Category Archives: Modernism

Yorktown Art Deco shape: Edwin M. Knowles ‘flower pots’

I picked up this plate somewhere back in Texas, intrigued by the lovely shape and colorful design. For years, it was displayed on an easel on the buffet. The move to Mississippi took its toll on a lot of things, … Continue reading

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Serta Smart Layers: The Executive Air Chair

Okay, this is totally not a sponsored post–I do not even know how people get to do those and get freebies or money. I just know I am so happy to be sitting in this chair right now, and I … Continue reading

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Corners in architecture: Canted, chamfered, and rounded

I have this thing for corners that are rounded, canted, or chamfered, especially door and window entrances. I really learned to appreciate them through Preservation in Mississippi. Apparently, though, I have liked them for a long time, since I took … Continue reading

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Architectural Twin: The Queens Theatre

The Queens opened in 1907, an architectural twin to the one on the other end of the block: Hicks Theatre, renamed Gielgud in 1994. See the comparison: One could be excused for thinking “twins?” The obvious similarities are the corner … Continue reading

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Bank of Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain, Mississippi is probably most widely known for being home to Blue Mountain College.  The former Bank of Blue Mountain on the corner of Railroad Avenue and Main Street was established in 1905 when the bank purchased the site … Continue reading

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Buckingham Gate

Which building does not match the style of the others?  Yes, another of those somewhat jarring juxtapositions–and yes, my favorite word of the month right now.  This is Buckingham Gate road, which runs from Birdcage Walk along side of portions … Continue reading

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100 Victoria Street, London

Another of the fascinating modernism buildings in London is Cardinal Place at 100 Victoria Street. If ever a project embodied the idea of transformation, it’s this one. (Landsec website) The building, which houses office and retail space along with restaurants and … Continue reading

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The Great Hall, Morton’s Gatehouse, St. Mary-at-Lambeth, and The Perspective

Sometimes, I cannot see the forest for the trees.  Whilst looking back at the modernist buildings appearing in photographs of London, I discovered I had another view of Lambeth Palace, previously profiled.  To the left of Morton’s Tower, also called … Continue reading

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Unicorn Theatre, London

Another of the modern glass buildings in London is the Unicorn Theatre on Tooley Street.  Caryl Jenner founded the Unicorn Theatre in 1947 as a “purpose-designed theatre for children.”  The modern new building, designed by Keith Williams and containing two … Continue reading

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Morton’s Gatehouse, Lambeth Palace

In Survey of London: Volume 23, Lambeth: South Bank and Vauxhall (Roberts, H., & Godfrey, W. H., Eds. (1951). Lambeth Palace, 81-103.), British History Online provided access to the history of ‘The Gateway or Morton’s Tower’, built 1490-1495 by John Morton, Archbishop of … Continue reading

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