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...

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....

Taj Mahal, Finest Mughal Architecture, India

The Taj Mahal is by far the finest example of Mughal Architecture. The Taj Mahal is covered in fine white marble, and is a mausoleum. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in remembrance of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is recognized around the world as a key to Muslim art within India. Mughal architecture is...

Is a Fixer Upper Right For You?

Fixing up old homes can bring joy and feeling of accomplishment, but for some it can turn into a real disaster. Your result will depend on a few factors. If you love old homes and the unique charm that comes with them then fixing up one should be right for you. It is obvious that if you prefer a...

Beautiful Boston Skyline Photos

A City With Much Pride: Boston Boston, Massachusetts is the capital of Massachusetts and the largest city in what is known as New England. Boston is one of America's most historic cities as areas nearby were where America's founders landed centuries ago. Boston is an icon today for many reasons, including its architecture, pride, and amazing schools. Some of the schools Boston is...

The History and Architecture of The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in France composed of massive latticework structure. It is located in the heart off Paris, France. It is a landmark visited today by thousands of tourists and visitors to Paris. The Eiffel Tower: An Architecture Marvel The Eiffel Tower was built for the Paris Exposition of 1889. It had originally been built to be temporary, but it was...

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...

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...

10 Historic Theaters Facing Tear-Downs

The Theatres Trust has added 10 new arts venues to its theatre buildings at risk register for 2013, which features 48 buildings in all, many in extreme disrepair and at risk of demolition from development proposals. Local campaign groups continue to fight for their survival, restoration and return to use as community spaces.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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...

Lady Gaga Purchases Mansion in Scotland (Pictures)

Lady Gaga purchase of her new house is belated because of her continuous on the road lifestyle. She splurged on this megamansion just a couple years ago. Modern celebrity Lady Gaga has allegedly bought Yester House, a 17th century mansion near Gifford in East Lothian in Scotland - much to the bewilderment of local inhabitants!  The 60 room mansion and...

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...

Controversal Destruction of Lanthrop Public Housing Chicago

History During the lowest points of the Great Depression livable affordable housing was in high demand. During this time federal government decided to build a much needed public housing project near the Northwest area of Chicago in 1938. At this time segregation was still in effect leaving the projects to only white citizens. Later on the area became one of the most...

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...

The Marshall Fields Building Chicago Architecture

Overall Structure Although the building seems to be one complete building, its actually 5 separate ones blinded together seamlessly. The original building was burnt in the Chicago fire, so Fields occupied another building which also burnt down. Fields opened again in 1879, he them kept acquiring buildings until he took up the entire block. The lady that...

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....

Wright’s Glencoe Subdivision Markers are Crumbling

One of the most unique details at Frank Lloyd Wright's Ravine Bluffs subdivision in Glencoe is in need of some significant Tender loving care. The subdivision, which includes six Wright-designed houses and three boldly sculpted markers of poured concrete, was built in 1915 for developer Sherman Booth. But Chicago's brutal climate has taken its toll on the markers, aided by...

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...

A Different view of Church Ceilings (Panoramas)

Photographer- Richard Silver takes us on a tour of magnificently designed church ceilings around NYC. Each photo is a vertical panorama consisting of 6-10 photos stitched together. Capturing from the pew to the exit door and back again, the mind-blowing 180-degree view wonderfully captures the delicate detail and design of each church’s ceiling.

Castle on the Market: Humewood Castle- Ireland

KILTEGAN, IRELAND 15 bedrooms 18 bathrooms 46,200 SQ. FT. $10.1 MILLION In 1867 a wealthy Irish landowner enlisted English ecclesiastical architect William White to construct on his family real estate. The outcome was an enormous castellated mansion—constructed in the Victorian type out of granite—with towers, gables, and spires begging for a cameo in a period drama. // // Property Values: Distributed across the around 427-acre...

Ponte Vecchio Florence, Italy

The Ponte Vecchio Bridge (Old Bridge) was constructed in 1345 over the Arno Rive in Florence, Italy. As you can see from the images, the bridge is very unique. Currently, the bridge consists of small businesses such as jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers. Fun Facts It was said that the economic concept of bankruptcy originated on the bridge, when a merchant could not pay...

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! // //

The Castles of FRANCE

It amazes me that all of these historic castles still exist today. Castles brings you back to the medieval times. Fighting dragons and Shrek! It is quite  popular now-a days to incorporate the castle look into people homes. Who doesn't want to live in a Castle? // //

The Chicago Federal Building Was Replaced By a Black Box

The Chicago Federal Building in Chicago, Illinois was built between 1898 and 1905 for the function of housing the midwest's federal legal courts, primary post office, and other government offices. It stood in The Loop area on a block surrounded by Dearborn, Adams and Clark Streets and Jackson Boulevard. After construction was complete, more than $2,000,000 remained for interior decoration...