More than a Reading Room

by Rachel C.

With the Industrial Revolution (literally) gaining speed throughout the US and Europe, the mid-1800s ushered in a new era of architectural expectation, design, and construction. French architect Henri Labrouste embraced the technical and architectural questions of this era and essentially redefined modern architecture ... Read More

04/27/17

Parma's Teatro Farnese

by Thomas A. Kligerman

My recent trip to Italy led me to the city of Parma, as I retraced portions of Sir John Soane’s Grand Tour (1778-80)... He had two years to do it- I barely had two months! While I was in Parma, I came upon a massive and looming building at the edge of the Parma River. Nothing on its exterior prepared me for what la... Read More

03/09/17

American Academy in Rome

by Thomas A. Kligerman

So I am heading to Rome. Looking up at the Pantheon to the 27 ft diameter oculus. The American Academy will be my home for the next six weeks where I will be a Visiting Scholar. The sabbatical will afford me the time to pursue a number of things besides time to reflect.  Coffers in the dome of the Pantheon. T... Read More

01/12/17

A Tale of Two Houses; London and Paris

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Humans invent things--it's just the way we are.  We use new technologies all they time and they open up new possibilities and things we haven't considered before. Soane's house on Lincoln's Inn Fields. But sometimes our ideas outstrip available technology, and solutions to new ideas are found with previous ge... Read More

11/30/16

TEFAF New York

by Mia Jung

This week I had the opportunity to go to the The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) at the Park Avenue Armory.  Normally the fair is held in Maastricht, one of the oldest Dutch cities known for its medieval architecture, and draws up to 75,000 visitors. This year, TEFAF brings two spin off fairs to New York.  The firs... Read More

10/27/16

Boston Public Library

by Thomas A. Kligerman

View of the Boston Public Library from across Copley Square. My back is to H.H. Richardson's Trinity Church... but that's another story. The other week I had the opportunity to spend a day in the Boston Public Library.  I hadn't been there since I was an architecture student longer ago than I care to remember.The ... Read More

08/18/16

Happy Birthday Mr. President: A Tribute Trip to TJ

by Sara Frantz

Presidents, they're everywhere. If the election's got you down and you couldn’t snag tickets to see Hamilton the musical this weekend, this could provide just the right pinch of "kosher for a dinner party" politics.For those of you who have yet to visit our office, this bust of Jefferson sits fittingly in the ot... Read More

04/14/16

From the Library: An Architecture Book in time for Easter Weekend

by Thomas A. Kligerman

It’s so important to remember to look up. To me the most important part of a building is the ceiling and there’s rarely been a book on ceilings as beautiful as David Stephenson’s Visions of Heaven: The Dome in European Architecture published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2005.  Following his first bo... Read More

03/24/16

Soane's Bank of England: Back from the Wrecking Ball

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Sir John Soane's Bank of England, Tivoli Corner.New Yorkers are acutely aware of the destruction of McKim Mead & White's Pennsylvania Station.  The loss of New York's grandest train station and arguably its most important classical building has forever altered the way the city conceives of its historic landmarks.S... Read More

07/16/15

Three Mesas

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Plateaus, tablelands, promontories. I grew up calling them mesas – the flat topped hills with steep ledges, set high above the rest of the landscape. A couple years in the Southwest solidified my interest in their strange forms, and as a kid who was fascinated by buildings, it helped that some of architecture’s oldest, ... Read More

05/21/15

Guess who's coming to dinner (Or, some thoughts on Stanford White)

by Thomas A. Kligerman

You can have dinner with three famous people, dead or alive. Who would you choose? For as long as I can remember, I’ve answered that one of my guests would be Stanford White. White was an absolutely brilliant architect, delineator, artist; he was a designer-of-all-things, with seemingly infinite creativity. He was al... Read More

12/11/14

Ike Kligerman Barkley's Favorite NYC Buildings - Part I

by Ike Kligerman Barkley

Five boroughs, thousands of blocks, millions of people. We're lucky to be headquartered in a metropolis that continues to change and continues to inspire - especially architecturally. This week, we asked the Ike Kligerman Barkley staff about their favorite buildings in New York City. From the offbeat to the classic, the new... Read More

07/31/14