by Tyler Velten
As we pack our station wagons and stow the sunscreen, many Americans are heading to a forest for one final summer adventure. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that there are nearly 7.5 million second family homes in the U.S. Predictably, the highest concentration of these homes is situated in or ...
Mechelen Patershof Hotel
Built by the
Franciscan monks in 1867, the "Paterskirk" in Mechelen,
Belgium looks like an
ordinary church- which is what I thought it was prior to entering. As I walked
in I was greeted by a doorman ready to take my suitcase.Street view of Martin's PatershofIn 2009 the
Paterskirk church opened as a 4-star hotel k...
Miami Art and Architecture
Having studied architecture at the University of
Miami, I tend to find myself coming back to the area every so often...any chance
I get, really! This spring, I took a few days to escape down to explore a
little bit of Miami Beach and Wynwood.Miami Beach- Ocean
DriveWe started off the trip with a bike ride through
Putting the Cart Behind the Horse
by Molly Denver
A few years ago, we got a book for Christmas, "Journeys of a
Lifetime" put out by National Geographic.
Whenever we leaf through, we find ourselves feeling an acute
wanderlust. We decided to experience one
of those journeys firsthand by renting a horse and caravan in Wicklow County,
Ireland.The idea of ...
Le Corbusier Pilgrimage
by Doug Crisp
late summer of 2016 I took an architectural pilgrimage of sorts, tracing some
of the pivotal works of Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. 15th century chateau in Trélissac.Noted as one of the founding fathers of Modernist architecture, Corbusier’s works were in startling opposition to the popula...
A Tribute to Paul Revere Williams
honor of Black History Month, I wanted to pay a special tribute to architect
Paul Revere Williams. Beverly Hills Hotel ExteriorHis granddaughter Karen E. Hudson wrote Paul R. Williams, Architect; A Legacy of Style – a biography and survey of his work, and a favorite in our IKB library. Be...
Off the Grid: Mohonk Mountain House
There's a magical place right outside New York City. Lake Mohonk Mountain House. Albert Smiley purchased a small inn and 280 acres of land in 1869, and expanded on the historic resort hotel until 1910. It sits on the Shawangunk Ridge, on the western side of the Hudson River.Smiley continually expan...
A Cuban Moment
Over the holiday break, I went on a Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation trip to Cuba with a dozen friends to look at art and architecture. Since my last visit four years ago, things have change subtly. The art scene is exploding, there are more restaurants and the food has improved. Apart from that, however, not much h...
Where the Boys Are
by Joel Barkley
My first time in Fort Lauderdale was in the hot, lonely off season of August 1987. A twenty year old with a free weekend, I was expecting “Where the Boys Are” with Connie Francis. The 1960 film was glamorous spring break nirvana, with lots of frugging teenagers. I didn’t find it, nearly three decades after they f...
Buenos Aires, Scotland: the Estancia Villa Maria
Back in cold and rainy New York, it’s strange to think that only a couple days ago I was in sunny Buenos Aires for the annual Leaders of Design Council conference.But traveling North-South will do that to you. After an eleven hour flight, the timezone only changes one hour, but the season changes completely (and so does t...
by Ross Padluck
Ross Padluck, Associate at Ike Kligerman Barkley, guest blogs this week. He is the author of Catskill Resorts: Lost Architecture of Paradise.I’ve long been fascinated by the beauty and mystery of abandoned buildings. They’ve become a hobby of mine, and I've photographed and written extensively about them. One place that...
A Ponti Pilgrimage
by John Ike
Last week I again found myself out of town; but this trip I was much further from home, and I was much more prepared for my accommodations. I was in Naples (which I loved, from its tiny latterie to the huge, fascist post office) on a Sir John Soane’s Museum trip, but found a moment to steal away to pay homage to the exube...