Monthly Archives: November 2012

Christian Hague House

There was a little historic preservation going on in DC on Embassy Row.  The former Christian Hague House, built for Norway’s first minister to the US after Norway achieved independence from Sweden, is currently owned by the Embassy of Cameroon. … Continue reading

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Speaking of vitrolite…

I spotted the lovely modernist apartment building on California street in DC, noting it has an apartment just waiting for me.  Several things about the building appealed to me, for example, the lettering, the tiny mosaic tile in two different … Continue reading

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Pontotoc Storefronts

The building to the right is a “2-story flat-roofed brick commercial building, that dates between 1925 and 1929, although the end walls could be earlier” (Sanders, 1993). The parapet is divided into two sections by piers in the middle and … Continue reading

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Hyperbolic Paraboloid Shell

According to Edward Allen’s Fundamentals of Building Construction Materials and Methods, courtesy of Thomas Rosell’s Architectural Word of the Week series, a hyperbolic paraboloid shell is … a concrete roof structure with a saddle shape… Please, oh please, TR, tell me I have … Continue reading

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