Category Archives: Travel

Raven Rock State Park

Raven Rock State Park is located near Lillington, NC ¬†along the Cape Fear river, at the “fall zone”, where the foothills meet the coastal plain. There are hiking trails and camping sites available, as well as a recently constructed nature … Continue reading

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Johnson Wax Building

Around 2001 I visited the Johnson Wax headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and, if it isn’t obvious by this photograph, the natural lighting in the space is amazing. Completed in 1939, the building structure is formed … Continue reading

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House Creek Greenway Trail

The House Creek portion of the Raleigh greenway system was recently opened, linking the Reedy Creek trail to the Crabtree Valley trail. It is an important connection along the greenway and allows some nice distances to be traveled along the … Continue reading

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Buildings by Marlon Blackwell

Architect Marlon Blackwell heads the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas as well as runs a practice in Fayetteville. I had the pleasure of visiting his practice and a few of his projects over the summer. … Continue reading

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Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans

During a recent trip to New Orleans we rode through the lower 9th Ward which was washed out during flooding caused by hurricane Katrina in 2005. There are many empty lots, a few abandoned houses that sustained damage but are … Continue reading

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Thorncrown Chapel

I’ve wanted to visit Thorncrown Chapel since first catching a segment on the nightly news back in the late eighties about architect Fay Jones. I finally had a chance to see it this summer while on a driving trip out … Continue reading

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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

I’ve probably been to a North or South Carolina Beach almost every summer of my life, so I’ve seen the development and changes that have occurred over the last 40 years. There hasn’t been much “progress”, but lots of development. … Continue reading

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Kimball Art Museum

The Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, designed by architect Louis Kahn, is considered by many architects as one of the best examples of modern architecture in the United States. Natural light enters at the top of the barrel … Continue reading

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Andy and Ando

I’ve been reading up on Warhol and other Pop artists, and happened to also complete a southern tour that included a handful of art museums. The museum curatorial world is fascinating. Every major art museum has a few of all … Continue reading

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North Carolina State Capitol Building

The North Carolina Capitol building no longer houses the General Assembly, but the governor’s offices are still in the south wing, and it is located directly in the center of downtown Raleigh. The building is set up mostly as a … Continue reading

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