Nineteenth Century High Victorian Gardens
Garden and Landscapes / History / International

Nineteenth Century High Victorian Gardens


The nineteenth century horticulture found in Europe is both vast and confusing. There was a significant leap in garden design and this created a long list of notable garden. This makes it difficult to select only a few to encompass all the developments in style, ideas and approaches that emerged during the era. Two particular styles comes to … Continue reading

Manufacturers Hanover Trust – 510 Fifth Avenue
Historic Preservation / Interior Preservation / Landmark Preservation Committee / New York City

Manufacturers Hanover Trust – 510 Fifth Avenue


Interior of Fifth Ave. Bank Building Is Named a Landmark By Andy Newman. Article Here. In February of this year the Landmarks Preservations Committee gave landmark status to the midcentury modern interior of 510 Fifth Avenue, Manufacturers Hanover Trust building designed by Skidmore, Ownings and Merrill LLP in 1954— the squat, transparent former Manufacturers Trust Bank Building … Continue reading

The Crystal Palace: Home to the Great Exhibition of 1851
England / History / International

The Crystal Palace: Home to the Great Exhibition of 1851


Crystal Palace, Joseph Paxton, London, 1851 As I had discussed in my post concerning suspension bridges from the nineteenth century, new materials were starting to gain popularity amongst construction of the newer architectural designs. In London, architects experimented with the implementation of a structure made entirely of iron and glass – the Crystal Palace. It’s main function was to … Continue reading

Triangle Waist Factory Fire 1911
Historic Preservation / Landmark Preservation Committee

Triangle Waist Factory Fire 1911


March 25, 1911 Fire is more devastating that any type of demolition. Exactly 100 years ago to this day, near closing time, a fire broke out in the Triangle Waist Factory located in Greenwich Village, New York. It claimed the lives of over 146 immigrant workers, predominately women and some as young as 15 years old. Immigrants … Continue reading

Nineteenth Century Suspension Bridges
Development / History / Infrastructure / New York City

Nineteenth Century Suspension Bridges


During the nineteenth century there was a shift in materials used for construction; iron and concrete gained significant popularity. With these heavier materials and increased desire for functionalism, architects sought new advances to technology to support weight. The bridges of the time are the greatest remnants of their success. The iron suspension bridge was introduced in … Continue reading