The Architecture of Norman Davenport Askins
A portrait of Southern elegance as interpreted by Norman Davenport Askins, who infuses traditional design with innovation and style to create gracious and livable houses.
Trained as an architect and an architectural historian, Askins has learned not only how to use historical precedents but also how to think like the architects who designed them, honing in on the essence of style. Askins is inspired equally by classical, vernacular, and romantic architecture, including Italian Renaissance country villas, hillside castles in the Dordogne, and the very strong presence of the Colonial Revival and Federal houses of Atlanta itself. Askins is seen as the heir to the giants of the classical tradition in the South-Philip Trammell Shutze, Neel Reed, and James Means-and hailed the link between them and the contemporary renaissance of traditional architecture.
Inspired by Tradition presents fifteen lavishly detailed and tastefully appointed residences, many in the prestigious Buckhead enclave of Atlanta and others along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, in the Virginia Piedmont, and the mountains of North Carolina.