They are always unique, they always stand out, and you can always spot a John Anderson design. The touch of the architect can be seen in over 50 homes and buildings across Vermont.
"Things are a bit conventional around here and it took a long time to find the clients who are interested in the same things I was," Anderson said.
These aren't just buildings to him. He wants each client's personality to shine, asking questions like what books people read, what music people listen to.
He's most proud of the KSV advertising agency building in Burlington. He took it from four cement walls and turned it into a unique space, filling it with chalk lines and lumber crayons, a playful wink to the tools of architects and carpenters.
"It represents me being able to knit my art and architecture together," he said.
After he finished the building 11 years ago, Anderson realized he wanted to be more artistic. During all his jobs he would always go home at night and create art, so he decided to make it his full-time job.
"It didn't occur to me when designing the space that I'd be showing something in it, but I kind of had it in the back of mind that someday," Anderson said.
Anderson's two- and three-dimensional drawings and sculptures are on exhibit in a building he designed, Burlington City Arts on Church Street.
Everything in the show is made of paper, including a wall of what Anderson calls paper studies. Each one created with two pieces of paper and a pencil-- his favorite tools as an architect-- and made with different techniques.
"These are spit wads," he said, pointing to one study.
Although buildings are bigger and can evoke bigger and more powerful reactions, Anderson says he can be more expressive and radical through art.
"I'm just as happy and just as satisfied if someone sees my art and likes it as I was having a building appreciated," he said.
An artist and an architect still putting his signature on Vermont.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:55 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:55:09 GMT
An award winning journalist from Vermont has died.Michael Hastings was killed early Tuesday morning in a car accident in Los Angeles.Hastings was best known for his Rolling Stones article on General StanleyMore >>
Michael Hastings was killed early Tuesday morning in a car accident in Los Angeles.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:54 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:54:26 GMT
Bennington Rural Fire Station was packed with people and support for the 15 members recently suspended over their part in an annual stunt. "Do you realize these are the real heroes of America?" askedMore >>
Bennington Rural Fire Station was packed with people and support for the 15 members recently suspended over their part in an annual stunt.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:53 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:53:55 GMT
Glen Goodall served in the South Pacific during World War II, now the Williamstown vet is in Washington D.C. for two very special honors.Tuesday marked the 94-year-old's first trip to the nation's capitalMore >>
Glen Goodall served in the South Pacific during World War II, now the Williamstown vet is in Washington DC for two very special honors.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:41 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:41:56 GMT
Former Bennington Rural Fire Department chief Joseph Hayes pleaded not guilty Monday to embezzlement charges stemming from a department-sponsored raffle when he was chief. Participants told police theyMore >>
A former chief at the Bennington Rural Fire Department faces embezzlement charges and 16 volunteers are in hot water over another incident. As allegations of misconduct stack up, some residents are worried about their safety.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:54 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:54:27 GMT
Court documents indicate New York's Chinese mafia may be involved in prostitution at a Chittenden County spa. Tuesday morning, landlord Thomas Booska pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge. A tenantMore >>
A landlord has denied charges related to prostitution at an alleged sex spa in Williston. And court documents indicate New York's Chinese Mafia may be involved in prostitution in Vermont.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:13 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:13:18 GMT
A Hopkinton, New York man is behind bars, accused of promoting prostitution. Police say Monday, they searched 60-year-old Dean Lamphere's house and business -- Lamphere's General Trucking and Repair.More >>
A Hopkinton, N.Y., man is behind bars, accused of promoting prostitution.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:00 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:00:51 GMT
A New Haven man says he was trying to stop another man from cutting down his neighbor's trees, but police say firing shots wasn't the way to do it. Police say on Sunday, 72-year-old David Milson firedMore >>
A New Haven man says he was trying to stop another man from cutting down his neighbor's trees, but police say firing shots wasn't the way to do it.More >>