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The British have nothing on the United States, as we have our own distinguished Middleton family who’ve made their mark through decades of American history.
Once in a great while, you stumble onto a story that is just so full of wonder and intrigue, that you have to share it. Enter Effie Brooks Theodate Pope Riddle, and the Hill-Stead mansion.
How many times have you heard the claim, Washington slept here? This time, it rings as true as the Liberty Bell! The Morris-Jumel Mansion has a storied past—one that includes war, courtesans, untimely death and high-profile divorce.
An enthralling read for any house enthusiast, The Architecture of Maritz & Young: Exceptional Historic Homes of St. Louis by Kevin Amsler and L. John Schott offers details of the lives and talents of the well-known dynamic duo architectural team.
St. Louis has a multitude of signature dishes associated with it. Alumni St. Louis, which opened earlier this year on the ground floor of the Park Pacific Building downtown, is putting its own unique spin on many of these favorites and elevating them--and the local dining scene--in the process.
Living in St. Louis, it is easy to become blasé about many of the significant historical events that are part of our extremely rich heritage. While the world today has been made smaller—and in many ways, less remarkable—due to technology, hearken back to a time when citizens had to really earn and work to be considered remarkable or big.
After years of eating only hybrid tomatoes, my first taste of an heirloom tomato eight years ago forever convinced me that hybrids no longer had a place on my plate. I was enlightened, to say the least. And so now with pork, according to Taste Network’s Brady Lowe, the founder of the Cochon 555 event (in St. Louis Aug. 25), it’s time to realize there is more to the pig, as well.
How wonderful to be able to build a 25,000-square-foot home that can be used as a presidential retreat, host the royal family or just entertain luminaries of the day. That is just what Walter (1908-2002) and Leonore (1918-2009) Annenberg did in Rancho Mirage, Calif., building what is arguably the most significant contemporary home in the 1960s.
According to Merriam-Webster, the word ‘atheneum’ means a building or room in which books, periodicals and newspapers are kept for use. The Greeks included ‘arts’ in their definition, as well. So if you connect both definitions, the word aptly describes the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Arts.
The height of this gallery in the Morgan allows art to be hung at many levels.
This building is the anchor for the art world in Hartford Connecticut.
A dynamic piece by Sol Lewitt (1928-2007) entitled Wall Drawing #1131 Whirls and Twirls 2004
A classic sculpture anchored by a reflecting pool juxtaposed against the contemporary surroundings marries the past and the present.
This Georgian-style brick home is now operated as a decorative arts and history museum. No other home in the region boasts this type of fine craftsmanship.
This is a story of a family home’s last surviving member, who set out to preserve his family’s example of a Victorian way of life to be enjoyed by others for years to come.
The shopping experience of a Parisian flea market is a different sort of antique exploration than the thrill and individual service a fine, independent antique shop offers.
Much attention has been focused on the multi-million-dollar ‘rebirth’ of The Cheshire, which, in addition to the renovated inn, is now home to four separate restaurant concepts. The vanguard eatery of the four is The Restaurant, which seemed as good a place as any for us to begin to rediscover the local landmark.
I proudly admit it: I am a Downton Abbey fan. More important, I am a fan of English architecture and design, and what better example is there than Highclere Castle, the historic home of the eighth Earl of Carnarvon and the inspiration behind the hit series?
Seeing the beautifully restored St. Louis Central Library following last month’s grand reopening reminded me of my years as a broadcast journalist, which involved—among other things—producing a weekly national radio program from a studio in Midtown. One of my monthly rituals was to visit the downtown library to peruse its extensive collection of classical and cinematic scores (on vinyl, cassette and CDs) for possible use on the show.
The original booklet for the City Library described it best: The main purpose of the building has been kept in mind throughout its planning and construction...that its purpose should be reflected in its architecture and that its plan should be adapted to its needs.
What are the odds that a grand plantation in St. Francisville, La., would have St. Louis connections? Well, in this instance, pretty good. Rosedown Plantation was built in 1835 by Daniel and Martha Turnbull and remained in their family for 120 years.
Recently, I crossed the pond to celebrate my 50th birthday with friends in Nice, France. For a day’s diversion, we drove to Cap Ferrat, considered the world’s second most expensive residential location after Monaco.
I hope everyone who reads this has had the opportunity to attend an event and create a memory at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. This year celebrates the 30th anniversary of the theater’s rebirth.
St. Louis has a long history of settlers coming to this city in the 18th and 19th centuries to find their fortune—and sometimes, fame.We have several home sites that have survived the wrecking ball of progress, including Campbell House, Eugene Field House, Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, Cupples House and the Lemp Mansion. I would like to add to that list a home that may not be on your radar, Hawken House in Webster Groves.
Design Rediscovered - Alan E. Brainerd