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Architecture Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: A spectacularly cushiony and lacy column capital from the 1899 Bayard-Condict Building, the only project that the legendary Chicago School architect Louis Sullivan ever built in New York City: Could that mofo draw or what? Intense training in drawing used … Continue reading

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Trendy Slang Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: Spotted recently at a NYC construction site: I’m surprised they weren’t able to find room for “artisanal” and “bespoke.”

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Architecture Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: New York City’s very grand 240 Centre Street. Finished in 1909, it was originally the headquarters of the New York City Police Department. It was converted to luxury condos in 1988, and is now commonly known as … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: Here’s a selection of snaps that I took during a recent visit to Phoenix’s wonderfully eccentric, handmade and wayward 18-room, three-level Mystery Castle. It seems like part hippie project, part Italian or Spanish hilltown house, part Southwest Indian … Continue reading

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Some Greek Revivals

Fenster writes: I grew up in New England, where there are plenty of Greek Revivals.  Some are more elaborate and use columns rather than just pediments.  Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood of Boston, has some very nice examples. As does Brookline … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: The midsection of the General Electric Building, a 50-story Deco/Gothic skyscraper built in 1931 and designed by the Beaux Arts-educated John W. Cross. It’s in Manhattan, at Lexington Ave. and 51st St. Related Read some more about … Continue reading

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Linkage

Paleo Retiree writes: Razib reads a book about Confucianism. Speaking of Eastern thinkers, I recently finished and loved Grant Hardy’s Great Courses lecture series about Asian intellectual history. I found it to be a near-ideal overview of a very large field: vivid and … Continue reading

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