CRYSTAL PALACE: HISTORY OF IRON

Fire burned down architect Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace. It was built in London’s Hyde Park to house The Great Exhibition of 1851, the first all glass and iron modular structure built at the time of the Industrial Revolution. U Tube Crystal Palace fire:...

MARCH OF THE PAST: ST. AUGUSTINE

The Casa Monica Hotel, its history and culture flaunts the visitor to St. Augustine, Florida, where the city is celebrating the past 450 years. The Spanish founded it in 1513, but by1564 the French took over, only to step back in1565 when the Spanish arrived again....

BARN CONVERSIONS

Raise your hand if you live in a converted barn. Not a new house that’s made to look like a barn, but an old nineteenth or early twentieth century converted barn. The old post and beam construction. I have some images for you to peruse. The first one is my...

THE DELIGHTS OF DESIGN: 17th CENTURY ENGLAND

Cromwell was not a hero, but he is known for his religious fanaticism and his influence that changed England from industrial and artistic growth to stagnation. Charles I, the King and Cromwell’s adversary, was tried and executed in 1649. The English civil war...

TRABEATED, STONES AND THRONES

You are looking at Upper Egypt on the banks of the Nile River, with its ruins of the Temple Amon, built by King Tut after he took the throne, ca.1332BC-1323BC in the conventional chronology. The ruins, excavated in the 20th century, are huge, though nothing remains of...

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