Recreating A Rush Creek Guest House With Thousands of iPhone Photos

You might make the snapshots you take with your mobile phone the wallpaper on your desktop, but have you ever papered a scale replica of a building with them? That’s what Jeffrey Haase did with 3,750 photos he snapped with his iPhone 4S.

Scale replica of the Pepinsky Guest House, Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center

Haase, an architect who designed the interiors of restaurants like Cap City Diner and Mitchell’s Steakhouse, is an associate professor in The Ohio State University’s Department of Design. Recently, he decided to use the camera feature of his phone to capture images of the interior and exterior of a building and create something extraordinary with them.

Using a mini-tripod and a wire to hold his phone at the proper distance for photographic scale, Haase snapped photos that recorded the colors, textures and light of the interior and exterior of the Pepinsky Guest House in Worthington’s Rush Creek Village. Then, he printed each photograph and pasted them onto the entire surface of an exact, true-to-size replica of the house that was constructed by Kyle Wallace.

Scale replica of the Pepinsky Guest House, Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center

You can see the spectacular results of Haase and Wallace’s work in Neighborhood in Harmony with Nature: Rush Creek Village, the current exhibition in the main gallery of the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center in Worthington.

The exhibition celebrates Rush Creek Village, a Worthington neighborhood of 42 homes that reflect Frank Lloyd Wright’s principles of organic architecture.

In 1951, Dick and Martha Wakefield conceived the idea for the community and purchased land in a secluded 39-acre wooded area off South Street, steps away from the rows of traditional homes of Old Worthington and Colonial Hills. Between 1954 and 1976, Theodore Van Fossen surveyed and platted the land, then custom-designed affordable homes on curvy, curbless streets for professors, artists and those with an affinity for obscured front doors, low-pitched gable roofs, walk-out terraces and carports that make a home both functional and harmonious with its natural environment.

Homeowners chose from an assortment of reasonably priced building materials, such as concrete block, cypress, redwood, cedar, mahogany, brick, quarry tile, and an abundance of glass for windows with mitered corners or that stretch from floor to ceiling. They could also participate in their home’s construction.

Rush Creek Village, Worthington, Ohio

To take advantage of limited interior space, Van Fossen custom-designed cabinetry and bookshelves, built-in seats and beds, and tables, chairs, and light fixtures. He also designed the neighborhood’s sign, footpaths, and bridge crossing Rush Run, a 1.5 mile-long tributary of the Olentangy River.Rush Creek Village, Worthington, Ohio

Rush Creek’s significant architecture, landscape design and community planning earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

The exhibition also includes ephemera related to Rush Creek, photography of Rush Creek homes by Tom and Sam Robbins and Brent Turner, and a site plan of the Seitz home in Rush Creek by Brian Seitz of Ten Penny Design.

Site plan of the Seitz Home, Rush Creek Village, Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center

You can also admire a table and four chairs…

Table and chairs designed by Theodore Van Fossen for Wakefield home, Rush Creek Village

as well as a wall lighting fixture, all designed by Theodore Van Fossen for the Wakefields’ Rush Creek home.Lighting fixture designed by Theodore Van Fossen for Wakefield home, Rush Creek Village

Neighborhood in Harmony with Nature: Rush Creek Village continues through October 26, 2014.

For more information on Rush Creek, read “Re-discovering Rush Creek,” an article I wrote for the July 30, 2004 issue of Columbus Business First; “Obscurity Becomes It,” from the June 24, 2004 issue of the New York Times; and Wright at Home,” from the June 2014 issue of Columbus Monthly. You can also track down a copy of The Architecture of Rush Creek Village: A Documentary by Dorothy Hogan. This videocassette includes interviews with Martha Wakefield and van Fossen about Rush Creek’s beginning and the philosophy behind the community.

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