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Pugin on Weathering Slopes

A. W. Pugin, The True Principles of Pointed or Christian Architecture (London, 1841), 17-18.

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Pugin on Hinges

On the structural advantages of medieval door hinges (fig. 3) over modern door hinges (fig. 2) A. W. Pugin, The True Principles of Pointed or Christian Architecture (London, 1841)

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F&M’s Gothic Revival Chair

Franklin and Marshall’s Gothic Revival heritage has been eclipsed by its 1920s Georgian makeover. A chair from the 1840s in the vaults of the Phillips Museum, thus, becomes increasingly interesting. It came to my attention at the beginning of the semester, while going through the museum vaults to pick three exceptional chairs to use for an interpretive exercise in my Methods in Art History (461

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Ellsworth Kelly Charter 1959

Charter, I realize, is one of my favorite paintings, which I discovered half a decade ago when living in Connecticut and teaching at an SOM-designed art building with bright orange chairs. I was reunited with the orange mass last weekend at the Yale Art Gallery. Contemplating the neighboring Lichtenstein (BLAM!) and Albers (squares), I found myself reminiscing of Fred Cooper, who came of age in

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Lefkaditi

Why would you know of Leukaditi, a quite village in the remote mountains of Greece? You might know of Delphi, a world-famous ancient site nearby, but Leukaditi is just another dot in a sea of toponyms. At Delphi, the omphalos of the universe, even the most staunch materialist cannot help but succumb to the mysteries of place. My own revelation took place in the modest neighboring village,

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Education (1890)

Busily thematizing Modernity and Byzantium, we missed Byzantium surrounding us. Conference held in Simeon Baldwin Chittenden Memorial Room with “Education” window by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Yale University.

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Sit BSC Sit

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Athos and Gothic Beams

Lecture on early monasticism at Athos under Tudor ceiling at Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Auditorium

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Podcasting Architecture

This week marks the anniversary of Swann’s Way, the first installment of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. Ira Glass, creator of This American Life, begins a marathon reading of the novel from a hotel room in Brooklyn. After constructing a replica of Proust’s own room (left), Yale’s French Department embarks on a similar marathon. With Proust, the modern self encountered a subjective

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Overbrook Station

After open house at the International French School, I found myself at Overbrook Station, along the Pennsylvania Main Line. I usually see the station at 40 miles per hours, zipping along my train to Lancaster. With 15 mins of waiting, I had the treat to look closely at the beautiful carpentry of its shed. Constructed around 1860 it contains the hallmarks of its period, turning, tapering,

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The Man Who Put Me Next to Camels Was Some Friend of Mine

Next time I teach Lancaster Architecture, the syllabus will contain only the following text: THE MAN WHO PUT ME NEXT TO CAMELS WAS SOME FRIEND OF MINE. OF COURSE IT’S MARROW’S QUALITY ICE CREAM. S CIGARS. FOR RENT. THE FULTON NATIONAL BANK. FURNISHERS. All texts readable in a 1923 photograph of Penn Square to be studied at greater detail in a reproduction along the north wall of Prince

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Walking to Lancaster

Ben Leech has a habit of putting wild ideas in my head. Most recently, he suggested walking from Lancaster to Philadelphia. The distance of about 60 miles travels along one of the oldest roads in North America, the King’s Highway. The year 2014 seems like a good year to walk the walk. On the left you see my little study of King’s Highway (in black) along the Pennsylvania Main Railroad line (in

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