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.
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 for an interesting contrast.
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 his work.
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 elegant and timeless that you are frankly quite mute in front of it?