The first time I remember women reacting to me was when we were filming “Hud” in Texas. Women were literally trying to climb through the transoms at the motel where I stayed. At first, it’s flattering to the ego. At first. Then you realize that they’re mixing me up with the roles I play - characters created by writers who have nothing to do with who I am.

Certainly one of the stranger architectural features I’ve found in an asylum, some - but not all - of the dayrooms at Athens State Hospital in Ohio had these giant holes leading out into the hallway.  Five feet off the ground, and nearly as large in diameter, the holes are a mystery.  They were certainly too high to be there as portals to be used for passage.  There’s the possibility that it existed to let light into the hallway - see the followup to this post - because the 1868 building likely didn’t even have gaslight when constructed.  It’s certainly common to see windows at transom-height in hallways to allow light from windows into hallways.  But in that case, why a giant circle?  Building a large, perfectly circular opening into a brick-and-mortar wall would be expensive as opposed to a standard window, or a square or rectangular void.  In any case, it remains a mystery for the time being.

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A record catches Allen’s ears. Clarinet, strings… it’s the same Brahms from his mother’s bedroom. Allen walks down the darkened hallway, following the music. He reaches a door with a lit transom. He knocks, walks inside.

A mattress lies on the floor, with a phonograph. Candles light the room. A crammed bookshelf. The rest of the dorm furniture sits in a teetering pile. In the open window sits Lucien, smoking, reading the Times.


Lucien looks at him, surprised he knows. “Finally. An oasis in this wasteland.”


This Is Radio promises to be a great series. But we’re biased because the premiere video stars Roman Mars. 

The transom stern of HMS Vanguard during construction. Instead of having a gradual tapering off section, it was found that simply ending the hull anywhere within up to six feet of the rudder had no significant impact on performance. The loss of weight meanwhile gave an increase in speed and acceleration. It was a discovery made in the design studies for the N3-class battleships and G3-class battlecruisers of the early 1920s - colossal ships which never came to fruition.

Well framed. An arch creates a dramatic effect in both contemporary and traditional homes. We love the unexpected architectural details of this bedroom: curved ceiling, arched opening and picture window with transom arch. The added height and abundance of light make for a bright and cheerful morning view.