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SWW on architecture.

I like beautiful things. Buildings are really big beautiful things. When I travel I always take note of architecture, which involves sensitivity to what you encounter as much as it does hunting for landmarks. Most of the buildings and environments are those I've witnessed first hand.
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An interior shot of the Chapel at Powell Gardens, east of Kansas City. Designed by E. Fay Jones and his associate Maurice Jennings. Jones extended Frank Lloyd Wright's 'Prairie School' style in harmonious, beautiful ways.

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A marvelous museum of modern/contemporary art, The Tate Gallery/Liverpool, built within the structure of the old Albert Docks in Liverpool, here creating a kind of cloisters. Excellent re-purposing of existing architectural space.

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You're forgiven for thinking I confuse architecture and travel. But the thing is, I think of them as companions. The Napoleon House in New Orleans is in some ways an unprepossessing building. But it fits its corner of the Quarter splendidly, with a faded elegance and glory. It's a great place to while away an afternoon with a drink or three, reveling in its dark, unkempt beauty.

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I've always loved the (not so) modestly gilded, art deco facade of Chicago's Union Carbide and Carbon building. It's brazen and refined at the same time. Today, I understand it's a Hard Rock Hotel - bit strange, but not entirely inappropriate. 230 N. Michigan.

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Stephen Holl's approach to the Nelson-Atkins addition frankly juxtaposes the classic elements of the original building with his own very contemporary design. But they flow beautifully, the new building undulating with the landscape, where the old building defined its setting. Somehow they complement remarkably.

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Another Kansas City beauty ... New York Life Building (1888-1890) designed by McKim, Mead and White in downtown Kansas City. - Urban architectural inventories change, sometimes swiftly, from decade to decade, but the New York Life building has been easy on my eyes from the days I first started exploring my second home in the early Seventies.

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The Italianate style in 19th century residential architecture has always been pleasantly striking to me. And this house at 1015 Tennessee St. in Lawrence, Kansas has sentimental value to me. It was the home of my good friend Mark Aronszajn; and when he and his father were in Paris for a summer it was my home. Awww. Oh yeah ... built in 1867 for some dude named Colonel Blood.

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My friend Judy lived in Frigiliana. Nestled in the mountains in southern Andalucia, just a few miles north of the sea. Cobbled walkways lead to whitewashed houses, shops, cafes, flowers decorating the way. Beautiful place.

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Testament to Frank Lloyd Wright's imperious, short man's vision of the world, but also of course his aesthetic and genius. A pleasant enough drive from Pittsburgh. Or Morgantown. And a remarkable visit.

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Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa designed the new home of the New Museum of Contemporary Art on the Bowery in New York. Stacked, striking, and home to often arresting exhibitions.

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