Welcome to the Dollhouse

by Molly Denver

Ever 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... Read More

09/21/17

Total Eclipse Seeking in Missouri

by Margie Lavender

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... Read More

09/14/17

Houseboats

by Andrew Dolan

In 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 wa... Read More

08/31/17

Recreational Residences

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 ... Read More

08/24/17

Mechelen Patershof Hotel

by Dora Dmitriev

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 ... Read More

08/17/17

Catskills Escape and a Soiree on the Railway

by Margie Lavender

The first weekend of August, my husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary (and 14 years!) by escaping to the Catskills for The 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 evening... Read More

08/08/17

Miami Art and Architecture

by Ashley Walton

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 South... Read More

07/20/17

Brutalist Paris

by Doug Crisp

On 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 ... Read More

07/13/17

Exploring Manhattan’s Village

by Philip Marcantonio

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... Read More

07/06/17

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... Read More

06/29/17

Grassmayr Bell Foundry

by Dora Dmitriev

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... Read More

06/21/17

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