One of Edgar's interests is architectural photography. The three galleries on this page reflect a few of Edgar's areas of exploration: a) Vienna when he worked for the United Nations; b) England when he studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, University College, London; c) Ottawa as architectural historian for Parks Canada.
Front, 1873-83, architect Theophil Hansen, with Athena fountain by Karl Kundmann of 1902 in foreground.
Main entrance, 1873-83, architect Theophil Hansen.
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Detail of gables of the south roof, 1853-54 additions to the medieval building.
Pulpit, St. Stephen's
Anton Pilgram, sculptor, 1513, featuring the fathers of the Christian church.
Jesuit Church, dome?
Not all the eye sees can be believed. What appears to be a dome on entering is a trompe l'oeil fresco, by Andrea Pozzo, 1705.
Jesuit Church, False dome
The false dome is revealed when looking from the altar, which not too many do after communion.
1874-88, architect Gottfried Semper and Karl von Hasenauer, viewed from the Volksgarten from the south.
Dome, St. Peter's Church
Started 1702-08, by Gabriel Montani and Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, completed 1733. The dome fresco is a masterwork of Johann Michael Rottmayr.
Main entrance supported by 4 caryatids, 1783-84, Franz Anton Zauner.
Johann-von-Nepomuk altar, Lorenzo Mattielli, ca. 1729.
Old Academy of Science
1753-55, architect Jean Nicolas Jadot de Ville-Issey.
South elevation viewed at dusk on New Year's Day. Architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, 1721-22. This was the entertaining palace of the Vienna summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy, a brilliant military commander. As a small and deformed figure he was rebuffed by the glittering French court and then gave his genius to Austria--much to the misfortune of the France. He lived in a smaller structure down the hill, while his winter Vienna palace is located about 1 km away in the city centre.
Glorietta, Schönbrunn Palace
View from the garden face of Schönbrunn Palace, the summer palace of the Hapsburg emporers since the early 1700s. It shows the Gloriette in the distance (designed by Ferdiand von Hohenberg).
Side wing of the art exhibition gallery, gilded for the exhibition Dream and Reality 1870-1930. built 1865-8 to the design of architect August Weber for the Austrian Artists' Society (the oldest surviving artists' society in Austria). It has served since then as an exhibition centre for painting, sculpture, architecture and applied art.
Architect Friedrich von Schmidt, 1872-83, photographed after cleaning. I attended my first Viennese ball here in a massive gallery that spans the length of the central pavilion.
1783-84, Gottlieb Nigelli architect, with interior modifications 1887, restored 1962-81. The coffering in the dome and vaults is trompe l'oeil (i.e., fake).
1904-07, architect Otto Wagner, view of high altar showing mosaic design of Remigius Geyling. A masterpiece of the work of Wagner in the Jugendstil (Austrian Art Nouveau).
Steinhof Asylum, Entrance
1904-07, architect Otto Wagner, entrance detail.
my flat, building entrance
A late 19th-century apartment building in Baroque Revival style, located in the 5th District. View of the carriage way with the stairs to the apartments and the courtyard through glass doors on the left.
my flat, dining room
A late 19th-century apartment building in Baroque Revival style, located in the 5th District.
my flat, music room
A late 19th-century apartment building in Baroque Revival style, located in the 5th District. It was still heated by the grand, elaborately-tiled coal-fired oven on the far left.
Karl Marx Hof
This social housing complex of 1600 units, stretching 1.2 km, was built between 1927-30. It was designed to improve living conditions for those of limited means. The numerous interior courtyards contained communal laundries, kitchens and day cares. It was heavily bombed by fascist forces in the 1934 overthrow of the socialist Austrian government.
My workplace in Vienna as approached by the underground. Built 1973-79, architect Johann Stauder, it is the third largest UN centre.
Kew Gardens, Palm House, London
1844-8, architect Decimus Burton, engineer Richard Turner. Considered the finest existing glass and iron structure in England. The sublime structure was revealed when the palms were removed for restoration, and a glorious break of sun emerged during a grey day.
Wollaton Hall, Nottingham
1580-88, architect Robert Smythson. A power house from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The prodigious number of windows displayed an unparalleled use of then extremely expensive glass, even though it indebted the family for generations. It was photographed while I was touring England performing Baroque dance.
Dating from 1850-1400 B.C., this world renowned monument was located near where I lived outside Salisbury in the autumn of 1988.
St. George, Orcheston, Wilt.
A small parish church constructed of flint, located on the edge of the Salisbury Plain. Situated a couple of doors down from where I lived after my Master's studies, while on a Baroque dance tour--a life activity that I picked up while living in Britain.
Chiswick House, London
North façade, built to the design of Lord Burlington, 1725-29. This structure, in the Palladian style, and used exclusively for entertaining, was a seminal influence on English architecture for the remainder of the 18th century.
St. Mary-le-Strand, London
1714-17, architect James Gibbs, view to the apse. A jewel of English Baroque architecture, created in--and remaining on--a busy street traffic island.
Apsley House, London
1771-78 architect Robert Adam and 1818 & 1828-30, architect Benjamin Dean Wyatt. The residence of the 1st Duke of Wellington. Known as No. 1 London. He was one of the foremost British military commanders, and dictated for decades the Empire's defence infrastructure, including Canadian national historic sites: Rideau Canal, Fort Henry and Halifax Citadel.
Salisbury Cathedral, cloister
The Cloisters of 1364-80.
Southwest tower detail of the 1220-80 building campaign designed by Master Nicholas of Ely. The landmark tower and spire over the crossing of the nave and transepts (in the background) dates from 1330-70 and was designed by Robert of Farleigh.
Norman Keep, Cardiff Castle
Dating from 1122, and built for Robert Earl of Gloucester (son of King Henry I). It was incorporated as a ruin within the walled enclosure of Cardiff Castle as recreated by the Marquis of Bute in the 19th century.
University College, London
1827-9, architects William Wilkins and J Gandy-Deering. Photographed on a glorious spring weekend morning at my alma mater for architectural studies.
Detail, University College, London
Statue in front of the main entrance portico.
University College Hospital, London
1897-1906, architect Alfred Waterhouse. This tower is located opposite the main entrance to my alma mater University College. The towered complex was designed to provide maximum cross ventilation to assist with maintaining a healthy and sterile interior environment.
Strawberry Hill, Middlesex
1748-92. House of Horace Walpole. It is an iconic example of the early Gothic Revival style: designed by an number of amateur architects and executing architects. I attended a conference at this site about heritage preservation which was the inspiration for my Master's thesis.
Osterly Park, Middlesex
West façade. Although a grand house by any description, the U-shaped structure accessed by the courtyard through a late-18th century colonnade, pales in comparison with the décor of main rooms designed by Robert Adam (1761-70s)--some of the most sumptuous in England.
Kenwood, Hampstead Heath, London
Located on the outskirts of London, the original structure of ca. 1694-1704 was reworked by the Adams brothers 1767-68. The interiors are a master work of the acclaimed designers. In 1793-96 additions were effected by architect George Saunders.
Castle Howard, Yorkshire
Garden façade, built 1699-1712, architects Sir John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor. At the time of its construction, it was the largest house in England, and remarkably the first commission of note for Vanbrugh as lead architect. The garden dates from the 1890s (W.A. Nesfield), and the Atlas Fountain from the 1850s.
Seaton Delaval, Northumberland
South façade, 1718-28, architect Sir John Vanbrugh, gutted by fire in the 19th century, ruins consolidated 1959-65. This is one of my most esteemed projects by Vanbrugh.
St. George, Bloomsbury, London
1716-27, architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. An English Baroque expression of the Temple of Baalbek (portico) and Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (tower and steeple, topped by a statue of George I). It is a short distance from my London residence for post-graduate Commonwealth students, Goodenough College.
Holy Island, Lindisfarne
Ruined Benedictine Priory, ca. 1140-50.
Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland
Located on Holy Island, this 16th century fortress was remodelled in 1902-3 by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens as a country residence for Edward Hudson, the owner-editor of the greatly influential (and on-going) architectural periodical, Country Life.
Bambergh Castle, Northumberland
Located across the water from Lindisfarne, the massive medieval castle was extensively 'restored' in the 18th-19th centuries, which mostly meant re-created with the aesthetic qualities of the time.
Façade, Tin House Court
In a series of courtyards behind Sussex Drive (the official route connecting Parliament and the residences of the Governor General and Prime Minister), this façade came from the adjoining area. It was created by tinsmith Honoré Foisy for his own residence and was preserved as a sculptural piece.
Martin Terrace, Sandy Hill
1900. Part of one of the earliest conservation districts in Ottawa. My spouse and I lived behind this row in an infill structure.
1834 with 1936 alterations by H. Gordon Hughes. A superb late-Georgian style house in the west end of Ottawa, near where I lived after returning from London, England.
Museum of History
1983-9,architect Douglas Cardinal. Originally called the Museum of Civilization. View from the north, across the Ottawa River, shortly after its completion.
National War Memorial
1926-39, sculptor Vernon March, and completed by his family. Presenting a phalanx of soldiers from all branches of service surging through the arch symbolizing the response and losses of Canadians in WWI.
Tower, Chateau Laurier
A component of the 1927-9 John S. Archibald and John Schofield architects addition to this iconic Ottawa hotel. Viewed from Rideau Street linking Parliament along the official route from Wellington on the west and Susses Drive on the north and northwest.
1927-9 John S. Archibald and John Schofield architects. Rear additions, viewed from the northwest, to the front of 1908-12 by Ross and MacFarlane. This vantage point is from the locks connecting the Rideau Canal to the Ottawa River.
Ottawa City Hall of 1958
Architects Rother, Bland, Trudeau. This image was taken before city hall was augmented with wings and pavilions designed by Moshe Safdie. It was preserved as a significant example of the International Style in Canada. It is now an annex of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs.
Ottawa Regional Building
Created when Ottawa had two levels of government (local and regional). This became the seat of municipal government, after many decades of concern that City Hall was not located in the city centre--where it was previously.
West Block, Parliament
1874-8, augmented by Thomas Seaton Scott, Canada's first chief architect. The often under-appreciated third block of Parliament.
Parliament Hill viewed from the west with the Library in the centre (1859-66, architects Thomas Fuller and H. Chilion Jones), the Centre Block on the right (1916, designed by the firm that designed my residence--Darling and Pearson), and on the far left the towers of Notre-Dame Basilica (1841-53).
1900, Guy C. Dunn engineer, construction company Dominion Bridge Ltd., Montreal. The longest steel cantilever bridge in North America when completed.
1874-5, Thomas C. Keefer. The Fleet Street Pumping Station is an early example of municipal water supply. Originally operated by water power, it still is an important part of the city's water system. In the background is the Library Archives Canada Building of 1954-67 (Mathers and Haldenby architects).
French Embassy, Study
1936-9, designed by France's chief government architect Eugene Beaudoin (with M. Lods, and Antoine Monette and Marcel Parizeau as associate architects). The ambassador's residence is an artisanal masterpiece utilising delicately preserved birch bark as the wall covering.
Rockcliffe Boat House
As with many boat club houses, the facility offered space for boating recreation and formal entertaining on the upper level.
Sandy Hill apartment
This vestibule is a wonderfully preserved example of a local Art Deco interior.