Welcome to the Dollhouse
by Molly Denver
since I was a little girl, I’ve had a fascination with dollhouses. My dad built one for my sister and I which I
recall being yellow, with graffiti that I personally contributed. The dolls
didn’t matter to me, just the house itself.Dad
built all the furniture and helped me build some, showing me how to att...
Total Eclipse Seeking in Missouri
This summer I journeyed to middle America, in the path of
the total eclipse of the sun. A
longtime family friend who spends part of her summer each year at her family
home in Windsor, Missouri invited us to join her for the occasion. Both small
town Missouri and the celestial event greatly exceeded my expectations. It w...
by Andrew Dolan
the eighth grade, one of my childhood best friends and I made a pact that when
we each turned 25 we’d buy an old boat, convert it into a beautiful residence,
then sail it through the Panama Canal (not sure why there specifically) and
travel the world. At the ripe age of fifteen, I would have told you that there
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 known ...
Catskills Escape and a Soiree on the Railway
The first weekend of August, my husband and I celebrated our
6th wedding anniversary (and 14 years!) by escaping to the Catskills
Soiree on the Railway put on by the charming And North collective. We made a
weekend of it, arriving at the Arts and Crafts style Deer Mountain Inn in Tannersville, NY Friday
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
by Doug Crisp
a recent trip to Paris I decided I would attempt to see some of the lesser
known (and perhaps less respected) architectural landmarks. Most of these
buildings were social housing complexes located on the outskirts of the city in areas that weren't exactly on the 'must-see' Paris list.I
had read about these complexes ...
Exploring Manhattan’s Village
Six months ago, on a cold February day, I relocated from
Detroit to Manhattan. I rented an apartment with a friend from college in the
Upper East Side for a few months. Between searching for jobs, interviewing, and
seeing old faces, I took the time to explore this great city.I dedicated every afternoon to exploring diffe...
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 ridin...
Grassmayr Bell Foundry
Since 1599 the Grassmayr Bell Foundry in Innsbruck, Austria
has been casting bronze bells ranging from small concert bells to iconic church
bells weighing several tons. The Grassmayr family has carried on the bell
making craft for 14 generations. This year the foundry set another record with
the 25-ton bell nicknamed "B...
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 ...