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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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Oglebay Resort Is “A Vision of Paradise”

“Good grief, Mike was right,” I thought as I sat in a line of idling vehicles as far as I could see. We inched past wooden soldiers and clowns, crawled by angels and tennis players, crept up to downhill skiers … Continue reading

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For Those With An Independent Will To See Haworth, Start Your Charlotte Brontë Pilgrimage At The Morgan Library

There it was — a two-piece cotton and wool day dress printed with blue flowers, leaves and tendrils, with slightly puffed sleeves and mother-of-pearl and brass buttons. A pair of cloth ankle boots with leather toe caps stood beside it. … Continue reading

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What Monk Knew How To Use Words And Images To Sell His Brand?

For months, I’ve been anticipating the arrival of two tantalizing exhibitions at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. Word and Image: Martin Luther’s Reformation was one of them. My travels through Germany have taken me on a … 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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Poseidon Still Looks Good At 17

If you grew up in Columbus between 1964 and 1999, what comes to mind when you think about COSI? Dozens of rolled-up sleeping bags for camp-ins at the museum? The coal mine? The Street of Yesteryear, with its mock storefronts … Continue reading

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