David Easton, Architect for an American Gentry, Dies at 83

first_img“He certainly did the grand houses of the 1980s, and nobody did it better,” said Bunny Williams, the interior designer who, like Mr. Easton, is an alumna of Parish-Hadley, the Kennedy- and post-Kennedy-era design firm that taught new money to look old and old money to look fresh. “But most of his work wasn’t published, because he worked for very private people. It was a totally different time, and he wasn’t interested in fame. He was confident about what he was doing, and he never had to be pretentious.”David Anthony Easton was born on April 9, 1937, in Louisville, Ky., and grew up in York, Pa., the eldest of three children. His father, David Allen Easton, worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as an accountant; his mother, Elizabeth (Scheidt) Easton, was a homemaker.Mr. Easton spent summers with a grandmother in Chicago, and he knew he wanted to be an architect after visiting the Trend House at the Marshall Field’s department store there and becoming transfixed by its model rooms. He studied architecture at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and after graduation received a scholarship to study architecture at a school in Fontainebleau, France.When Mr. Easton returned to New York City in 1964, he went to work for Edward Wormley, the modernist furniture designer. But he was a classicist at heart. In 1967, Parish-Hadley hired him as a senior designer. He started his own firm in 1972, and by the next decade, his work, along with that of Mark Hampton and Mario Buatta, would become emblematic of the English-style opulence that defined the 1980s. Speaking of his former client, Ms. Kluge, Mr. Easton told Town & Country in 2011: “I think she was searching for pleasure in life. The old Roman carpe diem. She was having a good time. I’m not protecting her. I’m just saying she has a view like that, and I think it’s a good and healthy one.” Yet Mr. Easton, who had a deep knowledge of and abiding love for Regency furniture, Roman statuary, Delft pottery and Chinese antiquities, was not really an impresario of glitz and bling. His tastes were disciplined, and he did not seek the spotlight. Even for its time, at the height of the go-go Reagan years, Albemarle House was considered over the top.“Albemarle House really threw down the gauntlet during the roaring ’80s,” said Stephen Drucker, former editor in chief of House Beautiful and Town & Country magazines. Gossip columnists fell all over themselves describing the excesses of the Kluges, like a private disco, a golf course and liveried footmen.The Kluges certainly weren’t the only high-wattage clients in Mr. Easton’s portfolio. He designed an apartment in the Pierre hotel in Manhattan for Phyllis and Sumner Redstone, the media mogul who died in August. For Paula Zahn, the former CNN anchor, he built a contemporary house in Aspen, Colo. And for Herbert Black, the Canadian businessman who exposed the Sotheby’s and Christie’s price-fixing scandal in 2000, he created a Georgian-style house in Montreal. – Advertisement – There were formal English gardens, five lakes carved into the estate’s 6,000 acres, a carriage house and stables, a grotto, a helicopter landing pad, an 850-acre game preserve and a chapel, for which Mr. Easton designed the vestments of the clergy who would preside there, as well as the crypt below. (Mr. Easton researched just what was required to store embalmed bodies.) The house itself was more than 23,000 square feet, and Mr. Easton filled it with European and English antiques.- Advertisement –center_img In 1981, Mr. Easton was already an established architect and decorator when Alistair Stair, a principal of Stair & Company, an antiques dealer, suggested to Patricia Kluge, who had just married John Kluge, the much older billionaire head of MetroMedia, that Mr. Easton was the man to design the estate the couple wanted to build in Charlottesville, Va.Mr. Easton and Ms. Kluge met at the Carlyle hotel in Manhattan, and, as was his habit, he used a cocktail napkin to sketch his design for a 45-room brick manor that the Kluges would name Albemarle House. – Advertisement – Mr. Easton and Mr. Steinmeyer married in 2014, after 39 years together. Mr. Steinmeyer said he had been engaged to a woman back home in Oklahoma when he and Mr. Easton met in 1975. “David said: “I’m not going to tell you what to do, but you can’t have your life two different ways. Either way, you’re going to make somebody very unhappy. If you want to screw up your life, that’s fine. But don’t screw up somebody else’s.”In 1992, Mr. Easton was named to Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame.Despite his very proper interiors, Mr. Easton had a mischievous streak. He drank red wine with all his meals, even breakfast, declaring, like W.C. Fields, that he didn’t like water because fish mated in it (although both he and Fields used a different verb). Former employees recall Mr. Easton asking for a ham sandwich on the Concorde, the supersonic jet that used to ferry the wealthy across the Atlantic at record speeds, instead of the lobster thermidor they were serving. At dinner parties he liked to say that he was a sex therapist, so that he didn’t have to talk about his work.But he was very serious about that design work, and its implications.In an interview with New York Social Diary in 2007, Mr. Easton said it was no longer appropriate to be building enormous houses.“I’ve built all these Georgian houses, we’re talking about 15-to-25,000-square-foot houses,” he said. “Young people are not going to build that way. They still are up in Greenwich, but that’s the last blast. We can’t afford to. No, I think in the day and age when people are starving and dying, the earth can’t afford it.” David Easton, an architect and interior designer who created English-style palaces for an American aristocracy, died on Oct. 29 at his home in Tulsa, Okla. He was 83.James Steinmeyer, his husband and only immediate survivor, said the cause was complications of dementia.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s loss at No. 7 Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In the second half, the Orange’s struggles continued. They weren’t as profound as early on, but SU shot 35.7 percent from the field, a number that wasn’t even close to lifting the Orange to victory.Grad transfers go darkSyracuse’s two grad transfers, Andrew White and John Gillon, struggled to get anything going against the Cardinals. They’ve both carried the Orange at times this season, but neither scored a single point in the first half. White is SU’s leading scorer with 17.5 points per game. Gillon hit a game-winning buzzer-beating 3 to take down Duke on Wednesday night.Neither White nor Gillon found the basket nearly enough on Sunday. After the Orange beat Duke, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said his team goes as Gillon goes. White, by a similar measure, has bailed out Syracuse all season when its offense stagnates. He’d only scored in single digits twice this season entering the matchup against Louisville and has now done that twice in the past week.Gillon got going in the second half after being held scoreless in the first half, but it still wasn’t enough. He finished with 10 points, three assists and three turnovers.White, meanwhile, finished with seven points on 3-of-10 from the field. He drew a foul while driving baseline with 10 minutes left but missed the front end of a one-and-one. His first points came a minute later when he dropped in a layup after a Taurean Thompson offensive rebound.Orange beat on the glass againSU got beat on the boards for the second time against Louisville this season. The Cardinals entered the contest as the second best offensive rebounding team in the ACC, averaging 13.5 per game. The Cardinals hauled in 13 offensive boards and scored 15 second-chance points off them.The Orange has been beat on the glass all season, but in a game its offense couldn’t get anything going, SU couldn’t afford to lose the rebounding battle as well.Tyler Roberson, Syracuse’s best rebounder, recorded a plus-one plus-minus, but he only played for 19 minutes against the Cardinals. Tyler Lydon led SU in the rebounding department with 10, but it wasn’t enough to carry the load against a lengthy UofL team. Comments LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Syracuse fell behind at Louisville during the first half and never fully recovered, losing for the fourth time in its last five games. The No. 7 Cardinals (23-6, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) took down Syracuse (17-13, 9-8), 88-68, on Sunday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center.Here are three takeaways from the game.Louisville’s defense crushed Syracuse againThe last time these teams played, on Feb. 13 in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse missed 25 3-pointers going 8-for-33 from behind the arc. The Orange once again struggled from deep and failed to get effective dribble penetration. In the first half, SU missed 11 3-pointers. Louisville’s matchup zone defense forced Syracuse into 10 first-half turnovers.Syracuse’s lone bright spot early on was Tyus Battle, who opened the game 5-for-9 from the field. But only two other players, Tyler Lydon (nine points) and Taurean Thompson (two points) scored before halftime.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Published on February 26, 2017 at 4:16 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

Top stars for Jamaica Invitational meet

first_imgMeet director Donald Quarrie Some of the world’s top athletes will participate in the May 20 Jamaica International Invitational meet at the National Stadium in Kingston.Meet director Donald Quarrie announced Wednesday that the stellar lineup is led by Elaine Thompson, the double sprint champion at last year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Others confirmed are Olympic 400 meters champion Allyson Felix of the United States; 2015 World Championship 100 meters hurdler Danielle Williams of Jamaica; 2016 Olympic silver medalist Nia Ali of the US and her compatriot, Kristi Castlin, a bronze medalist in that event.Trinidadian Michelle Lee Ahye, a finalist in the Olympic 100 meters last year, and Morolake Akinosun, a member of the US gold medal sprint relay team, will also compete.In the men’s 100 meters, former world record holder Asafa Powell will take on a field that includes American Mike Rodgers, and fellow Jamaican 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Kemar Bailey Cole.Rising Canadian star Andre DeGrassi will run the 200 meters against American LaShawn Merritt and Alonso Edward of Panama. The latter won silver behind Usain Bolt at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 and was a finalist at the distance in Rio last year.That event also includes rising star Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain and Rasheed Dwyer.The men’s 400 meters will have Grenada’s Bralon Taplin, Jamaica’s record holder Rusheen McDonald, Kevin Borlee, Javon Francis and Tony McQuay of the US.last_img read more

Carlos Ruiz headed to Mariners; Scott Kazmir staying put with Dodgers

first_imgIf there was any temptation for Kazmir to opt out of his deal with the Dodgers, it would have been based on a weak group of starting pitchers on this winter’s free agent market. By returning, though, he rejoins a group of veteran starting pitchers the Dodgers might look to use as trade chips this winter. Kazmir will make $16 million again in 2017, Brandon McCarthy ($10 million) and Hyun-Jin Ryu ($7 million). All three are under contract for two more years, which could make them more attractive than a free agent looking for a longer deal.Ruiz, meanwhile, figures to replace former Angel Chris Iannetta as the backup catcher in Seattle. Iannetta started last season as the Mariners’ primary catcher but lost that job to Mike Zunino in mid-season. Iannetta became a free agent last week when the Mariners opted not to exercise an option in his contract for 2017 (also for a $4.5 million salary).The Dodgers acquired Ruiz from the Philadelphia Phillies in late August, sending A.J. Ellis to Philadelphia primarily because they thought Ruiz would be a better offensive player against left-handed pitching. Ruiz hit .278 in 14 games for the Dodgers (nine starts) then went 3 for 11 during the Dodgers’ playoff run.The Dodgers are apparently ready to make Austin Barnes their backup to Yasmani Grandal in 2017. Barnes, 27, has hit .180 in brief stays with the Dodgers over the past two seasons while hitting .304 with an .845 OPS in Triple-A.Jansen, Turner to receive offers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Monday is also the deadline to make qualifying offers to eligible free agents. The Dodgers will make the qualifying offer (a one-year, $17.2 million contract) to closer Kenley Jansen and third baseman Justin Turner only, protecting their right to draft-pick compensation if either signs with another team. Left-hander Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick are not eligible for the qualifying offer and the Dodgers will not receive compensation if either signs with another team.Staff writer J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this report.center_img LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers are in the final stages of trading veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz to the Seattle Mariners, a move that will allow them to essentially get something for an asset they no longer planned to use.The trade has not been confirmed by either team but the Dodgers are expected to receive a minor-leaguer in return for the 37-year-old Ruiz who has to agree to waive no-trade protection in his contract before the deal can be finalized. The Mariners will then pick up the option in his contract that guarantees him a $4.5 million salary in 2017. The Dodgers had little interest in picking up that option and would have had to pay Ruiz a $500,000 buyout by Monday’s deadline.Monday is also the deadline for veteran left-hander Scott Kazmir to exercise an opt-out clause in his contract. Kazmir will not, a decision that protects the final two years and $32 million on the three-year deal he signed with the Dodgers last winter.It is an obvious financial decision for Kazmir who went 10-6 with a 4.56 ERA in a largely unsatisfying debut season with the Dodgers in 2016. He made just one start after August 22 due to injury and was not on the Dodgers’ postseason roster.last_img read more