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American Grand Hotels of the Gilded Age

The American Grand Hotel Some of the greatest architectural treasures in American history were produced in the Gilded Age, including grand hotels, which would ultimately attract a certain social class and grand hotels are considered an American concept and invention. These grand hotels were … Continue reading

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The Rhythms of Life: Drenoc

Originally posted on The Runaway Bunny:
As I write this I’m sitting in the communal living room of an 18th century kulla, a traditional Ottoman-Albanian tower-house, in the small historical village of Drenoc in the west of Kosovo. The “guest…

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When a Library Is Reduced to Rubble, and Books Turned into Ash…

Zeina Elcheikh discusses the consequences of war on movable cultural heritage. “Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen” (Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings). When the German poet Henrich Heine … Continue reading

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What Do The Louvre and Fast Food Have in Common?

Originally posted on The Secret Knowledge of Spaces:
Your local fast food chain (Seattle). Everything has its history, including the roofline of your closest fast food restaurant. Fast food chain architecture seems to be streamlining now, cutting out decoration until nothing…

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Say Goodnight, Gracie

Originally posted on The Open Suitcase:
After touring Gracie Mansion post-Election Day, my immediate thought was, “If the de Blasios move in, I believe they’ll redecorate.” Situated on the East River at the intersection of 88th Street and East End…

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The Windows of Oberammergau, Germany

One of those posts filled with photos that I just had to share….

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Wall Paintings, Step by Step This wonderful post at Anita’s Feast details the process involved in creating wall paintings for Chhairo Gompa, Nepal. Volunteers with Restoration Works International have been helping restore the ancient monastery for several years. Adventures in … Continue reading

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