|Welcome to Art and History Museums Maitland, the Florida brainchild of J. Andre Smith (1880-1959), who fought in WWI, designed the Distinguished Cross for the US Army and stifled his yearning to be an artist in favor of architecture until the 1930s, seeking winter warmth and backed by the generosity of a major donor, he constructed a Mayan Fantasy compound, which became, from 1937-1954 or so, an art colony run by him for his associates. Ralston Crawford and Milton Avery both worked here. Link
|Sunflower motifs throughout the garden...
|Painted by a friend, the only contribution not by Smith himself.
|Even the flooring has been considered in this historical landmark of Mayan Revival architecture, precursor to Art Deco. Mayan Revival developed in the 1920s and 30s with major buildings in Los Angeles, Detroit, and Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Imperial Hotel
|More Chinese influence - moon windows with pattern
|Syncretism - multiple rhythms, motivations, sources
|Across the street, the old home and studios now classrooms, AIR studios and administration.
|The compound is designed with interior courtyard spaces...
|After his death, the colony fell into disuse until the city bought it in the 1960s; now it is lovingly restored and maintained by a dedicated staff.
|A pool of day lilies assiduously guarded.
|Under first full moon of 2017.