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Lucy, the Vet Clinic

The real Lucy is in New Jersey, not a veterinary clinic, but it's fun to imagine the possibilities.

In Atlantic City, New Jersey, stands Lucy the Elephant, one of the more unique roadside attractions in the States. She was built in 1881 by James Lafferty, who hoped the elephant would entice visitors to come and buy property in his seaside resort.

At six stories tall, I thought she could make a dramatic veterinary clinic, standing-out head and shoulders (and trunk) above any competing veterinary clinics.

In her cranium is the waiting area, in her midsection- reception and in the bowels of her belly a single exam room, one station treatment area, surgery, and x-ray. Upstairs in the "howdah" (the seat on top), the doctor’s office and team room would command far-reaching views over the sands.

I doubt that Lucy, the Vet Clinic will ever happen, but if I can get a clinic to fit in an elephant, who knows where else a clinic could fit.

Snapshots from Past Projects

Over the course of more than thirty years with Animal Arts Design Studios I designed and helped clients to build project ranging in size from 900 to 45,000 square feet. I designed pet boarding facilities, high end boutique clinics and mega-medical specialty surgery facilities. But looking back I think my favorite projects were when I sat down with a client one-on-one to produce a small, intensely personal, uniquely special small clinic. Fortunately since establishing smaller can be better I have had more than a few dozen opportunities to do exactly that. And I really get excited about the possibility of doing lots more in the future. 

The following are snapshots from a variety of recent small projects.

Snapshots from Past Projects

Over the course of more than thirty years with Animal Arts Design Studios I designed and helped clients to build project ranging in size from 900 to 45,000 square feet. I designed pet boarding facilities, high end boutique clinics and mega-medical specialty surgery facilities. But looking back I think my favorite projects were when I sat down with a client one-on-one to produce a small, intensely personal, uniquely special small clinic. Fortunately since establishing smaller can be better I have had more than a few dozen opportunities to do exactly that. And I really get excited about the possibility of doing lots more in the future. 

The following are snapshots from a variety of recent small projects.

Lucy, the Vet Clinic

The real Lucy is in New Jersey, not a veterinary clinic, but it's fun to imagine the possibilities.

In Atlantic City, New Jersey, stands Lucy the Elephant, one of the more unique roadside attractions in the States. She was built in 1881 by James Lafferty, who hoped the elephant would entice visitors to come and buy property in his seaside resort.

At six stories tall, I thought she could make a dramatic veterinary clinic, standing-out head and shoulders (and trunk) above any competing veterinary clinics.

In her cranium is the waiting area, in her midsection- reception and in the bowels of her belly a single exam room, one station treatment area, surgery, and x-ray. Upstairs in the "howdah" (the seat on top), the doctor’s office and team room would command far-reaching views over the sands.

I doubt that Lucy, the Vet Clinic will ever happen, but if I can get a clinic to fit in an elephant, who knows where else a clinic could fit.