|Villa Rotonda c.1564|
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Before I get going on today's post, "Why Do Old Places Matter? Creativity" by our friend Tom Mayes, I want all my readers in the North San Francisco Bay Area to know that I hope you all are safe and sound. If you go to my social media sites, I posted a helpful post-earthquake resource guide from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It's also available on their website http://www.preservationnation.org. Most important, stay safe. Changing the subject, let's talk about old places and creativity, shall we.
|Downtown Charleston, South Carolina|
We find this overlap throughout the country. And artists' colonies are often historic places that become tourist attractions, like Carmel, Provincetown, Ogunquit, Greenwich Village and increasingly, to many people's surprise, Brooklyn and Detroit. All were places that creative people were drawn to because they were distinctive and interesting (and at one time cheap)...
|William Faulkner at work in Rowan Oak|
|RCA Studio A|
...tale a moment to stand in the silence between the grand walls of RCA Studio A and feel the history and the echoes of the Nashville that changed the world...listen first hand to the stories from those among us who made countless hit records in this studio-the artists, musicians, engineers, producers, writers who built this rich music legacy note by note, brick by brick. (Folds, Open Letter, June 24, 2014)
|Ben Folds at RCA Studio A|
During his time at the American Academy in Rome, Tom Mayes was able to interview novelist Peter Bognanni, who talked about the significance of one specific on his path to becoming a novelist. Mr. Bognanni studied at the Iowa Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa. He shared with Mr. Mayes the way the Dey House, the old Victorian where the writers met, created an environment that allowed him the freedom to write. The writers who walked the halls before him imbued the place with the possibility that Mr. Bognanni could write as well. The legacy of that place dedicated to all talking about and the ongoing act of writing nurtured his ambitions to write.
Everyone has a place in this world where they can go and connect with power of creativity. A place that inspires some artistic action. A place where you can let your imagination roam freely. Virginia Woolf called it "A Room of One's Own." Although she was referring to a place where women could go and be, I think this phrase can be applied to anyone who has a special place where they can go and be. Old places inspire this sense of creative being through their legacy. Now that's something that no bland boring box can ever do.