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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Vision in Spring Green, Wisconsin: Taliesin

My first Frank Lloyd Wright experience was shortly after college, when my mother and I visited Fallingwater, the iconic house he designed for Edgar Kaufmann, and Wright’s nearby Kentuck Knob, both in rural southwest Pennsylvania. I’ve since returned to both sites, my enchantment with the Read More

A Process with Possibilities: Avoiding Demolition in a Local Historic District

Buildings, like people, evolve, grow, and even shrink. Of course, this cycle of change happens to buildings through the actions of people. Inaction, commonly referred to in its final phase as “demolition by neglect” also acts as an agent of change on a historic building. Read More

Confession of a Weary Traveler

Traveling, it seems, does not do much for my productivity. I enjoyed my time in Chicago tremendously, but my intention to publish a blog post a day for Preservation Month took a severe blow…forcing me to admit that committing to that lofty goal doesn’t actually Read More

“B” is for Bay Window and Bracket: An Alphabet Soup of Architectural Terms, Part 2

I really should be moving on to the letter “C,’ but there are so many delicious architectural terms that begin with “B” that I wanted to talk about two more: bay windows and brackets. A bay window is a window that projects from the outside Read More

Community Hub: The Hardcastle Store, Warren County, Kentucky

When the news media reports a winning lottery ticket, my imagination shifts into overdrive. My plans for my imaginary lottery spoils include buying up lots of farmland for preservation, endowing numerous non-profits, and buying my own country store (adjacent to my farm, of course). In Read More

What Exactly is the National Register of Historic Places?

I have a confession to make. Although we are in a “new media” age, I remain dedicated to newspapers, and everyday, as I have for years, I read the comics – all of them. I was not expecting the melodramatic and long-running Rex Morgan, M.D. Read More

The Abandoned Commercial District of Dover, Mason County, Kentucky

The evocative nature of abandoned houses permeated my childhood. I spent countless hours exploring forgotten houses on our farm, spinning stories in my head, and brandishing a dust rag at the curtains of cobwebs. Cleaning, I suppose, was my way to bring order to rooms Read More

St. Paul AME Church, Apalachicola, Florida

A true vacation for me, one in which I completely relax, can only be at the beach. I find, though, that I prefer the lazy rhythm of days walking on the sand,  swimming, and copious amounts of reading, to occasionally be peppered with a bit Read More

Rosehill: A Greek Revival Gem in Richmond, Kentucky

The American Revolution was not only a political liberation, but a cultural one too – and I think the best way to visualize that cultural revolution is to look at the architecture produced in this country during the 19th century. The classical world was put Read More

Happy National Public Gardens Day!

My mother remarked earlier this week that Kentucky was experiencing “locust winter.” The recent cold snap has caused me to fret over my tomatoes (safely in containers, so I can cover them up if need be) and wonder when the sun would return. According to Read More