A MAN OF MANY TALENTS: ROGER SOMERS IN HIS DRAFTING STUDIO AND MUSIC ROOM AT DRUID HEIGHTS

Photo courtesy of Steve Moeller

This early 1970’s photo captures Druid Heights original resident Roger Somers playing the conga. On the left and behind him are his drafting table and books on architectural subjects, while on the right are several of his other favorite instrument, the saxophone along with what appears to be a small Indian Sitar.

It was in this room that he put his ideas on paper, including the design of the bus for rock star Neil Young. Given the incredible detail and that the project was being built by a crew of craftspeople needing highly detailed directions the drafting table must have seen a lot of use. But Roger played as hard as he worked, and music was certainly a favorite form of play for him and his many top drawer musician friends.

Photo courtesy of Tagore Somers

The photo below shows a broader view of the same room and was taken probably taken around the same time or not long afterwards. Sadly, this room is in terrible shape today, and would very likely need to be be rebuilt from the ground up if it was to be brought back to life. Other buildings at Druid Heights are in better shape but sliding towards the same fate unless steps are taken to, at a minimum, stop their decay.

Photo courtesy of Detlef Kotzte

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