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Welcome to the site

Posted by Sam - July 27th, 2010

 

Welcome to the new and improved site for Dufour / Corso Studio, ltd., launched last week.  The blog will be uploaded often, so check back frequently for current  updates to commissions and projects being done at the studio.         

 

   

        

 A note about the physical space.  The studio is in a home built in 1897 located in Spanish Town , the oldest residential neighborhood in Baton Rouge (circa 1805), and poised adjacent to the Central Business District.  The architectural style is considered an elongated shotgun with a side hall and is typical of the style of homes found in the deep South, particularly in New Orleans.   It is built of old cypress, inside and out, has 12 ft. ceilings and lots of wonderful, natural light.  I purchased it in June, 2007 and, as an ongoing project, have been slowly renovating  it for use as a commercial space.   Below is a ‘before” image.           

“Before”

        

 The first summer was spent completing the requisite construction, bringing it up to code and making it habitable for an appropriate workplace.  A garage was torn down and the “putty house” replaced it.  A porch was added on the driveway side and the entire interior was painted.  Then in August, 2007, with the rewiring, replumbing and 1st phase of construction complete, we were finally able to take up residency.  The first project completed in the new space was a set of doors for Immanuel Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Several private residential commissions followed, along with projects for St. George Catholic Church, Greater Beulah Baptist Church and the St. James Place Foundation.  I also completed the drawings for the “Sunrise Over Calcasieu” series that I exhibited at the Baton Rouge Gallery in May, 2008.  Then on Sept. 1, 2008, Hurricane Gustav hit Baton Rouge, causing considerable damaged to the building.  This initiated a second phase of construction, which involved raising the ceiling from 8 - 11 feet in the kitchen and office, located in the lean-to addition, removing a portion of the office wall, tearing off the back porch and adding a new, larger one and remodling the bathroom.  At the same time, the house was sanded down to the wood on the outside, primed and repainted.  After 5 months of construction (and construction dust!) we were operational again.  Here are a few “after” images:          

"After"

*Design studio / conference room*

"Design studio / conference room"

“Office”

"Supply room"

"Layout Studio"

"Part of the kitchen"

Since the major renovation of phase II, we have complete stained glass windows for the St. Joseph Medaille Convent Chapel and several other residential works.  Currently we are working on a residential glass commission as I prepare for another solo exhibition at the Baton Rouge Gallery in May, 2011.  Below is an image of paintings hanging in the side hall entry gallery of the studio:         

*Side hall gallery*

 More later…   

           

Welcome

Posted by Sam - June 23rd, 2010

Thank you for visiting the home of the blog for Dufour/Corso Studios. In the coming months, check back in this space to get exciting updates regarding shows, work, and happenings at the studio and around Baton Rouge. While you’re here, please feel free to browse the galleries, or check the sales page and purchase a piece of work for yourself, or for a friend.