Boston’s Timeless Architecture

by Bailey Mcgrath

Having grown up right outside of Boston, I’ve always understood that all of the buildings around me are part of history, and some are the oldest architecture in the country. A fair amount of the homes in my hometown have small plaques next to their house number that read the years that they were built. The entir... Read More


More than a Reading Room

by Rachel C.

With the Industrial Revolution (literally) gaining speed throughout the US and Europe, the mid-1800s ushered in a new era of architectural expectation, design, and construction. French architect Henri Labrouste embraced the technical and architectural questions of this era and essentially redefined modern architecture ... Read More


Parma's Teatro Farnese

by Thomas A. Kligerman

My recent trip to Italy led me to the city of Parma, as I retraced portions of Sir John Soane’s Grand Tour (1778-80)... He had two years to do it- I barely had two months! While I was in Parma, I came upon a massive and looming building at the edge of the Parma River. Nothing on its exterior prepared me for what ... Read More


American Academy in Rome

by Thomas A. Kligerman

So I am heading to Rome. Looking up at the Pantheon to the 27 ft diameter oculus. The American Academy will be my home for the next six weeks where I will be a Visiting Scholar. The sabbatical will afford me the time to pursue a number of things besides time to reflect.  Coffers in the dome of the Pantheon. T... Read More


A Tale of Two Houses; London and Paris

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Humans invent things--it's just the way we are.  We use new technologies all they time and they open up new possibilities and things we haven't considered before. Soane's house on Lincoln's Inn Fields. But sometimes our ideas outstrip available technology, and solutions to new ideas are found with previous ge... Read More


TEFAF New York

by Mia Jung

This week I had the opportunity to go to the The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) at the Park Avenue Armory.  Normally the fair is held in Maastricht, one of the oldest Dutch cities known for its medieval architecture, and draws up to 75,000 visitors. This year, TEFAF brings two spin off fairs to New York.  The firs... Read More


Boston Public Library

by Thomas A. Kligerman

View of the Boston Public Library from across Copley Square. My back is to H.H. Richardson's Trinity Church... but that's another story. The other week I had the opportunity to spend a day in the Boston Public Library.  I hadn't been there since I was an architecture student longer ago than I care to remember.The ... Read More


Happy Birthday Mr. President: A Tribute Trip to TJ

by Sara Frantz

Presidents, they're everywhere. If the election's got you down and you couldn’t snag tickets to see Hamilton the musical this weekend, this could provide just the right pinch of "kosher for a dinner party" politics.For those of you who have yet to visit our office, this bust of Jefferson sits fittingly in the ot... Read More


From the Library: An Architecture Book in time for Easter Weekend

by Thomas A. Kligerman

It’s so important to remember to look up. To me the most important part of a building is the ceiling and there’s rarely been a book on ceilings as beautiful as David Stephenson’s Visions of Heaven: The Dome in European Architecture published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2005.  Following his firs... Read More


Soane's Bank of England: Back from the Wrecking Ball

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Sir John Soane's Bank of England, Tivoli Corner.New Yorkers are acutely aware of the destruction of McKim Mead & White's Pennsylvania Station.  The loss of New York's grandest train station and arguably its most important classical building has forever altered the way the city conceives of its historic landmarks.... Read More


Three Mesas

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Plateaus, tablelands, promontories. I grew up calling them mesas – the flat topped hills with steep ledges, set high above the rest of the landscape. A couple years in the Southwest solidified my interest in their strange forms, and as a kid who was fascinated by buildings, it helped that some of architecture’s oldest, ... Read More


Guess who's coming to dinner (Or, some thoughts on Stanford White)

by Thomas A. Kligerman

You can have dinner with three famous people, dead or alive. Who would you choose? For as long as I can remember, I’ve answered that one of my guests would be Stanford White. White was an absolutely brilliant architect, delineator, artist; he was a designer-of-all-things, with seemingly infinite creativity. He was al... Read More