A. E. Staley Pump House, 1919, Decatur, Illinois

Before the pump house was built, there was just a stretch of marshy, flat prairie. I was only thirteen when the crews moved in to build the place, but I can still remember games of tag with my brothers in the tall, humid grass that once grew there. Back then, before we were old enough … Continue reading A. E. Staley Pump House, 1919, Decatur, Illinois

Houses, Old

How is it that I haven't written about old houses yet? My first love. Maybe old houses are so in my blood that I take the subject for granted, like breathing or sleeping... You see, although my father made his career as a journalist, the family business was really remodeling old houses. I guess I … Continue reading Houses, Old

Development at the Site of the Boyd Theater

Apropos of my post yesterday, Inga Saffron of the Inquirer wrote this piece about Pearl Properties' development plans for the old Boyd Theater. She says, "That isn't architecture; it's a colorful form of weatherproofing." And further, "You can see mediocre metal boxes just like this going up all over Philadelphia. Actually, they're appearing in cities across America." … Continue reading Development at the Site of the Boyd Theater

Philly Loses The Boyd Theater, Art Deco Treasure

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a win for the arts in Philadelphia with the Association for Public Art’s acquisition of Roxy Paine’s Symbiosis. This week, I’m writing about a big loss for the arts in Philadelphia. While running errands in Center City, I stumbled upon a demolition in progress. I was a … Continue reading Philly Loses The Boyd Theater, Art Deco Treasure