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The craftsman
Volume XXVII, Number 5 (February 1915)

McCann, Alfred W.
Why I am interested in The craftsman kitchen,   pp. 530-533 PDF (1.4 MB)


Page 530


WHY I AM INTERESTED IN THE C1
MAN KITCHEN: BY ALFRED W. McC
Reprinted from The New York Globe, Jan. 16, 1915.
USTAV STICKLEY is a reformer. All
to diagnose the status of this man's posi
regard to the social order must fail unless
reformer is settled upon as the most
descriptive term that can be applied to him
    Craftsman furniture and furnishings co
              permanent protest against veneer and shai
    Craftsman architecture constitutes a permanent prote
 the frothy incompatibles which for so long a time have me
 beauty of American homes.
    Craftsman landscaping and gardening constitute a r
 protest against the cheerless, friendless, soulless, meanin
 needless disorder with which too many American city and
 home surroundings are cursed.
    The Stickley protest is not offered destructively. He
the Craftsman remedy. For years that remedy has been (
express itself in the form of unobtrusive suggestions and tl
eloquence of beautiful things.
    Mere suggestion, however beautiful or spiritual, whil
reach the heart of one who has acquired special preparedn
reception, is not sufficiently aggressive to influence vast
and no reform can be complete unless it influences all. fl
the sheer necessity of some such instrument of educati(
Craftsman Building gradually urged itself into the dreams o
and thus became a reality.
   Throughout the Craftsman Building, on every floor,
wall, quiet suggestion has been equipped with energy and I
the work of reform is assuming the powers of a propagandý
   People are to be compelled to an appreciation of the C
solution of grave problems, the very existence of which is,
unsuspected by millions.
   Assembled under its roof are so many astonishing reve
the progress which this belated renaissance has already m
by sheer force of numbers, they swoop down like a battal
the defenceless visitor and, catching him up in the fury
movement, carry him on and on until, recovering from h
ment, he finds himself not an unwilling captive but a soldi
fighting line.
   Not until he is swept into this experience can he fully
largeness, the vigor, the beauty and the necessity of the C
ideal, but, having comprehended it at last, he finds in it
surprises.
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