Architectural Watercolors of Duke Medicine Buildings

Just in time for spring’s colorful blossoms, the Duke Medical Center Archives acquired three vibrant watercolors of Duke Medicine buildings from the Facilities, Planning, Design/Construction department. The paintings were added to the Facilities Planning and Development Collection. The Campus views of Medical Center (2003) and Cancer Center (2009)watercolors depict the Medical Center (2003), the Duke Cancer Center (2009), and Duke Medicine Circle (2009). The Medical Center and Duke Medicine Circle include campus views, while the Duke Cancer Center painting shows the front of the building with flowers in full bloom. Click to enlarge the image.

The artwork, ranging in size from 22.5” x 14” to 30” x 22”, was painted by architectural watercolorist Michael McCann, winner of both the “Hugh Ferris Award" from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators, and the “Arthur Ross Award” from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America.These watercolors, beautiful byproducts of the design process, were rendered before and during construction as a means to clarify and stimulate the design process for all parties involved. Today, with the buildings completed and open for business, these paintings stand as testament to Duke Medicine’s continued growth and architectural history.

To learn more about these materials, contact the Archives staff. 

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