Sunday Reader

What has been going on in the Preservation world? A lot has been flurrying around but there are a few specific matters on which I’d like to focus Read on! 1. Portland, Oregon, has become the center of a painful but important debate. The Carman House, built in the mid 1850s, is the oldest house in… Read More Sunday Reader

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Soldier Field: Painful Combination of Architecture or Brilliant Upgrade?

Alternate title: Is a “Sympathetic Addition” Possible and Did Soldier Field Do It? When visiting Chicago last month I stumbled upon Soldier Field. And when I say stumbled upon, I mean it was on the horizon for quite some time and I was drawn in like a moth to light. I am not huge football fan (read:… Read More Soldier Field: Painful Combination of Architecture or Brilliant Upgrade?

Casinos of the Past: Where Glamour Has Become Kitsch

Casinos have always been about glamour. Today that glamour comes in the form of immensely tall fountains, priceless art, and recreations of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, from Venice to the Eiffel Tower. The casinos in Las Vegas particularly draw in guests using the most lavish and extraordinary productions. I’m not talking about Blue… Read More Casinos of the Past: Where Glamour Has Become Kitsch

Find Your Park

The National Park Service has organized a fantastic campaign called “Find Your Park.” It is well-known news by now that National Parks have a youth problem: just at Yellowstone National Park, the average age of visitors is 54. This trend includes the employees. Only 7% of employees at National Parks are 29 or younger. This… Read More Find Your Park

Round Front Doors

I found this picturesque cottage on the bluff above Puget Sound (I can only imagine the view from the back). It is very Pacific Northwest in character and the blossoming rhododendron could not be more perfect. But what about the round front doorway? If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed three round… Read More Round Front Doors