Interested in exploring by place? I have written blogs from my home town as well as many of the places I’ve traveled. Here’s a round-up of my favorites! Find things alphabetically by state or check out the non-place-based blogs (including blogs about Frank Lloyd Wright) at the bottom. Happy exploring!


Architecture on Alaska’s Dalton Highway

A Peek at Russian Architecture in Alaska a look at a Russian church in Kenai, Alaska


California’s Chinese Wall a fascinating piece of history near California’s Donner Lake

Modern Theater, Moderne Style a beautiful Art Moderne movie theater

Mission Revival Meets Train Station in Davis, California

Vikingsholm: Tahoe’s Piece of Scandinavia on Lake Tahoe’s beautiful Emerald Bay


Front Doors of Fall in collaboration with Deb Cohen of The Front Door Project


Building Feature: the Tampa Hotel a must-see if you’re in Tampa!

Tampa’s Historic Bayshore Boulevard one of the most beautiful waterfront walks


Resurrecting the Ghost Sign a historic and modern sign debate


What Came Before Prairie Style some of the houses in Oak Park, Illinois, that weren’t designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Spotted: Joseph Lyman Silsbee in Lincoln Park the cutest little building in Lincoln Park, with a cool history too!

Chicago’s Water Tower: Five Facts maybe my favorite building in Chicago but how can I possibly choose?

Building Feature: Francis J. Dewes House, Chicago a beautiful, historic mansion tucked away in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood

Chicago’s 120-Year-Old El Station because history isn’t all houses–a historic and still operating El station

If You Ask Frank Lloyd Wright for Tudor Revival Wright’s only Tudor Revival house… ever. What do you think?

Exploring Suburbia’s Roots: Riverside, Illinois suburb design elements and some of the prettiest houses in Illinois

Hemingway: the House Behind the Museum the birthplace of the famous author and the other reasons it’s interesting

Building Feature: Chicago’s Fisher Building the Fisher Building always catches my eye–it has the best details

The Future of a Historic Site: Lincoln’s Tomb I didn’t expect much when I visited Lincoln’s Tomb, but I found an incredibly powerful place

Pullman at a Glance: National Parks in the 21st Century a look at one of my favorite National Parks and the shifting role of the Park Service


Beverly Shores and the South Shore Line


Churchill Downs: A Historian’s Perspective

Views of Lincoln’s Kentucky


Roofwalks: A View of Nantucket History

Martha’s Vineyard Camp Turned Dreamy Cottage Community


The Building That Reached for the Stars a stunning building that didn’t have to be

Thinking Outside the Box(office): the Geodesic Domed Pioneer Theater one of downtown Reno’s most interesting buildings

The Motels of the Great American Road Trip the most picturesque motel in Nevada

A Century Ago on First Street a historic gas station that still stands (though doesn’t operate) on Reno’s First Street

Searching for Paul Revere Williams in Reno, Nevada the designs of the prominent architect, Paul Revere Williams, in Reno

Second Empire in the 21st Century a look at Second Empire style in Reno

Reno’s Mission Revival Quartet of Schools the prettiest quartet of historic schools (two are still standing)


Oregon Caves: More Than a Cave the beautiful historic buildings at Oregon Caves

Oregon’s Outdoor Elevator Oregon City is more than just the end of the Oregon Trail

I Heart Bridges my 2017 valentine’s campaign for bridges

Building Feature: Portland’s New Market Building one of the coolest historic buildings in downtown Portland

Building Feature: the Portland Building controversial and Postmodern (or are they mutually inclusive?). I have grown to love the Portland Building but what do you think?

Benson Bubblers: Five Fun Facts those water fountains that are everywhere in Portland–what gives?

Beyond IKEA: A Look at Scandinavian Design via Alvar Aalto’s Oregon Library a hidden gem at Mount Angel Abby in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Rhode Island

Best Cliff Walks Part 1: Newport, RI


Midcentury Modern: Houston Modernism at its finest!


Happy 2016! Some views from a winter Utah vacation.


Views of Vermont from my 2017 trip to Woodstock

Covered Bridges featuring three covered bridges near Woodstock

NPS Centennial: Meet My Favorite National Park Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park


Best of Ballard (and Big News!) my favorite part of Seattle and my home for three years–and my move to Chicago!

Saying Goodbye to the Nuclear Reactor Building one of the biggest historic preservation heartbreaks in Seattle

Bremerton’s Floating Museum it’s history, a boat, and a museum. What’s to lose?

The German Town That Isn’t German why there’s that German-themed town in the middle of Washington

Seattle Icon: Elephant Car Wash only Seattle’s best sign (if you ask me)

Reflecting on a Changing Ballard a historic neighborhood facing escalating new construction

My Favorite Thing at the Seattle Art Museum (hint–it’s architectural!)

Building Feature: Seattle’s Pioneer Building at the heart of Pioneer Square

Fire Station Reuse Success: Renton Historical Museum Art Moderne meets fire station

The Nation’s Most Popular Locks Ballard Locks–one of my favorite places in Seattle



Railroad Reuse: the First Rails to Trails

Views of Milwaukee’s North Point a neighborhood with a lighthouse and a long history

Views of Spring Green, Wisconsin


Frank Lloyd Wright

S.C. Johnson: the Wright Office Building

The Robie House’s Contemporary Reflection

Views of Unity Temple

Ravine Bluffs: A Century-Old Frank Lloyd Wright Development

If You Ask Frank Lloyd Wright for Tudor Revival

Celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s Birthday (with views from Oregon’s Gordon House)

What Came Before Prairie Style (a peek into the other buildings in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park neighborhood!)

Other Topics

Best of Ballard (and Big News!) my 2017 move to Chicago announcement!

2017 Preservation-Themed Reading List books for those interested in preservation

Preservation Meets Art featuring Seattle artist, Amy Douglas

Heart Bomb Seattle (2016) and I Heart Bridges (2017)

Best of 2017 a round up of the year’s most popular posts (and the favorites)

Best of 2016 a round up of the year’s most popular posts (and the favorites)