Thursday, June 03, 2004

"For all its distinctive character, the house had serious design flaws. The flat roof leaked, requiring the de Menils to keep Howard Barnstone and Eugene Aubrey, partners in a leading Houston design firm, on constant call to patch things up. "My first understanding of an architect was as the guy who fixed the roof," said Fran├žois de Menil, the youngest son, who is now an architect himself, in New York. (The family had tended to neglect maintenance, particularly after Mr. de Menil's death.)"(NYTimes | A House that Rattled Texas Windows)

:: note :: . . . the curse of the leaking flat roof . . . the temple is leaking & not an architect in sight . . . ladder to the roof with a bucket of tar & hope . . .