my best writing, but they are a part of my work and my growth. Here they will be, with much-needed improvements...

    I've also written a little poetry, mostly during High School. See if you like it. My few short stories, such as this one, tend to be based on nature or science fiction themes.

    My writings for INTREPID HISTORICAL SERVICES and ASCare fairly technical and dry, so this is my vita (in need of updating). I've experimented with spreadsheets / databases as tools to analyze and illustrate architecture, with some pretty results...

    I have utilized data from several projects to create interpretive web pages in my architectural history website.

    And others to come...

    Since about 1984 I have beeen a 35mm SLR photographer, working mostly inKodachrome (color slides). I've also dabbled in B/W and those trendy composite print panoramas. Here are some samples of my photography.

    The Architect's Dream (crop)What do I do?

    I am an architectural historian by title. Typically, an architectural historianstudies the artistic and historical aspects of houses and other buildings. However, that is only one of my responsibilities in INTREPID HISTORICAL SERVICES my one-man consulting company. IHS deals partly with CRM work - Cultural Resource Management - and specifically, the archaeological and architectural aspects of CRM.

    In layman's terms, CRM is the practice of studying, documenting and planning for the use and care of the built environment. This is usually the historical built environment - houses, bridges, barns, privies, gardens, canals, lakes, farms, trails, roads, ruins, earthworks, habitation sites - any old structural evidence that people left of their occupation and use of the land.

    I consider myself a geographer first and foremost. Architectural history is secondary in my opinion to studying the cultural environment that the architecture is in. And to me, the artistic aspect of architecture - the style - is also secondary to the functional design - the type - of a building.

    Let me get back to you on more of that...

    I am also a Historic Preservationist by heart. That does not mean that I want everything old to be preserved, but but it would be a good idea to conserve much of our historical heritage.

    Thus, I have created the State Route 104 Preservation WebPage and the Tara Hall, Columbus, Ohio, USATara Hall Preservation Web Page, both in progress. (Update - Tara Hall was a lost cause. More later.)

    And possibly, a small amount of preservation justice on the internet:New Hall facade, Ohio Penitentiary, Columbus, Ohio, USABig House Lost, History Executed. The Ohio State Penitentiary was one of the oldest remaining state buildings in the capital of Ohio, a site of paramount historical importance, and an edifice of significant architectural merit.

    After neglecting the site for decades, the state handed it over to the city of Columbus who eventually persevered with the predominant paradigm of Cowtown: if it's old and unique, crush it and pave it over. Fortunately, the preservation office of the Columbus forced the rest of the city to document the site. I was one of the documentors and had the oportunity to view the pen close-up.

    Where did / do I work?

    ASC Group CompanyLogoThe Architectural Surveying and Community Interpretation division of ASC Group,in Columbus, Ohio, USA, was my employer for eight years.

    A better answer to "Where do I work?" is "All over Ohio." My work has taken me to most areas of Ohio..except Cleveland, for some reason (until just recently). From hilly Southeast Ohio to the flat Great Black Swamp to rolling central Ohio to the winding Ohio River Valley to the ravines of Northeast Ohio, I've seen plenty. Fortunately, there's still much more to see...

    And now I am on my own with my one-man company The icon of Intrepid Historical ServicesINTREPIDHISTORICAL SERVICES...but more later.

    You can see my hoped-to-be-huge website on architecture, geography, buildings, structures, styles, etc., and my Heritage News of Chillicothe and South-Central Ohio.

    Where do I live?

    Let's do the cosmic zoom, in the spirit of Carl Sagan...

    your planet...omitting the Local Group of galaxies, Milky Way Galaxy, Alpha Quadrant, Saggitarius Arm, Sol System, Earth, Northern Hemisphere, and North America...

    ...for now...

  • USA

  • For my foreign guests, greetings from the United States of America...versus the united states of any other continent.

  • Old Northwest

  • The area west of Pennsylvania to the Mississippi River, and from the Great Lakes south to the Ohio River is the "Old Northwest." 

    Lumpy Ohio

  • Ohio

  • Ohio was the seventeenth state to join the Union, in 1803...or 50th, in 1953, due to a paperwork oversight not noticed util the sesquicentennial. It is bounded by the Ohio River to the south, Lake Erie to the north, and three purely arbitrary lines on the north, east and west. Contrary to what many non-natives believe, it is far from flat. At least the southeast 7/8th's of it.

  • Central Ohio

  • As you may guess, this is in...the center of Ohio. As for a region in Ohio, it is gently rolling and fairly well-drained...and geologically more boring than South-Central and Southeast Ohio, where I grew up.

    Downtown Cowtown

  • Columbus

  • This city of about a million was created in 1812 as the capital of the young state. It grew as a center of government but did not grow rapidly--and, as I am told, with little culture--until the last few decades. Cowtown...oops, I mean a modern megalopolis and the newest largest city in the state.

  • Campus Area

  • Columbus is the home of THE Ohio State University (OSU), the largest university in the world...I think. The campus just north of the downtown dominates (for better and worse...but getting better) the old neighborhoods around it.

    The 'Hood, 1917

  • Northwood Park

  • This two-street area was platted in 1907 as a middle-class and upper-middle class neighborhood. It has a strong identity, which I am proud to help make stronger as the official neighborhood historian...


  • Sieve House

  • My home--a bit dilapidated, but livable and loveable. Want to know how this 1910 brick Foursquare recieved the title "Sieve House?"...

    (Well, no, I now live in a half-abandoned house an hour south...but more on that later...

    What do I like?

    Close companions must tolerate my love for architecture, nature and animals. I brake for log houses and Victorian churches, privies and old farmhouses, dirt roads and Art Deco skyscrapers. I am at home in most wildernesses. I generally enjoy the company of animals, whether furry, feathered, slimy, scaly or other, and whether tame or wild. (The more wild, the better - witness my household's cats...) And like my cats, I enjoy a little adventure.

    There's so much I could say -
    Let me get back to you on that...

    History is my profession and hobby. Again, there's too much for me to say just yet. But visit my brother's MASSIVE web site on railroads, the Webville & Hypertext Railway, which has a bit of history in it, especially his East Broad Top Railroad sub-site.

    Colorado AspensOutdoors
    In the great outdoors, I garden bare-handed (and bare-footed, if possible). The closer my connection with Mother Earth, the better. I prefer native American species such as prarie plants and woodland wildflowers, both of which I have planting at my home. I hike when I can, preferably in areas as close to a wilderness as possible.

    My usual entertainment is historical reality, historical fiction, science fiction, speculative fiction and intelligent educational shows in the form of cinema and good TV. Here is a crude (and old) list of the creators of my favorite media and their creations.

    LOTM - The LoversCinema
    I love a good film. The ones I love tend to be rooted in history (Last of the Mohicans), science fiction (Close Encounters), or are just a good telling of a human condition (Casablanca). Above all, a movie is just another form of storytelling - and in this case, the campfire has become a tungsten lamp and the storyteller a chameleon in emulsion. See my cinema favorites for more.

    My favorite music tends to be Celtic, New Age, Modern Rock, Folk Rock, Movie Music, Classical, and others. And anachronism is good - I like mixing the Celtic harp with electric guitar, fiddle with speed rock, bluegrass and chimes, dance beat and Irish reel. I have a list of some of my latest preferences and recommendations.

    Some music is timeless to me, especially if it recals a certain feeling, image or place. Since I can't easily share the music with you here, I'll share the lyrics, and a few MIDI files.

    The Architectural Historian's DreamArt
    My favorite art includes landscape art, the Impressionists, the Romantic Era,Classical architecture and sculpture, and other topics. My favorite painters include Giotto, Piero Della Francesca, Fra Angelico, Fra Filippo Lipppi; Albrecht Durer; Angelica Kauffmann, Henry Fuseli, William Blake, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Eugene Delacroix, Thomas Cole, Phillip Otto Runge; the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Bouguereau,Caspar David Friedrich; John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Vincent Van Gough; the Wyeths, Georgia O'Keeffe...and so on. (Ain't Gardner's Art Through The Ages neat?)

    My most favorite painting - as you might expect - is The Architect's Dream.

    I've doodled with some Celtic designs, so here are a few to look at or copy. Some are big.

    BTW, my favorite color is blue. Betcha couldn't tell!

    Well, I'm not as well read as I should be. At least not with non-architecture books. Among literature, my favorite poem is The Raven. Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky is close behind...and Emily Dickinson is just too cool.

    My favorite activities are hiking, photography, canoeing, biking, architectural exploring, semi-unstructured travelling... Eventually I will list of some of my favorite places to visit...

    Warm Fuzzies and Shed FurLife
    Life is also fun for me--both the vegetative kind and the warm-fuzzy kind. As for the vegetative kind, my plants, I put my green thumb to work on my native wildflowers that I am gradually planting in my yard. I also have a few houseplants that have survived years of inconstant attention. I also have a plan for improving the landscaping around my house with period plants and fruiting plants.

    And the warm fuzzy kind of life are my household's cats (though they are sometimes both warm-fuzzy andvegetative). Yes, I am cat-owned. I wear the badge of shed fur, and the tattoo of claw marks. I have three of the fuzzy fiends...I'm sorry, fuzzy friends...and close contact with many more. Sometimes too close.

    Historical humor is also good... Computers, however, are a double-edged sword...or should I say a three-edged sword... Then there's always religion

    And of course, here are my bookmarks(some a little outdated, but be patient...) for what I like on the WWW.  It's big - maybe more than 750 links.

    Why am I telling you this?

    I am telling you this simply to express myself in a manner that has never been available to humans before - to communicate with words, pictures and sound almost instantaneously and relatively inexpensively to almost anyone with a computer and phone line.

    This is the height of human civilization. At no other time have we had so much potential, so many possibilities, so many dreams and such freedom. And unless we annihilate ourselves and a good portion of mother earth, it will only get better. That is not to say that no one is without these beneits of the modern age; many still lack freedom and opportunity. But they are more widely available than ever before.

    I am not being ultra-patriotic, ethnocentric, ignorant of the past or a Pollyanna when I say, in my opinion as a historian, geographer and sci-fi fan, that this is the best place and time to be alive. The growth of technology, personal freedom, disposable income, leisure time, communications, art and literature make this the best time and place since prehistoric humansdeveloped language, culture, art and lived close to the earth in egalitarian hunter-gatherer tribes. Although they did not have THX sound or PostModern architecture or mint chocolate chip ice cream or the Internet, they did not need it, and they lacked most of the evils that humans have developed in the following thousands of years.

    If anything, through the internet we are re-approaching the true communism of tribal culture. The internet is egalitarian: anyone can have accessand speak. It enforces mutual respect: the unwritten code of ethics allows self-policing (unless the government deems to interfere). It encourages leadership by example: the best is chosen by how well it works, not by how much it is advertized. And so on. No, it's not perfect, but it will improve. And all without government interference.

    Did I mention that I think the internet is great?

    What am I talking about?

    Okay, now for a personal glossary. Mr Sniglets, move over...

  • Architectural Adventure. Wandering through buildings, admiring the architectural details, finding unlocked back rooms, or simply looking for another way out--usually without permission. Mischevious but innocent fun for ones with curiosity and a sense of adventure. (This was coined by a dear friend of mine...)

  • CRM/Cultural Resource Maganement. The practice of studying, documenting and planning for the use and care of the built environment. This is usually the historical built environment--houses, bridges, barns, privies, gardens, canals, lakes, farms, trails, roads, ruins, earthworks, habitation sites--any old evidence that people left of their occupation and use of the land.

  • Eargasm. Have you ever listened to music that really caught you ear and held you captive and left you wanting more? That was an eargasm. Good, wasn't it? And you don't have to be music connessieur to have one. (This was coined by a dear friend of mine...)

  • Historical Architecture. Generally, any building older than 50 years. As contrasted with Historic Architecture, which is usually reserved for buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places...

  • Information Age/Information Revolution. Human culture has gone through several "Revolutions," which marked the start of a new age or era. Since the Industrial Revolution (harnessing steam power), we have had the Petroleum Revolution (harnessing oil), the Electronic Revolution (broadcast media and computers), and finally, the Information Revolution (computer use on a massive scale). Essentially, now it's not what you know, it's how you organize and utilize what you know.
  • No, it's not the Third Age of Mankind...not yet.

  • Information God. I deify my favorite sources of information (well, I used to), such as the Internet Movie Database, the Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5, and the OhioLink Online Card Catalog, for example.

  • THE Ohio State University/OSU. Namesake of the University District in Columbus, Ohio. Officially titled "TheOhio State University" for some reason. Compared to my alma mater Ohio University, I have a fairly low opinion of OSU - to put it nicely, Ohio's SuckiestUniversity.

  • Rhetorical Data/Rhetorical Information. That useless statement or those meaningless statistics that you must deliver up because some bureaucrat insisted on needing it. No one wants it, no one important needs it, and it's a waste of effort, but it is employment for someone pushing papers somewhere... A term I thought up.

  • Sieve House. My former home - a bit dilapidated, but livable and loveable. It was built about 1910 and thus was not the most air-tight or well-insulated. Although I am tolerant of a wide rangeof temperatures, my two housemates were not, and they frequently reminded me of their discomfort our first winter. The house leaked air. It leaked a lot of air. It leaked like leaked a lot.

  • Mouse Potato. Heard for the first time on NPRin July 1997. This doesn't quite apply to me (especially if you wait for an email response from me), but I like the sound of it... The implication was that this is the silicon version of a couch potato - someone who sits in front of a computer too much. Hmmm...I'm related to one...

  • How can you contact me?

    Well, miracles of miracles...I have finally joined the rest of the civilized world and now have an E-Mail account. I just couldn't let the Information Revolution pass me by...

    I am, sincerely,

    WARNING! WARNING! Although email travels at the speed of light, my communications motivations don't. I enjoy my privacy and sometimes enforce it by IGNORING any attempted the nice people who keep sending me bills have found out... If you don't hear from me, it's probably because I haven't read my mail yet.

    - Nota Bene -

    All original material presented here is hereby copyright 1998 (and 2002 (and 2007)) by me. I know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but theft is just plain rude. If you like what I've done here, please ask me if you can use it. You are welcome to, if you have manners.

    All material presented here that is the creation of the author of this web page is borrowed for the purpose of education, commentary and criticism, and will be returned once I remember where I got it during the last four years. Any credit not given is a work still in progress. Some artistic licences may have been taken; I will also return those too; and no, my artistic licence has not expired...yet

    I am not making any money from this (Ha! As if I could make money!) and, if I can help the original artist or sreator make money to reward them for their talent and effort, I am willing to do so. So don't harass me--I'm poor and well-intentioned.

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