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?
Donner Pass, just west of the California and Nevada border, is perhaps best known in history for the Donner Party and today for its large ski community. The area, however, has a rich and varied history, much of which is easily visible from the Old Donner Donner Pass Road. Donner Pass has petroglyphs visible just… Read More California’s Chinese Wall
The Chicago Water Tower is a welcome, Gothic Revival surprise amidst the towering glass skyscrapers of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. The building was completed in 1869 and has the appearance of a sandcastle with its yellow-toned, turreted design. The Water Tower and accompanying pumping station located across Michigan Avenue are not only unique physically but have… Read More Chicago’s Water Tower: Five Facts
On one of my recent visits to Reno, Nevada, I put aside a morning to visit all the Paul Revere Williams buildings I could find. Williams (1894-1980) is best known for his work in Los Angeles, where he designed hundreds of private and commercial buildings and became an architect for Hollywood, including celebrities like Frank… Read More Searching for Paul Revere Williams in Reno, Nevada
McKinley Park School is a recognizable feature to those who frequent Reno’s riverwalk. The Mission Revival beauty sits just west of Wingfield Park, with its central tower and two welcoming wings facing the Truckee River. McKinley Park School, built in 1909, is one of a quartet of Mission Revival style schools in Reno from the… Read More Reno’s Mission Revival Quartet of Schools
The Fleischmann Planetarium is at once assuring and daring in its construction. The sides taper and hold fast to the ground like two anchors while the ends arch up, the front seeming to defy gravity and directing the gaze up, up to the roof and up to the sky. The shape and curves are fitting… Read More The Building That Reached for the Stars
There’s been a brief haitus over here (slightly less of one if you follow me on Insta or Twitter), but I’m here! I was in Chicago last week and happened across the Dewes House while in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. I planned a trek to the Dewes House when I was in Chicago last spring, but… Read More Building Feature: Francis J. Dewes House, Chicago