HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
“And from its station in the hall
An ancient timepiece says to all, —
‘Forever — never!
Never — forever!’”
-H. W. Longfellow, The Old Clock on the Stairs
At the site where Pittsfield High School now stands, the house of Longfellow’s in-laws once stood. His poem The Old Clock on the Stairs describes a clock in the house, and expresses Longfellow’s interest in time as an all-encompassing force.
The Longfellow studio uses the rhythm of the stair and the parallel continuity of the hall to mark the passage of time. As the sun passes through the sky, the tapered roof tracks the time of day over the stair treads, turning the studio into a time-telling piece that encourages the movement of the body through an eternal cycle.