Historic colors can be contentious. One of the biggest misnomers about historic preservation regulation is that homeowners will be restricted in paint color. While this is true in some places via local ordinances, it is not true for National Register properties or many local historic districts (including those in Marblehead, MA, and Oak Park, IL).… Read More Early American Houses: Why so Dark?
Happy Holidays! In honor of the season, I’m sharing some photographs from the Gold Coast neighborhood in Chicago. It’s one of my favorite neighborhoods for exploring architecture. It is home not just to the National Historic Landmark Charnley-Persky House (above), but the entire Astor Street Historic District. The Gold Coast sits between Lincoln Park and Streeterville,… Read More December Decor in the Gold Coast
Edgartown, MA, sits on the eastern coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Its clustered houses all look toward the water and in the center of town you can catch the Chappy Ferry—a “three-car, three-minute” ferry to Chappaquiddick Island. Where Oak Bluff’s is Queen Anne style and colorful (more on that in this post), Edgartown is whitewashed and… Read More Edgartown, MA, and the Blue Porch Ceiling
Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect amidst a lot of material innovation, and finding new ways to use these materials was one of his strong suits. Just look at all of his work with concrete, from Unity Temple to the fascinating Ennis House in LA. Wright’s early career was developing at the same time as… Read More A Journey in the Art Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright
Chicago and the surrounding neighborhoods know how to decorate, and the snow arrived just in time for Christmas. To celebrate the holiday, I’ve rounded up some views of Chicago’s neighborhoods dressed for the season. Make sure to check back on Sunday for my Best of 2017–just in time to herald in the new year!… Read More Happy Holidays
Now that October is in full swing and I’ve been admiring the decorated front porches around Chicago, I thought it would be fun to team up with Deb Cohen from the Front Door Project (check out her beautiful Instagram here) and feature some of her favorite front doors in Connecticut, a state that really knows how… Read More Front Doors of Fall