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Wild wood Scottish palace

Here’s a passage from Three Sisters, Three Queens, Philippa Gregory’s historical novel set in Tudor England and, mainly, Scotland that unfolds – or unravels – as Henry VIII breaks with the pope over annulling his marriage to Katherine of Aragon … Continue reading

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Stern’s 250 W81st tops out

Robert A. M. Stern’s latest Manhattan apartment building at 250 West 81st St., on a corner of Broadway, recently topped out. That means the top of the building’s steel structure of girders has been achieved. It is 209 feet tall, … Continue reading

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“White tower with curves”

Providence awaits its “white tower with sculptured curves.” That’s how developer Jason Fane, of New York City, now envisions his “iconic” building of 46 stories (no pics yet) as described to Providence Journal reporter Mark Reynolds in “Land sale gets … Continue reading

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Frank Gehry’s H.M.S. Foggy

Not sure why I’ve decided to inflict on readers this old post from October 2015 on the day before the day before Christmas. It came to mind after a reader, intent on humoring me or torturing me, sent me a … Continue reading

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Trad and not so trad

An architectural designer with a background in preservation and traditional design, who asked to be posted anonymously, joins a host of commenters criticizing my praise for Stan Weiss’s interior design. They include Eric Daum, Seth Joseph Weine, Nikos Salingaros, Patrick … Continue reading

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Another totally giftable book

Lost Providence, by yours truly, would make a great gift for anyone keen on the history of Providence, the blessing of traditional architecture, or the bane of modern architecture. Or, dear reader, get it for yourself. Most bookstores in Providence … Continue reading

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Pavilions of Lincoln Woods

There’s still time today, if you are in Rhode Island, to see the new pavilions at Lincoln Woods, the park in Lincoln, in the Blackstone River Valley north of Providence. Designed by Brewster Thornton Group Architects of Providence and erected … Continue reading

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NB: Corbu’s Villa d’Orgie

Nir Buras, whose Classic Planning blog I’ve just put on “Blogs I Follow,” and who is writing a major study on classical planning that has taken him around the world, reacted with a deft panache to my recent post on … Continue reading

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Preservation at Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture has offered a concentration in preservation since 2007, but last academic year (2016-17) it offered for the first time a masters program in historic preservation. The new program is led by the … Continue reading

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Antelope Freeway, 1/8 miles

The Journal reported yesterday that Rhode Island plans to renumber all of the exits on its state and federal highways to meet the latest U.S. standard, beginning with Route 295. The new numbering system would number exits not sequentially, with … Continue reading

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