Architecture · Art History

WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #8: Evocative Worlds in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Today’s prompt involves describing a place with the added challenge of doing so without using adverbs. The prompt specifies that I go to a place and describe it while I’m there, but I will describe someplace from memory because the weather is crummy, I competed this morning, and I have no desire to go back… Continue reading WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #8: Evocative Worlds in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Architecture · Historic Places

Why I’m a fan of preservation and “Preservation” magazine

In one of the first philanthropic acts of my grown-up life, I recently joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a non-profit organization that provides funding and support for the protection and restoration of historical landmarks throughout the United States. As a membership benefit, I just received my first issue (Winter 2015) of Preservation magazine in the… Continue reading Why I’m a fan of preservation and “Preservation” magazine

American Art · Architecture

Glamour, Modernism, and the City that Never Sleeps: Art Deco in 1920s New York

"New York is an Art Deco city - indeed, the Deco city [...] The Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and Rockefeller Center were crowning achievements of the late 1920s and early 1930s, and remain the dominant celebrities of the midtown skyline. Deco lobbies, theatres, jazz bars, restaurants, and details also hide and surprise at eye… Continue reading Glamour, Modernism, and the City that Never Sleeps: Art Deco in 1920s New York

Architecture · Historic Places

Recommended Link: Historic Hotels of America

I have been writing about New York Deco and the Art Deco movement in general for several days now. Somehow, what started out as a slightly-longer-than-usual post has become a marathon of information, thoughts, research, and photographs. I'm pretty sure I submitted (and got A's for) really solid college papers that weren't this comprehensive. With… Continue reading Recommended Link: Historic Hotels of America