06 December 2005
Harris Armstrong's unbuilt design for a "Weekend Mountain Cabin". Drawn about 1945 for an exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum. I suspect that the design is a fantasy based on an idea he returned to repeatedly: the carved totem pole. The pole here is a structural column located on the diagonal axis opposite the fireplace. A corner of the table is clipped off to allow for the column / pole / post.
The concept of this cabin in the woods was realized by Armstrong in "The Rockpile" which has certain features in common with this design. In the case of the Rockpile, the post is transformed into a tree (existing on the site).
Drawing courtesy of the Harris Armstrong Archives, Special Collections, Washington University in Saint Louis.