Category Archives: Architecture

“We always have the whispering pines.”

When fourteen-year-old Henry Wadsworth Longfellow entered Bowdoin College in 1821, he joined fellow future author Nathaniel Hawthorne in the Class of 1825. The student who aspired to a profession in literature honed his skills as a member of the Peucinian … Continue reading

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“A delicate French chateau mirrored in a Massachusetts pond”

The Berkshires of western Massachusetts is a picturesque region of forested hills, green valleys and the powerful Blackstone River that created prospering mill towns during the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century. Time spent among these mountains prompted Nathaniel Hawthorne … Continue reading

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Where can you find lucky lions, a canine ambassador, broken jewels and chocolate mice?

Faced with the needs of Boston’s growing population, mid-19th-century city planners decided to fill in a soggy, marshy area of the city known as the Back Bay. With the help of a new innovation known as the steam shovel, it … Continue reading

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At last – and it was just up Portage Path and Riverview Road

Rising in the rolling hills east of Cleveland, turning to the west, bending at the north, and winding its way toward Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River flows past a fertile valley filled with streams, gorges and ravines, several kinds of … Continue reading

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Marshall Fredericks Was Here In Columbus!

Two Bears. Baboon with Chimpanzee. Baboon with Sleeping Child. All sculptures by a Michigan sculptor named Marshall Fredericks, on view at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “How do I know that name?,” I wondered, … Continue reading

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