Recreational Residences

by Tyler Velten

As we pack our station wagons and stow the sunscreen, many Americans are heading to a forest for one final summer adventure. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that there are nearly 7.5 million second family homes in the U.S. Predictably, the highest concentration of these homes is situated in or ... Read More


Mechelen Patershof Hotel

by Dora Dmitriev

Built by the Franciscan monks in 1867, the "Paterskirk" in Mechelen, Belgium looks like an ordinary church- which is what I thought it was prior to entering. As I walked in I was greeted by a doorman ready to take my suitcase.Street view of Martin's PatershofIn 2009 the Paterskirk church opened as a 4-star hotel k... Read More


Miami Art and Architecture

by Ashley Walton

Having studied architecture at the University of Miami, I tend to find myself coming back to the area every so often...any chance I get, really! This spring, I took a few days to escape down to explore a little bit of Miami Beach and Wynwood.Miami Beach- Ocean DriveWe started off the trip with a bike ride through ... Read More


Putting the Cart Behind the Horse

by Molly Denver

A few years ago, we got a book for Christmas, "Journeys of a Lifetime" put out by National Geographic.  Whenever we leaf through, we find ourselves feeling an acute wanderlust.  We decided to experience one of those journeys firsthand by renting a horse and caravan in Wicklow County, Ireland.The idea of ... Read More


Le Corbusier Pilgrimage

by Doug Crisp

During the late summer of 2016 I took an architectural pilgrimage of sorts, tracing some of the pivotal works of Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. 15th century chateau in Trélissac.Noted as one of the founding fathers of Modernist architecture, Corbusier’s works were in startling opposition to the popula... Read More


A Tribute to Paul Revere Williams

by Samantha Herzog

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to pay a special tribute to architect Paul Revere Williams.  Beverly Hills Hotel ExteriorHis granddaughter Karen E. Hudson wrote Paul R. Williams, Architect; A Legacy of Style – a biography and survey of his work, and a favorite in our IKB library.  Be... Read More


Off the Grid: Mohonk Mountain House

by Margie Lavender

There's a magical place right outside New York City. Lake Mohonk Mountain House. Albert Smiley purchased a small inn and 280 acres of land in 1869, and expanded on the historic resort hotel until 1910.  It sits on the Shawangunk Ridge, on the western side of the Hudson River.Smiley continually expan... Read More


A Cuban Moment

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Over the holiday break, I went on a Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation trip to Cuba with a dozen friends to look at art and architecture. Since my last visit four years ago, things have change subtly. The art scene is exploding, there are more restaurants and the food has improved.  Apart from that, however, not much h... Read More


Where the Boys Are

by Joel Barkley

My first time in Fort Lauderdale was in the hot, lonely off season of August 1987. A twenty year old with a free weekend, I was expecting “Where the Boys Are” with Connie Francis. The 1960 film was glamorous spring break nirvana, with lots of frugging teenagers. I didn’t find it, nearly three decades after they f... Read More


Buenos Aires, Scotland: the Estancia Villa Maria

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Back in cold and rainy New York, it’s strange to think that only a couple days ago I was in sunny Buenos Aires for the annual Leaders of Design Council conference.But traveling North-South will do that to you. After an eleven hour flight, the timezone only changes one hour, but the season changes completely (and so does t... Read More


Lost Paradise

by Ross Padluck

Ross Padluck, Associate at Ike Kligerman Barkley, guest blogs this week. He is the author of Catskill Resorts: Lost Architecture of Paradise.I’ve long been fascinated by the beauty and mystery of abandoned buildings. They’ve become a hobby of mine, and I've photographed and written extensively about them. One place that... Read More


A Ponti Pilgrimage

by John Ike

Last week I again found myself out of town; but this trip I was much further from home, and I was much more prepared for my accommodations. I was in Naples (which I loved, from its tiny latterie to the huge, fascist post office) on a Sir John Soane’s Museum trip, but found a moment to steal away to pay homage to the exube... Read More