Gothic (and Gothic-style) abound in church architecture around the world. But what exactly are its characteristics? Learn the stylistic attributes and historical context of Gothic architecture, as well as how to distinguish it from Romanesque and Gothic Revival architecture.
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
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
I was back in my favorite place, the Park Avenue Armory, this week for the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. It was very exciting, especially because I was attending in an official business capacity this time! While I was there, I gave myself a little tour of the period rooms and saw this beautiful Celtic-inspired… Continue reading Look at all the interlace!
Presenting sixteen libraries and sixteen bookstores you have to see before you die. How amazing are these places? They are all so incredible that I tried to write more about them, but I couldn't pick just a few to talk about. I could barely even figure out which ones I should include photos of. I… Continue reading Epic Bookstores and Libraries
"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
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
I had lots of fun with the non-traditional gargoyles yesterday, and I hope you did, too. For today's offering, please accept this link to more photos of gargoyles from around the world. I particularly enjoyed the Washington National Cathedral ones, so I visited its website and found some great information, including facts about gargoyles and… Continue reading Darth Vader Grotesques, Books, and A Medieval Revival Library