Emperor Justinian 1 (Justinian the Great) Architectural Influence

Intro My intent for writing this post is to enlighten you on what I found thought provoking about the history of Justinian the Great, specifically a look into his architectural influence during his Byzantine Empire. Before we get into the in-depth historical lens, lets first put ourselves into perspective. Think about the greatest contemporary architecture today, probably a skyscraper of some sort....

Michelle Obama’s Underprivileged Childhood Home

Michelle Obama was born on January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Princeton University, graduating cum laude in 1985, and went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. Following law school, she worked at a Chicago law firm, where she met her husband, President Barack Obama. The couple married on October 3, 1992....

Architectural Gem: Barcelona Pavilion in Barcelona Spain

The Barcelona or German Pavilion located in Barcelona Spain was designed and created for the 1929 International Exposition. Originally the building was constructed to be up only temporarily, yet being made of permanent materials such as golden onyx, green and blue marble, chrome, glass, and travertine; the building lasted for a while until it was demolished. In the 1980s it...

The 10 Most Overlooked Women in Architecture

By Nicky Rackard, Arch Daily (Read the original story here) Looking back on architectural history, you could be forgiven for thinking that women were an invention of the 1950’s, alongside spandex and power steering – but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Big names like Le Corbusier, Mies, Wright and Kahn often had equally inspired female peers, but the rigid...

Victorian Architecture Influence Worldwide

Victorian Architecture refers to the era the Queen Victoria had power between 1830-1910. Victorian architecture has been admired because of it detailed beauty. Many architects of today envy the Victorian style, but are never able to completely recapture the style therefore many resort to rehabbing old houses. It seems as though architecture of the Victorian era just put together...

All About Obama’s House in Chicago

// // President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, own this home in the Kenwood community area of Chicago. It is situated in the 5000 block of South Greenwood. They paid $1.65 million for the Georgian-style home quickly after he became a senator in 2005. Adress: 5046 South Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL

Symbolism of the Eiffel Tower

Paris Peace sign
Towers have evolved throughout history and cultural development and remain standing tall in the current age. They are our memories and a symbol of a future filled with hope and promise for all. There is no limit to how high we can build and travel as a society. After the Paris Attacks, Jean Jullien desired to capture solidarity among the...

Statue of Liberty Neoclassical Architecture, New York

The Statue That Represents America The Statue of Liberty, located in New York, is well known around the world as an icon of freedom and opportunity in America. The statue takes on a Neoclassical style of architecture as a realistic appeal. The sculptor was Auguste Frederic Bartholdi, Structural Engineer: Gustave Eiffel and the pedestal was designed by Richard Morris Hunt....

Architecture of the Lincoln Memorial

A Special Memorial for a Special President The 99 foot monument dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, is not only just a tourist trap, it is an architectural wonder. The building may not seem that amazing from afar, but if you see the detail put into the building you will instantly be stunned. The memorial holds...

Sarah Jessica Parker’s New York Brownstone House

Sarah Jessica Park is an American celebrity most known for the main role on HBO's Sex and the City. She is a model, singer and actress. The 6,800 square foot townhouse is located in the Greenwich Village area of the Big Apple. Sarah Jessica Park and her husband Matthew Broderick purchased the property for $18.995 million. The listing in 2009 boasted 7 fireplaces, six...

The History and Architecture of the Flatiron Building (New York)

What Makes the Flatiron Building so Cool to This Day When built over 100 years ago the Flatiron building in New York was famous not for it's height but for its unique architecture, structure-wise. Ever since 1902 photographers and media in general depict the Flatiron Building as an iconic building of New York because there is no other building like...

The Rookery Building Atrium Chicago

Set in the core of Chicago’s financial area, at 209 South LaSalle Street, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s Rookery Building is a Chicago landmark, comprising of a bright and luminously articulated central light court remodeling by Frank Lloyd Wright. When completed in 1888, The Rookery was one of the most elegant and largest commercial buildings in Chicago, housing more than...

Elvis Presley’s Graceland

Elvis Presley  bought Graceland for his family. He let his parents, Gladys and Vernon by the house house with is budget of $100'000 on the criteria of it being a "farmhouse".  After Gladys died in 1958, it became too much for Presley while his step mother redecorated. Graceland became a place for Presly and his clan. Presley would watch his...

Pullman: Unique Historic Town in Chicago Neighborhood

Initially constructed to house workers of his railcar company, George Pullman’s model community is one of Chicago’s most unique neighborhoods. In its prime, this ‘town within a town’ had its own amenities catering to citizens of Pullman’s French-inspired row houses and colonnade apartments. Today, an information center and the country’s first African-American labor history museum serve visitors to this...

Abandoned Hospital Beelitz-Heilstätten Morgue, Berlin, Germany

This may just be the most beautiful abandoned hospital in the world. Actually, it is, according the officials at Urban Splatter. Urban explorers travel from all over The European countries to see and photograph the Beelitz-Heilstäten outside Berlin. Constructed in 1898 as a tuberculosis sanatorium, it was turned into a army hospital at the beginning of World War I. Adolf Hitler...

Richard Buckminster Fuller’s Architecture Influence

Buckminster Fuller is a historically famous architecture, scientist and inventor that is known for making 28 patents, authoring 28 books and he received 47 honorary degrees. His designs are revolutionary and still very present within today's architectural landscape. He is most famously known for his geodesic dome. The design consists of triangles that all interlock to spread the stress equally...

Presidential Palaces Around the World

An image shows 1000+ words. The following images represent the different architecture styles of the presidential/king/queen or whatever their official leader's house/palace or whatever you want to call it! Enjoy! // //

Most Famous Mosques Around the World

A mosque is a Muslim place of worship that is typically elaborate in architectural details. The following images are of the most famously known Mosques with breath-taking architecture. Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan   Al-Masjid Al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia   Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) in Istanbul, Turkey   Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan   Shrine of Hazrat Ali in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

Stalin’s Seven Sisters in Moscow

Stalin's Seven Sisters building is a nickname given to the building in Moscow Russia. The building is a prime example of Stalinist Architecture. The building was constructed in the prime of Stalin's power from 1947-1953. The building is also nicknamed the "Wedding Cake" because of it's tiered architecture. The architecture under Stalin's power was unique in that it typically...

Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) Rebuilt in Dresden Germany

The Frauenkirche was originally built in 1743 and designed by Dresden's city architect George Bähr. It was placed on the outskirts of town and was surrounded by a graveyard. The church entails Baroque architecture with dramatic curves and bold complex details. The most distinct feature of the church is the 96 meter tall dome, resembling a lot of Roman style architecture. Wikipedia stated...

5 Architectural Fails

Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Tacoma, WA The Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a suspension bridge that connected the port city of Tacoma, WA, with the Kitsap Peninsula. It was the third-longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened to the public on July 1, 1940, but it closed four months later after a spectacular collapse. The cause of the collapse was inadequate girders that were...

Examples of Art Deco in Architecture

Examples of Art Deco in Architecture The artistic/architectural era called art deco evolved from France after WWI. Technological advancements brought the demand for fast production where art deco became suitable. Art deco resembled luxury, and forward thinking. Bold shapes, colors, and intricate straight lines encase the art deco style. I hope for a revival of art deco because it is...

Buckingham Fountain Chicago Grant Park Design/History

Buckingham Fountain is a landmark located in Chicago, in the center of Grant Park. It was designed to allegorically resemble Lake Michigan. It was dedicated in 1927 and is one of the world's largest fountains. It is deprived from Rococo Wedding Cake design. Architects: Daniel Burnham, Edward H. Bennett If you want to visit the fountain, it is open daily from...

Roman Heritage in Algeria- Breath Taking Images of Timgad

// // Timgad (called Thamugas or Tamugadi in old Berber) was a Roman colonial town in the Aurès Mountains of Algeria, founded by the Emperor Trajan around AD 100. The full name of the town was Colonia Marciana Ulpia Traiana Thamugadi. Trajan commemorated the city after his mother Marcia, father Marcus Ulpius Traianus and his eldest sister Ulpia Marciana. Located...