Category Archives: Architecture

Spongebob Would Feel Right at Home, More on the Shedd Aquarium

After exhausting the possibilities of the front rooms of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and pestering the staff for more information on the fixtures (they had none) and on any other old, original parts of the building (“this is it”), … Continue reading

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Spongebob Would Feel Right at Home – Nudibranches

I had a few hours between meetings to explore the Shedd Aquarium, part of Chicago’s lakefront neoclassical cultural campus including also the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium. The Shedd was conceived by John G. Shedd, designed by architect Philip … Continue reading

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Twas the fortnight before Christmas…

Twas the fortnight before Christmas and I had the New York architect Alan Wanzenberg on the brain. Alan and I have known each other for a decade or so and over that time Remains has been lucky to contribute to … Continue reading

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HEARST BUILDING SAN FRANCISCO

The Hearst Building (as in William Randolph, American publisher of note) in San Francisco was built in 1910 and remodeled in 1937. The remodel was designed by Julia Morgan who also designed Heart’s “castle” San Simeon. I stopped by recently … Continue reading

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Chas. J. Weinstein and The Loew’s Kings Theater in Brooklyn

I got a call from a friend of mine who’s bidding on the restoration of one of the massive old movie palaces in New York City. The Loew’s Kings Theater opened in Brooklyn in 1929 with marble, crystal, velvet, and … Continue reading

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Pumpkins and Lanterns at Van Cortlandt Manor

Alix and I dragged the kids up to Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton on Hudson recently to see their annual pumpkin extravaganza. Aside from this hilarious seasonal confection, I diligently documented a few lights on the 18th Century house, lovely … Continue reading

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Contemporary Classical: The Architecture of Andrew Skurman

When David Calligeros and I were in San Francisco around this time last year, we stopped in on our friend architect Andrew Skurman. Andy was just wrapping up work on his new book Contemporary Classical, and he shared with us … Continue reading

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Chrysler Building Sconce

“I want you to have this thing, you’ll do something fun with it.” So far I’ve disappointed my friend Jo, who got this relic when she designed and ran the controversial and celebrated restoration of the Chrysler building lobby in … Continue reading

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