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29 November 2012 @ 03:35 pm
Well now I've gone and f'd up properly.  
For my California Architecture class, I wanted to write about a local building here in the South Bay.  After much hemming and hawing and procrastinating, I finally decided to write about the Lucie Stern Theater in Palo Alto.  It's a mission revival community center, and I thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast the layout of the building to an original California mission, and parallel the two buildings as community centers and what their function revealed about the people who used them.  I figured it would be more interesting then yet another paper about Hearst Castle or the Winchester Mystery House.

Unfortunately, if you don't write about a famous building there isn't a lot of documentary evidence to base your research on.  I couldn't find any information about the theater in any of the California Mission Revival books the San Jose library had, even in their special "California Room" collection.  I thought, "Well, if I walk the premises and do a visual analysis-type paper, that'd still work, right?"  But I made an appointment with my professor to check.

Ah, no.  He shot that idea down.  A thesis without documentary evidence to back it up just wasn't going to cut it.

So now I'm stuck.  The paper's due in one week and I have to start over, pretty much from scratch.  I have no idea what to do!  I'm kicking around two ideas: maybe I can do historical revival styles in movie theaters in Southern California, like Grauman's Chinese Theater, or alternatively I could write about the valley architecture in Yosemite, which has a distinctive, rustic look.

I'm so screwed.