Yeah, like Goody, I was in absolute awe. there was also a wooden spiral staircase. I'll see if I can find a pictureWow... I admired that church from afar on my last visit to Montreal's "Old Port" area (even have some nice exterior photos), but never went inside... big mistake apparently. That's gorgeous.
Well said. I once "outed" him on this forum and he sent me a very polite message that, in much further detail than was required, explained his love of the board, the meaning behind is username, and why he wished to remain anonymous. As a neophyte to architecture/urbanism, I admired his posts and really appreciated him going easy on me when he could have chewed me out. I'm sorry to hear it wasn't just that he grew tired of the board.^ There is a lot to unpack here, but let me be the first to say thank you for enlightening us as to the person and circumstances behind the forumer we all knew as ablarc.
Nothing you write surprises me as to what his personal and working traits were like, but I'll just say that he was almost always nothing short of gracious in explaining things to us internet commoners and spared us the abusive/contemptuous side that generally does come with those kind of highly intelligent folk. Sad to learn it was Parkinson's that stole him away from us.
Same here. I really enjoyed Ablarc's posts. His contributions to this board will forever be remembered.I've been lurking on this forum for over 10 years. When I first found this place, I would eagerly await his long-form expositions on architecture and the built environment. In a very real sense, he and Jane Jacobs were my first professors on this topic (although I never met either one), and they sparked a personal interest in real estate development that has since blossomed into a professional one.
It sounds like he was a complicated and difficult person (aren't we all?), but I really appreciate the update and I'm sad to hear he is no longer alive.