Category Archives: Architecture

Manufacturer’s (Hannover) Trust Building

In 1918 Manufacturers Trust bought the Northwest corner of 34th Street and Eighth Avenue. I can’t believe these bronze doorways are that early. They seem to date to a renovation in the early 1930s to my eye. I love the … Continue reading

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181 Madison Avenue

181 Madison Avenue, at the corner of Madison Avenue and 34th Street in Manhattan has jaw dropping window and door surrounds by the French designer and fabricator Edgar Brandt. I pass this building, designed by Warren and Wetmore, often on my … Continue reading

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Altar Lamps from the Recoleta Cemetery

Most of the mausoleums in the Recoleta cemetery have simple, dark bronze hanging fixtures. All that I saw were based on ancient (Roman, Greek, or Egyptian) oil lamps. I didn’t see any of them working (electrified or not). I imagine … Continue reading

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Recoleta Cemetery: Bronze Sculptural Plaques

Without knowing much beyond the name, address, and reputation for super-coolness of the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, I made sure to find an art supply store on our way to buy a large roll of paper and some dense … Continue reading

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Recoleta Cemetery, Permanence and Decrepitude

The Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires is the final resting place of the city’s elite. Like Argentina, its fortunes have waned over the past few decades. It’s its decrepitude as much as its ceremonial pomp that makes it interesting to … Continue reading

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New and Native

Los Angeles classicists converged recently beneath the sturdy beams of the Spanish colonial clubhouse of the Beverly Hills Women’s Club to hear Gamble House Director Ted Bosley talk about the Craftsman architecture of Southern California. The Gamble House in Pasadena, … Continue reading

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It’s a good time to be a classicist in Los Angeles

It’s a good time to be a classicist in Los Angeles. Especially next week. The Institute of Classical Architecture & Arts So Cal has two great programs in the Los Angeles area next week. On Tuesday evening the studious amongst … Continue reading

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The LA Conservancy’s Interactive Historic Places Map

The LA Conservancy does amazing work to preserve the architectural history of this youth-obsessed metropolis. They recently launched a fantastic interactive map on their website that guides the curious to over 500 historically significant buildings in the greater Los Angeles … Continue reading

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