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Category Archives: Architecture

Dispatch from Sodom Northwest

  HEATHER writes: In reading your post on Rainbow Tyranny, I thought I might relate some things that my family has recently experienced after moving from Tennessee to Seattle. Rainbow flags are everywhere.  Even the banners on the lightposts that most cities put up for 4th of July and what-not are advertising the gay pride […]

The Victorian Legacy in San Francisco

    JANE S. writes: San Francisco plays up its Victorian heritage for all it’s worth. Victoriana is big business there. The word “Victorian” always means something good whenever it’s applied to buildings or Christmas cards or pastries. Victorian architectural treasures are lovingly restored and endlessly photographed. There are Victorian house tours, Victorian fairs, Victorian […]

More on Carl Larsson

  MEREDITH writes: It pained me to read that some of the Swedish painter Carl Larsson’s critics questioned the happiness of that family, and called him a hypocrite.  What rot!  And how wonderful that he had such a family and a haven to retreat to, as all men should.  It allowed him to go on, and continue to paint, […]

The Home of Carl and Karin Larsson

  THE SWEDISH PAINTER Carl Larsson created one of the Europe’s most beloved visions of domestic harmony. Dozens of Larsson’s watercolors and paintings featured his immediate surroundings: his wife, Karin; their children, their house and the countryside near Sundborn, the village where they lived in the late nineteenth century. A son confined to a chair in punishment, the children diving into the river, two daughters getting dressed with […]

Homes on Three Continents

  MR. T. writes: I have been reading your delightful blog for many months, but this is my first comment. Your post and thread on small houses resonated deeply with me. I grew up in the U.S.A., in a medium-sized house, but have lived most of my adult life in Hong Kong. Property here is […]

The Skyscraper and Multiculturalism

  AT HER blog Camera Lucida, Kidist Paulos Asrat has an interesting post on the skyscraperization of Toronto. She argues that banal modern architecture is an inevitable result of the loss of Toronto’s ethnic and racial identity.

‘Terrible is This Place’

    The state of ecclesiastical architecture is abysmal and is not likely to become non-abysmal anytime soon. The most beautiful churches in America and Europe were created in places and times where entire communities were united behind a single building project, a collective monument to the sacred. Neither the cathedral at Chartres or the more austere white steepled churches of New England were the efforts of cafeteria-style […]