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Boulder’s Embattled Historic Bandshell

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Every ten years or so, our local city government, the City Council and some folks in the Planning Department, get the notion that the downtown civic area needs to be revitalized.  So Master Plans are created, consultants are hired, public meeting are held and more often than not, the public has clearly expressed the desire […]

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World’s Smallest Skyscraper, Wichita Falls, Texas

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  Just off a bit from the main downtown area of Wichita Falls, Texas is the world’s smallest skyscraper.  The Newby-McMahon Building was built in 1919 and its diminutive size is the outcome of a fraudulent investment scheme following a 1918 oil boom.   The building’s owner, Augustus Newby, solicited investors to get in quick […]

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Santa Fe Trail and Fort Bent

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On the heels of the last post, I thought I might say something about another great Western road, one that well pre-dates Route 66 – the Santa Fe Trail. For as challenging as it can be to find vestiges of Route 66, ferreting out the path of the old Santa Fe trail or the Oregon […]

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Route 66

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  I have written in the past about a journey down some portions of the old Route 66 that traverses the U.S. West from St. Louis to L.A.  And my last few posts have been about a trip to Texas that I took the opportunity on my return to travel a few more miles on […]

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Cadillac Ranch

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West of Amarillo lies one of the most iconic of American art works, the Cadillac Ranch.  It is exactly what it appears to be : 10 vintage, deeply graffitied, Cadillacs, buried in the west Texas plains.   The project has been photographed so many times and become such a cliche’d part of our visual consciousness […]

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The Menil Collection and Campus

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On a recent Texas sojourn, I took up the suggestion of a friend of mine and paid a visit to the campus of the Menil Collection in Houston.  It is a series of buildings, most notably the Rothko Chapel and Renzo Piano’s Main Building that hold the most interest for an architect and they make […]

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