Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
Architect’s cabin provides convenient indoor-outdoor living
As you can see in the featured photo, the Three Canine Musketeers are still freaked out from the four hour storm last night. They have not eaten a drop of food and are still trying to figure out why it rained inside their clubhouse.
The scenic mountain cabin near Amicalola Falls, which became the setting three blockbuster TV documentaries on the Southeast’s ancient history is now making architectural history. It now has a removable sun roof that brings the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain outdoors . . . indoors. One of the most innovative features that the architect placed in the cozy get-away was an open air bathroom. So when the National Weather Service tells you to take shelter in the nearest bathroom, there is a tornado on the ground, you will know when it is near. By not having the nuisance of a ceiling or roof, you can clearly hear the increasing decibels of the tornado, which sounds like a 787 flying over the treetops. Then at the dramatic moment of climax, you can look up with a smile and say, “Oh geez, I am looking up inside of a tornado!”
Speaking of tornadoes . . . these are magnificent assets for ambitious farmsteaders and do-it-yourself types. So when the tornado blows your living room windows to smitherines, all you have to do is go out into your yard and grab pieces of plywood that yesterday were part of the chicken house up the road or the house on Wesley Chapel Road. They make convenient temporary windows, which allow lots of fresh air into the living room.
Today’s smart young professionals are environmentally conscious. They do not want to waste water. This is perhaps one of the most clever features of this architect’s cabin. Sitting in a house for hours as the landscape is bombarded by lightning strikes can make a guy sweaty and nervous. He knows that a special lady from Suches, Jawja is going to come floating down out of the sky at any moment, because the storm hit there first. This cabin enables the occupants to take a quick shower without even stepping into the tub. And it’s a shower with all the healthful benefits of rainwater!
Yes, with Spring 2017 Tornado Season starting with a bang, trendy Millennials throughout North America will be following the lead of this young-hearted Baby Boomer by adding sun-roofs to their homes. It is an idea, whose time has come.
I guess you could call it . . . trench humor! And now for some Baby Boomer entertainment! You millennials can’t dance or sing!
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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history.Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.
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