Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Obscure Architectural Term of the Day!

ENFILADE. The French system of aligning internal doors in a sequence so that a vista is obtained through a series of rooms when all the doors are open. They are usually placed close to the windows. The arrangement was introduced c. 1650 and became a feature of Baroque palace planning.

From the Penguin Dictionary of Architecture, Third Edition.

Here's a photo of the interior of L'Hôtel de la Préfecture du Calvados, which, according to the Google tranlation, means "The Hotel of the Prefecture of the Apple-brandy." Also, here's a picture showing the same sort of effect from a Dutch site, and if I knew Dutch I'd tell you what building it is. I don't think it has anything to do with apple-brandy, however.

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