PEACE SWASTIKA, 2007

SWASTIKA PEACE BUNK HOUSE

I AM ANTI NAZI. I WAS RAISED DURING WORLD WAR TWO AND THERE WAS A CONSTANT NEIGHBORHOOD MOCK BATTLE AGAINST GERMANY AND JAPAN. I ABHOR WHAT THE NAZIS DID AND STOOD FOR. RECENTLY A PROFESSOR FRIEND OF MINE TOLD A PERSONAL HISTORY OF HIS PARENTS BEING NAZI DEATH CAMP SURVIVORS. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE CRUELTY OF MAN, AND IT IS HAPPENING AS OF THIS MOMENT BY THE LOVING NATIONS OF THIS WORLD.

TO MY SURPRISE A CLOSE BOYHOOD FRIEND OF MINE AND RENOWNED ECONOMIST DENNIS AIGNER WROTE A BOOK ON THE SWASTIKA. HIS LIVING ROOM IS FILLED WITH NATIVE MASKS AND NATIVE AMERICAN LORE. THE SWASTIKA WAS A PEACE SYMBOL BEFORE THE NAZIS GOT HOLD OF IT. HIS BOOK IS THE SWASTIKA SYMBOL IN NAVAJO TEXTILES, 4TH ED, BY DENNIS AIGNER, AVAILABLE ON AMAZON. HIS BOOK JUMP-STARTED MY THINKING. DENNIS—WHY NOT LIVE IN THE SYMBOL OF YOUR BOOK? HE JUST SAT THERE CONFUSED BY WHAT I WAS SAYING. HIS WIFE CAMILLE SHOWED A BIT OF INTEREST. I AM SURE THE RESALE VALUE OF A SWASTIKA HOUSE WOULD BE A BIT OF A CHALLENGE.

HE AND HIS WIFE CAMILLE, WHO I PUT TOGETHER, WERE IN LOVE WITH MONTANA, AND WERE THINKING OF BUYING A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.

I WAS LIVING IN OREGON WITH NO WORK, SO I DID A HOUSE DESIGN BASED ON THE SWASTIKA. IT WAS A QUICK SPECULATION STUDY.

NOTHING CAME OUT OF MY EFFORT, DENNIS BOUGHT A HOUSE AND REMODELED IT.

BEING A PATTERN ARCHITECT I BANGED OUT THE DESIGN IN A DAY. ALL THE PARTS OF THIS TWO BEDROOM EFFORTLESSLY FLOW TOGETHER. IT WOULD BE A SENSATIONAL HOUSE

THERE ARE LARGE OVERHANGS FOR SNOW AND EACH MAIN SPACE HAS A FIRE PLACE. MAYBE A SOD ROOF. THE CENTER SQUARE HALL IS PALLADIO. THERE ARE FOUR WINGS, THE ENTRY WITH WOOD STORAGE , TWO BEDROOMS WITH SLEEPING LOFTS AND A GRAND LIVING SPACE WITH KITCHEN AND LOFT.

THE HOUSE WAS MEANT AS A BUNK HOUSE THAT COULD EXPAND AND CONTRACT AS THE EXTENDED FAMILIES WOULD COME TOGETHER TO ENJOY MONTANA.

ALL THE ROOMS LOOK OUT ONTO THE ROLLING HILLS.

MY MOTHER WAS RAISED IN MONTANA ON A HOMESTEAD AND SHE TOLD ME MANY A GREAT STORIES OF HER ADVENTURES AND HER FAVORITE PONY TEDDY. SHE AND HER FAMILY EVENTUALLY MOVED TO PASADENA CALIFORNIA AND STARTED THE TOWNE FURNITURE STORE.

HERE IS TOO WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN AND THE FUTURE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

GLEN

VIEW OF ENTRY CENTER AND GRAND LIVING SPACE BEYOND TO THE RIGHT

LIVING ROOM LOWER LEFT, MASTER BR LOWER RIGHT, ENTRY UPPER LEFT, GUEST ROOM UPPER RIGHT

GUEST ROOM LOWER LEFT, ENTRY LOWER CENTER, MASTER BR UPPER LEFT, LIVING AREA UPPER RIGHT

ENTRY LOWER LEFT, LIVING LOWER RIGHT, GUEST BR UPPER LEFT, MASTER BR UPPER RIGHT

 

 

 

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  • GLEN HOWARD SMALL

    AS A MATTER OF CLARIFICATION,

    DENNIS AND I ARE THE BEST OF FRIENDS AND ARE CLOSE. HE HAS STOOD BY ME OVER THE YEARS. HE AND CAMILE HAVE A TON OF CHILDREN AND GRANDKIDS THAT REQUIRE A LOT OF ATTENTION. HE RECENTLY RETIRED AFTER YEARS OF BEING RESPONSIBLE. HE HAS A WILD SIDE THAT I LIKE TO INTICE, BUT HE KNOWS AND I KNOW THAT WOULD JUST BRING HIM UNKNOWN TURMOIL GOOD AND BAD. WHO NEEDS THAT?

    GLEN

  • http://www.manwoman.net Man Woman

    Hi Glen, I know Dennis and Camille and I live just North of Montana. I wrote a book on the worldwide uses of the swastika called Gentle Swastika : Reclaiming the Innocence. Dennis and Camille drove up to Cranbrook, BC to visit me a few years ago. I have several of his trial editions. Your swastika house is very nice.

    • GLEN HOWARD SMALL

      MAN WOMAN,

      THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

      I HAD FLOOR PLANS, BUT DENNIS NEVER SAW THEM.

      I AM THINKING ABOUT DRAWING UP A SET, IS THAT OF INTEREST TO YOU?

      GLEN