What I Saw: Frank Lloyd Wright in Buffalo, NY

“This book is intended to make it impossible, ever again, for anyone who cares about architecture to say, ‘We drove by Buffalo on the Thruway, but decided not to stop because there’s nothing there to look at—is there?’”[1] opens the architecture critic Reyner Banham in his dedication and introduction to Buffalo Architecture: A Guide. “Anybody…

What I Saw: Frank Lloyd Wright in River Forest, IL

To read the first part of my Frank Lloyd Wright summer adventure, click here. Shortly after checking off all the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings from my list of buildings to see in Oak Park, I hopped on the “El” and met The Urbanologist in Lincoln Park, Chicago where we toured the campus of DePaul University….

What I Saw: Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois

As you may have recalled from my previous post on my summer architecture-peeping trip celebrating the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright, the first stop on this multi-city adventure was Chicago. Renown for its excellent architecture, public art and museums, Chicago not only witnessed the development of the skyscraper as a work of art, but…

Falling in Love with Buffalo, All Over Again

Is it possible to fall in love with a city more than you already are? The City of Buffalo, New York had been on my mind constantly for the past few years, but even more so after reading Alexandra Lange’s essay “A Buffalo Case Study: Can Architecture Bring a City Back?” Years ago, when I was…

Brutalist Crush: Explore Boston’s Concrete Architecture with this New Map

The Brutalist Boston Map everyone has been waiting for, is finally here. And by “everyone,” I mean those with even the slightest interest in the concrete architecture of the sixties and seventies in Boston. Written and edited by Mark Pasnik, Chris Grimley and Michael Kubo—the authors behind Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston, the…

Unlocking Boston: 14 Must-See Sites at This Year’s Common Boston Festival

For the first time ever, Common Boston is adopting a new format for their highly popular festival of design and architecture in the city. Kicking off on June 4 and continuing through the weekend, Common Boston will “unlock” the doors to dozens of architecturally, culturally and historically significant sites in and around Boston. Architecture and design enthusiasts…

Calling it “Heroic,” Boston Moves Forward to Re-Imagine Its City Hall

Oh, the times they are a-changin’ in Boston. It was just in September 2013 when then Representative Martin J. Walsh, announced a proposal to sell City Hall Plaza to a private developer and privatize the building—paving the way for the bulldozing of the plaza and possibly City Hall. “You could put a hotel boutique here….

Instagramming Brutalism

This morning while riding the Green Line to work I overheard a conversation between two men commenting on the state of architecture in Boston. The men started discussing the current cold weather snap in the northeast and how when they were younger, schools never used to close. I wasn’t completely focused on the conversation and…

Where is the Love? The Building Bostonians Love to Hate

Yelp has become quite the platform for not only reviewing restaurants, hotels, stores and everything in between, but also architecture and public spaces. Who knew?   Curious to see what people had to say about some of Boston’s most beautiful “ugly” buildings, I conducted a search on Yelp. It turns out, people love the Christian Science…

Boston’s Oldest Remaining Fire House Gets a Facelift

Boston’s oldest remaining fire house; the Eustis Street Fire House in Roxbury has been fully restored and is now the headquarters for Historic Boston Incorporated. Built in 1859, the 2 ½ story, brick Italianate Style building was designed by the Roxbury architect John Roulestone Hall. A wood addition was added to the rear in 1869….

The Cheney Building Stands Like a Tree in Downtown Hartford

Here’s a wonderful building in Hartford, CT by Henry Hobson Richardson, the genius behind masterpieces like Trinity Church on Copley Square and the Woburn Public Library among others. The Cheney Building (1875-76) stands like a tree in downtown Hartford, setting itself apart from its neighbors through the polychromatic stonework, rustication, and the floral motifs carved…

Summer 2011 – The Potential Death of Modernism

UPDATE: THE WHEATLEY SCHOOL WAS DEMOLISHED ON JUNE 17, 2011. This past March I blogged about the Phyllis Wheatley School in New Orleans which is under the threat of demolition. I feel compelled to share a wonderful short documentary by Evan Mather which highlights the architectural and cultural significance of the Wheatley School, because I care…

Black Boston: Freedom in the Empire and the Republic

Last winter, I had a wonderful experience with Context Travel exploring the new Art of the Americas wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This Spring, I had another wonderful experience with Context on an in depth, three hour long walking tour of Black Boston. The tour was led by Alex Goldfeld, the President and Historian…

The City is My Inspiration

Where do you get your ideas from? This is my first #LETSBLOGOFF  Topic! To say that one’s ideas are all original is a bit of an exaggeration. We cannot possibly deny the influence of others on our work and our creativity. I get my ideas from walking the streets of a city. I’m inspired by architecture, urban…

Can We Save the Wheatley Elementary School in NOLA?

“If you tear down my school, a part of me dies with it,” were the words of Phyllis Montana-Leblanc before the Historic District Landmarks Commission of New Orleans at a hearing concerning the historic modern Phillis Wheatley Elementary School in New Orleans. How could one not be emotionally affected upon reading these words? I am…

The Harmony of a Square

Boston Squared. The many squares of Boston, with Copley Square being the most “square like” of them all. Source: Andy Woodruff, Cartogrammar.com   To fit together, to join or be in agreement or concord with one another is one definition of harmony. Steen Eiler Rasmussen in Experiencing Architecture refers to architecture as “frozen music,” because…

31 in 31 of your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #30

Harrison Gray Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114 Charles Bulfinch, 1795-1796 I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series. About the Harrison Gray Otis House:…

31 in 31 of your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #29

The Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences, 32 Vassar Stree, Cambridge, MA Gehry Partners LLP with Cannon Design, 2004, Landscape: Olin Partnership, 2004 I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but…

31 in 31 of your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #28

Old South Meeting House, Washington Street at Milk Street, Boston, MA 02108 Joshua Blanchard, builder, 1729 I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series. About the Old…

31 in 31 of your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #27

King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108 Peter Harrison, 1749-1754 I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series. About King’s Chapel: King’s Chapel is another building…

31 in 31 of your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #26

Kresge Auditorium, Building W 16, West of Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA Eero Saarinen, 1954-1955 I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series.  About Kresge Auditorium: Another Saarinen…

31 in 31 of your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #25

The Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA  02108 Thomas Lamb, 1928 I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series. About The Opera House: The Opera House is considered…

31 in 31 of your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #24

United Shoe Machinery Building, High Street at 138 – 164 Federal Street, Boston, MA Parker, Thomas, and Rice, 1928-1930 I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series….

31 in 31 of Your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #23

Simmons Hall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 229 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA Steven Holl with Perry Dean Rogers Partners, 2005 I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series….

31 in 31 of Your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #22

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, 21 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA Le Corbusier with Sert, Jackson, and Gourley, 1961-1963 I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is…

31 in 31 of Your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #21

New Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 (Copley Square) Cummings and Sears, 1874-1875, Tower Rebult 1941, Restoration:  Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s…

31 in 31 of Your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #19

Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way Boston, MA 02215 I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series. About Fenway Park: Who doesn’t love Fenway Park? Actually, I’m not…

31 in 31 of Your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #18

Suffolk County Jail (The Charles Street Jail), Charles Street at Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114 Gridley J. Fox Bryant, 1851 I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the…

31 in 31 of Your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #17

Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House, 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 1759 I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series. About the Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House: The Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House is as important to Cambridge as…

31 in 31 of Your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #16

Old City Hall, 45 School Street, Boston, MA 02108 Gridley J. Fox Bryant and Arthur Gilman, 1862-1865, Renovations: Anderson, Notter and Associates, 1969-1970 I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings….