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The following images record architectural details of Judson Park, constructed in early twentieth century Cleveland Heights, Ohio as the Bicknell family home, this mansion today serves as part of a state-of-the-art retirement community.

  

Exterior lamp, Judson Park Wall Lamp

Aged to perfection, the patina and detailing on this wall lamp suggests the elegance and refinement to be found inside the former Bicknell mansion in it's heyday.  The lamp is mounted on the wall outside the main entrance to the mansion.

Original:  9x11, Graphite, Technical Pen and Watercolor washes

     

Dormer and twin, twisted chimneys 

The masonry on the building shows a high level of skill and craftsmanship.  There are nearly a dozen chimneys on the roof, each chimney or group of chimneys of a different design.  There are triple, double, and single chimneys.  As this drawing shows, the brickwork is mirrored on the two chimneys, rotating in opposite directions, and each with a hexagonal base.  Each cap is a beautifully carved, single piece of stone.  The individual bricks forming the edges of the spirals on the body of each chimney was cut by hand to the proper angle.

Original:  9x11, Graphite, Technical Pen and Watercolor washes
Twin chimneys, Judson Park

  

Wall sundial, Judson Park Sundial

High above the grand entrance, this sundial displays the correct time of day (while the sun is shining) to visitors to the mansion.  The mansion's completion date of 1920 is displayed above the dial.

Original:  9x11, Graphite, Technical Pen and Watercolor washes

  

Bicknell Mansion Front Entrance

The outer archway is surmounted by the family crest, perhaps a version of the Bicknell crest, in this instance what appears to be two dragons holding a shield.  Between the outer arch and the main oaken door are alcoves on each side, with stone benches on which to rest, and arched openings so you may look out over the lawns.

Original:  9x11, Graphite, Technical Pen and Watercolor washes
Front door, Judson Park

  

Single chimney, Judson Park Single Stone Chimney

This beautifully carved stone chimney rises several feet from it's base, and then makes a one-eighth clockwise twist, before continuing it's rise to the stone cap.  The design is intricate, and obviously required careful planning.  Enhancing the chimney's character are a few artistically placed brick inserts that provide spots of muted red for interest.  It reminds me of the work of Piet Mondrian - 1920's chimney modern art!

Original:  9x11, Graphite, Technical Pen and Watercolor washes

  

Wall Decoration

Above and to the right of the main entrance is this sculpture, or cast work of art, depicting a lighthouse standing firm above the tempestuous waves, surrounded by a storm-filled sky.  And like the lighthouse, this structure has weathered nearly a century of storms, economic tempests, and changing fortunes.

Original:  9x11, Graphite, Technical Pen and Watercolor washes
Wall decoration, Judson Park

  

Brick "nogging", Judson Park Brick "Nogging"

Even the brickwork displays the artist's touch, as this section of wall attests.  There is a wide variety of texturing and masonry, wood-framed brick "nogging", and other design elements adorning the walls of the mansion.  Leaded windows, ornamented bronze drainpipes and baseplates, carved stone roses and whorls placed here and there at the corners of stone window frames - all suggests that expense was not an object in the construction of this treasure.

Original:  9x11, Graphite, Technical Pen and Watercolor washes

 

Pen and Ink with Watercolor:  The Pencil Art of Kirk Ramsey
Copyright 2011 Kirk S. Ramsey
Last modified: March 12, 2016