Boston’s Timeless Architecture
grown up right outside of Boston, I’ve always understood that all of the
buildings around me are part of history, and some are the oldest architecture
in the country. A fair amount of the homes in my hometown have small
plaques next to their house number that read the years that they were built.
The entirety o...
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 ...
Parma's Teatro Farnese
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...
American Academy in Rome
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...
A Tale of Two Houses; London and Paris
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...
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...
Boston Public Library
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 ...
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...
From the Library: An Architecture Book in time for Easter Weekend
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
Soane's Bank of England: Back from the Wrecking Ball
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...
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, ...
Guess who's coming to dinner (Or, some thoughts on Stanford White)
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...