When it comes to the scattered bits of the Martin House Complex, it's remarkable how the smallest piece can tell a story.
|Mr. Warren's artifact from the 1962 demolition|
Artifacts of the 1962 demolition of the pergola, conservatory and carriage house are still coming to light, nearly half a century later. Just this week, Robin Warren, an architect from Weedsport, NY visited the House and gave us a piece of iridescent glass in a frame of wide caming. The rectangular piece appears to be a component of a carriage house window. Each of the "garden variety" carriage house windows that spanned the perimeter of the second floor (three of which have been reinstalled) had ten such pieces - two rows of five rectangles across the pane. But the plot thickened when I noticed that the piece returned by Mr. Warren is slightly more rectangular than its counterpart in a typical second floor window. Such a size variation suggests a subtle shift in the geometry of the window as a whole.
|A typical carriage house window|
It's just one of those many instances when a time machine would come in handy.