November 21, 2008

Robie House – Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted in Historical Sites tagged , , at 7:45 am by Kendal

th_robie1a Chicago, IL     Although constructed nearly a 100 years past, the house still stands for testament of modern design.  Frank Lloyd Wright brought a distinction to America design and the Robie House could be one of the most magnicifianct works created at the time.  Frank Lloyd worked exstensively with what is known as Praire design / Arts and Craft Style.  With clean lines and distinctive roof designs, Frank Lloyd has placed a mark on architecture and design for the rest to follow.

The Robie House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his client Frederick C. Robie, is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. Designed in Wright’s Oak Park studio in 1908 and completed in 1910, the building inspired an architectural revolution.

September 3, 2008

US Capital Building, Washington D.C.

Posted in Historical Sites tagged , , at 9:15 am by Kendal

US Capital Building Washington D.C.

Constructed in the late 1700s the capital building is one the most well known pieces of Architecture in the USA.  Seems it is on the front of at least one school book a child will experience. During the war of 1812 the capital building was set fire to by the British and had to be reconstructed.  Along the way the Capital Building has had many renovations and expansions.  It currently is in use by the US government.  The Capital building is open for tours to visitors on first come/first served basis.

Click on text below to read more about the US Capital Building.

The United States Capitol is among the most symbolically important and architecturally impressive buildings in the nation. It has housed the meeting chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate for two centuries. The Capitol, which was started in 1793, has been through many construction phases. It stands today as a monument to the American people and their governmen

August 30, 2008

Number One Observatory Circle, Vice President’s House

Posted in Historical Sites, Uncategorized tagged , , , at 11:05 pm by Kendal

Washington, DC

Since it is Election Time, I have decided to focus on only historic places that has to do with Presidents or Vice Presidents.

Number One Observatory is home to the Vice President during the time they serve in office.  The house is a Victorian Georgian Architecture that was constructed in the late 1800s.  The house was originally constructed for the superintendent of the observatory.  During the early 1900s the Chief of the Naval operations booted the superintendent from the house because he found it lovely and wanted to take up residence in the house.

Up till the 1970s the Vice Presidents maintained at their residence but the expense of providing and securing a different residence, some far from Washington became expensive, so the house was restored to its former glory to serve as the Vice Presidents home while serving.

Today on the house grounds the observatory is still in use and serving a person to monitor the moons, stars, and sun.

Wiki article here.

(America’s Castle and Treasures endorse Obama and Biden)

August 3, 2008

Elizabethton, Covered Bridge

Posted in Historical Sites at 6:26 pm by Kendal

Covered Bridge, Elizabethton Tennessee

In a small town that has some amazing 1700 architecture, is a covered bridge that is equally as old.  This is one of the best perserved covered bridges in the USA and a delight to look at.  It still stands today with all its wood skeleton still holding it erect for you to walk across.  I remember the days  when you could still drive across it, but now it is under protection and reserved only for walking.

Every year there is one grande festival in this small town that celebrates the bridge (The Covered Bridge Festival)  

The bridge has always held many memories for people in this area.  Next to the bridge is  a lovely park with a large fountain.  The old court house in its Georgian Style Glory still stands with a little jail right beside it.  A huge round about with a a monument in the center (resembles the washington monument)

FYI:

1. A little secret known only to the locals, there is one of the best swimming holes just on the other side of the bridge.

2. The little town has just recently added liquor by the drink so there is a few bars and grill.

3. There are a few 50s style diners in town.

4. Natural Parks, Lakes and plenty of activties surround this area.

http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/bridges/existing/Elizabethtonbridge.htm

May 23, 2008

Carson Mansion

Posted in Historical Sites, Musem/Art/Other at 12:57 am by Kendal

Eureka, California

When I think of Victorian Architecture, I think of elaborate bow windows, towers, gingerbread trim, wrap around porches, odd shapes and unusual roof line; the Carson Mansion is one house that leaves me nothing else to describe as my thoughts was full filled.

This is said to be one of the most photographed houses in California, if not the USA or the world, as with all this trim and well maintained who would not want to keep it as a memory.

To find out more please follow this link below.

(This house is owned as I understand by a private club that sometimes opens it as tours, the best way to see this home is probably to contact the heritage society by following the web address below)

http://www.eurekaheritage.org/the_carson_mansion.htm

 

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