“The Alaska Interior” Talking Notes
The beginning of this book starts off with Alex in transit on a journey to find himself and get
The Hotel Beauharnais is an interesting location to learn about through this lecture, as Ulrich Leben discussed how the building has such a complex history. The building dates back to the 1700’s and its story got so complicated as we learned that it had been passed along to various countries owning it and it was constantly being used for something and there were a lot of crooks who came and went throughout the building. So the interiors had been moved and changed around from over the years. Because of this, the restoration process has been very complicated as this committee that has decided to take on this project must rely heavily on old documentations to figure out materials, colors, and placement of things. The hotel is so luxurious and rich that it has the standards of a museum. The lecture had been relatively informative.
As a review for the entire history of the building, the lecture was a little difficult to follow as there was so much information to take in all at once. It felt a little overwhelming to learn centuries of history in an hour. However, the lecture was good at getting the audience to understand the struggles and work that goes into restoring this building to its original quality. Leben was able to really display how the designers make decisions and why they may propose their ideas for this process. Every idea is proposed to a board and then the committee would get started on making everything by hand. He pointed out that this project has contained a lot of communication when restoring as they must discuss what works and what doesn’t and how to properly portray a part of history.