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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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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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  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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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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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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The Ft. Worth Water Garden has long been on my list of buildings to visit, but to be honest, it wasn’t near the top of that list.  That is largely due to my general dislike of the work of Phillip Johnson, the architect of so many large, over-simplistic behemouths that I have too quickly dismissed […]

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Last week I took a slight detour during a Texas roadtrip to stop by one of the greatest buildings of the twentieth century, Louis Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth.  What can you say about the Kimbell that hasn’t already been said, what superlatives can you you drum up to describe a building so […]

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sketch of the Yale campus from inside the Art and Architecture building cafe by Mark Gerwing

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