I do not have a favorite time period or architectural style (how could you possibly choose?) but I will admit, I have a few particular buildings that I consider to be favorites. One of them is hidden in the middle of downtown Chicago, over-shadowed (literally) by several neighboring buildings. It is a sixteen-floor brick building… Read More Monadnock: the Last of the Brick Skyscrapers
Stadium High School looks like everything but a high school. Locally nicknamed “Brown Castle,” the school certainly looks more the part of a castle than a school. The school is so picturesque, it has starred in multiple movies including the 1999 romantic comedy classic, 10 Things I Hate About You (Health Ledger, Julia Stiles,… Read More Castle, Movie Set… High School?
Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “space is the breath of art.” Broader than just a piece of art or a building, this might be considered in terms of a city, that conglomeration of buildings, roads, and park lands. Parks are essential. They are not only the breath the city, but are art in their own… Read More Defining a City by its Parks
Diaper brick pattern spotted in Capitol Hill. Did you know that “diaper” is derived from the Greek for “two colors?” The term was originally used in textiles and refers to a repeated pattern. In masonry, the diamond pattern is most common. via Instagram
When you hear “Tiffany,” you probably think of two things. First, the jewelry empire: exquisite rings in robin’s egg blue boxes. Tiffany’s jewelry has not only inspired many a daydream, it starred in the Truman Capote novella and Audrey Hepburn classic movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The second thing that probably comes to mind when you… Read More Tiffany: Jewelry, Lamps, and… Ceilings?