Brutalist Cover-Up at Acadia

Do you hate the big concrete buildings of the 1960s and 70s, that were popular with governments and universities? Don't be shy, probably most folks are not fond of these often dreary buildings, many suffering from 50 years without love (or maintenance). Recently I've become comfortable with this style, often known as Brutalist, and can discern charm and whimsy… Read More

Heart of Stone

Valentine's Day is coming. Some random heartfelt thoughts. Act One: Heart of Stone Do you remember, a lifetime ago, the day before Donald Trump's inauguration? There was some sort of official concert that included fife and drum bands. While Mr. Trump and his wife were leaving the event a DJ played Heart of Stone by the… Read More

Iron Rich Saint John

Recently I wrote about my visit to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1976.  I wandered the streets feeling surprise and delight, discovering the wealth of Victorian architecture constructed in the years after the Great Fire of 1877.  A particular fascination of mine was decorative cast iron and this post will show examples that caught my attention. Hope they attract your… Read More