Octagon Houses And Utopian Dreams

Octagon Houses And Utopian Dreams

The winding staircase pictured above suggests it leads to the heavens, but it wasn’t designed to reach the stars; actually, it is a stairway to Utopia. It’s a beautiful example of why I like architecture. Architects have inventive ideas about how to rearrange space....
Portlandia, the icon that isn’t

Portlandia, the icon that isn’t

What would Wall Street be without its massive charging bull? Probably just another New York City street among the concrete canyon of gray skyscrapers. Michael Graves’s postmodernist Portland building stands out as a strong recognizable symbol in that city...
Postcards from Surreal Places

Postcards from Surreal Places

Last summer while I was traveling  in the Hudson Valley, NY and poking around in antique shops, I stumbled upon this 1986 tear-out book of postcards by Michael Langenstein.  The publisher’s (Dover)  note explains that the postcards combine world famous...
Inside Russel Wright’s Manitoga

Inside Russel Wright’s Manitoga

In my previous post, I focused on the grounds surrounding  Manitoga, Russel Wright’s garden. In this post, I’m taking you inside his house. Russel Wright (1904-1976) believed so strongly that Americans should find their own cultural identity through...