Category Archives: Architecture

Copper Belly of the Buddha

The Brooklyn studio of Ursula von Rydingsvard is redolent of cedar. For more than 30 years she has been incising monumental cedar forms using a hand-wielded chainsaw. Wearing black pants and turtleneck, von Rydingsvard, 73, runs up and down a flight … Continue reading

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Strutting its Splendor

It’s spring, and one way to take in the flowering trees strutting their splendor is to walk, bike or drive through Princeton’s magnificent neighborhoods. This sport involves gazing at stately homes and imagining what it’s like to live in one. … Continue reading

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Intelligent Design

An economic downturn disrupted the American marketplace, and unemployment reached double digits. Urban dwellers retreated to the country, embracing a simple and moral work ethic, and sought a path to a better life by working on farms and making things … Continue reading

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Making a Splash

Visiting the newly restored pool house at Morven Museum and Garden, once the playground of Robert Wood Johnson, I started thinking about the man behind the name we have come to associate with medical schools, hospitals, and large charitable contributions. … Continue reading

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Buildings R Us

When railroad was the king of transportation, Beaux-Arts architects McKim, Mead and White designed a palace of a terminus in New York City. Acres of glass domes, arches and vaults, intersecting trusses and a colonnade of Doric columns evoked Roman … Continue reading

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Urban Visioner

Anton Nelessen is a noted urban visioner, but he is first and foremost an artist. “Eco City,” made from recycled computer and cell phone parts embedded in tar, is his vision for the future of cities. “I’m preserving the residue … Continue reading

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Sukkah City

I have been reading about Sukkah City, a gathering of 11 sukkahs in New York’s Union Square. Sukkahs are those wonderful structures made for eating outdoors in during the Jewish harvest festival, Sukkot. Traditionally made with sticks and twine, they … Continue reading

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Beauty in Imperfection

George Nakashima, Woodworker, will be commemorated Aug. 13 by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Nakashima Foundation for Peace with the dedication of an official Pennsylvania Historical Marker placed at 1847 Aquetong Road in New Hope. It was … Continue reading

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Last Chance in Merion

For years I’ve been writing that this may be the very last chance to see the Barnes Foundation collection in its original home in Merion, Pa., but it looks like this is really really that last chance. The Foundation’s website … Continue reading

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Moravian Tile and Pottery

Today, while cruising through Doylestown, Pa., I was reminded of a visit I made a few years ago to the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930) was a Renaissance man. Harvard educated, he was a historian, archaeologist, … Continue reading

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