Category Archives: Architecture

If You Want To See A Beautiful Building, Stop In At Robert J. Kraus’s Hamlet Street Church

Ask me about Walter Gropius, and I’ll gush about the glass curtain walls and floating balconies that he fashioned for the Bauhaus building in Dessau, Germany. Mention Frank Lloyd Wright, and I’ll rattle on about the magnificent wisteria-mosaic fireplace that … Continue reading

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Covering Compost Cookies to Candy Couture In 24,021 New York City Steps

When the first Saturday morning in December dawns, you may like to be nestled all snug in your bed, but I much prefer hitting the pavement for another now-legendary 15-hour visit to New York City. The once-bleary-eyed novice in All … Continue reading

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Cultivate A Taste For Thomas Cole

Of all the images of artwork over which I pored in darkened lecture rooms and slide libraries, Kindred Spirits is one of those at which I marveled the most. Its painter, Asher B. Durand, skillfully executed sparkling waterfalls, soaring birds, … Continue reading

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Climb A Smokestack To See A Glass River

Billy Joel’s “River of Dreams” may have been deep, wide and hard to cross, but he might have finally found what he had been looking for in the shimmering “River of Glass” that I discovered in Mount Vernon. The River … Continue reading

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How Many Battered Windows Can You Find On Brighton Road?

Did you know that taverns in frontier Columbus had live bears tethered to treadmills, pumping water stored in underground cisterns to the upper floors of the tavern so that overnight guests could bathe? How about the origin of the “shotgun” … Continue reading

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Fran’s Lemon Coconut Squares And Buttermilk Brownies Make Whitelaw’s House A Home

October 15, 1966 was an auspicious day in Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. He signed the National Historic Preservation Act, which created the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of our country’s historic places that are worthy of preservation. To … Continue reading

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Spend a Sunday Afternoon At Oberlin’s Frank Lloyd Wright House

“Do I really want to live in a work of art?,” Ellen Johnson asked herself as she considered whether or not to buy the house at 534 Morgan Street in Oberlin, Ohio in 1968. “Won’t that be too demanding? Every … Continue reading

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