DAC-ART is rooted in history. DAC-ART was created by Théodore Dial in 1996, after a career in historic restoration and in new, custom-home design, building, and architectural art. From 1973 to 1978, the architectural artist and builder, Théodore Dial designed and produced a large variety of architectural details that he installed onto his many buildings including significant historic structures as well as new homes that he designed. For the first 12 years of his career, his projects were historic houses and central city buildings in Mobile, Alabama, and in New Orleans. Later, Théodore designed all new houses, highly customized, on which to practice the art of architectural details.
Then, he decided that the separation of structure and finish as practiced by the construction industry has too may parts, pieces, and people to properly supervise and its results often lack durability and aesthetic charm. Influenced by the limestone construction in Paris, he invented DAC-ART to provide all in one: the structure, the geometric shapes, the finished surfaces (skin: siding, stucco, brick, etc), the architectural details (moulding profiles, sculpture, etc), and the interior finishes and details as well as exterior elements. This solid and monolithic concept steps outside the normal method of sandwiching up walls from numerous layers of different materials which do not inherently or naturally mend together where one must rely to a greater extent on each and every workman to overcome the unnatural marriage of diverse materials. And like the cerise sur le gateau, Théodore sculpts final touches to many of his buildings so that his original art becomes part of the whole. This follows the European tradition of building where uniqueness can be found on each old building, even though some general rules of classical traditions are included.
Original and Appropriate Architectural Details
DAC-ART's geometry is extremely versatile. This enables a one-of-a-kind design for individuals, while maintaining solid benefits.
The wonderful architectural lines, proportions, and authentic details are a reality today because of Théodore's 38 year history of studying and restoring historic homes and studying traditional architecture in France. His career has culminated in a focused study of traditional stone architecture and of stone buildings.
Théodore sculpts final touches to many of his buildings so that his original art becomes part of the whole. This practice follows the European tradition of building where uniqueness can be found on each old building.