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This is the grave of Mary Colter. Born to a reasonably well-off family in Pittsburgh in 1869, Colter’s family moved around a bit when she was a child, first to Colorado and then to Minnesota, where they settled in St. Paul. Mary Colter became fascinated with Native cultures from the time she was a girl. […]

Capsule Tower

On April 10, 2022

This building is amazing and an object lesson in how not maintaining our modernist masterpieces are going to lead them to all fall apart very soon. Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower, designed by 20th-ce

I love this story so much. It’s the most New Gilded Age story possible. “Absolutely stunning” is how the University of California, Santa Barbara, described plans for Munger Hall, a towering residence hall for more than 4,500 students that was designed by Charles T. Munger, a billionaire and an executive of Berkshire Hathaway. But Dennis […]
This is the grave of Cass Gilbert. Born in 1859 in Zanesville, Ohio, Gilbert was named for Lewis Cass, one of the truly reprehensible politicians of the antebellum years, a doughface’s doughface. Well, you can’t help being named for someone like that. Anyway, Gilbert grew up pretty well off. His father was a Civil War […]
This is the grave of Calvert Vaux. Born in London in 1824, this son of a doctor was trained as an architect from a young age. Specifically, he was placed under the tutelage of Lewis Nockalls Cottingham, who helped lead this movement. He worked under Cottingham until 1850. That year, he decided to make his […]
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