Hager Building (1910-1911)

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FIRMITAS:

The Hager building located at 25 West King Street is visibly five stories high and structurally symmetrical. It follows a trebeated style of construction, which is evident due to its use of post and lentils for support. The post and lentils are articulated in the façade of the building by the division of windows by columns, acting as bays, and beams intercepting the columns acting as lentils.

The three bays located on the façade are visibly made of steel. The windows located in the expanse of the three bays make the building appear more open and light. Aside from the steel frames of windows, the building appears to be made of a ceramic or cement that hides the rest of its construction.

UTILITAS:

The large clear windows on the first floor create a sense of openness. The windows wrap around into the alcove in which the entrance is located and make the building very welcoming. This sense of welcoming and direction of onlookers’ attention to the doors makes it seem as though the building was used for some sort of retail or shop.

The white ceramic and details on the façade make the building appear very rich and attractive, which would attract buyers. Additionally, the combination of this very renaissance like style with the more modern bay windows with steel artifice make the building appear to be representing progression from old to new. This idea of progress in addition to success from the renaissance ages would attract retailers.

Due to the large bay windows the building is definitely not residential and most likely served a purpose of commercial use.

VENUSTAS:

From the outside, the Hager Building seems to flow with the rest of the buildings. Although beautiful, its features do not stick out and distract from the rest of the block. It seems to follow a formal plan, which explains its symmetry and monochromatic façade. The most obvious features are the three bay windows that add modernity to the building. The windows allow natural light to enter the building and make the building uniquely beautiful and open. They are emphasized by the offsetting of the dark steel panels with the cream beams that divide each of them.

The cream ceramic features are very ornamental.  Above the first floor there is a simple engraved pattern that spans the length of the building. On either side of this span is a very intricate ornamental fixture that appears to draw from the architecture and sculpture from the renaissance.

Above the bay windows there are less intricate fixtures that are spaced evenly across. They add detail and dimension to the building so that its façade is not just a flat rectangle. The building adheres to symmetry on each division of a story.

Elevation Sketch of the Hager Building:

 

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