Tag Archives: architecture

Modern Cave Homes

21 Sep

Santorini Cave House

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The Most Beautiful Train Stations in the World

26 Apr

Rossio Station in Lisbon, Portugal

Rossio Station in Lisbon, Portugal

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Traces of the Titanic in Montreal: Union Française

23 Apr

Union Française

The bronze statue of Marianne to the left of the front door of this building at 429 Viger Street E. is the work of sculptor Paul Romain Chevré, who survived the sinking. He also carved the statue of Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier that is in the lobby of the Château Laurier in Ottawa.

Excerpt [Via Véhicule Press]

Traces of the Titanic in Montreal: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

20 Apr

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The frieze on the exterior of the building, at 1379 Sherbrooke Street W., is the work of second class passenger Leopold Weisz, 33, who drowned in the disaster. A Hungarian-born Jewish stone carver, Weisz got the job in Canada carving the frieze for the Montreal Museum of Arts building in 1911. He was then contracted to do the stone shields which decorate the Dominion Express Building at 201 St. Jacques Street W. He had gone back to England to fetch his wife, Mathilde, and they were sailing home together on the Titanic.

Excerpt [Via Véhicule Press]

Traces of the Titanic in Montreal: The Allan Building

19 Apr

The Allan Building

The Allan Building, at 333, rue de la Commune, was the head office of the H. & A. Allan Company, founded in 1863. Its steamship Virginian picked up the Titanic‘s first distress signal and wired the head office in Montreal for permission to alter course to go to the ship’s rescue. This is where the message that the Titanic had hit an iceberg and was sinking was received in Montreal. The information was immediately passed on to The Gazette‘s marine reporter. It was the first newspaper in the world to learn of the disaster.

Excerpt [Via Véhicule Press]

The 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World

17 Apr

Angelica Library, Rome, Italy

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Happy 126th Birthday Mies van der Rohe!

27 Mar

S.R. Crown Hall (1956) by Mies van der Rohe, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA

For more on Mies van der Rohe’s biography and legacy, please visit The Mies van der Rohe Society

Photo [Via artnet Magazine]

13 Mar

I wish all libraries looked so grand!

I Love Upstate New York

Grand Arches Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library

I love libraries…well, I love the idea of libraries. Whenever I go to a new library, I always have the same hope that the inside will resemble the Venetian library that was featured in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade…minus all of the rats and fire. I hold my breath with the excitement that white marble floors and painted ceilings can arouse. I long for the smell of worn leather bindings and yellowing parchment. When I go to a library, I want to literally be transported to a different era, when people had loads of money to decorate buildings from floor to ceiling with knick knacks made of solid gold. I am always disappointed when faced with the fluorescently lit reality that has been every library I have ever had the misfortune to visit…and yet my quest for the perfect library continues, much as Indiana’s search for the holy grail.

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Montreal’s Emblematic Sites

7 Mar

Last week, I talked about Montreal’s threatened emblematic sites. Here are three sites that Heritage Montreal has managed to save over the years.


Guaranteed Pure Milk Bottle

[Via Heritage Montreal]

Silo #5

[Via Quays of the Old Port]

The Carmelites' Convent

[Via Le Carmel]

Montreal’s Threatened Emblematic Sites-2012 Edition

29 Feb

Last week, Heritage Montreal released a list of Montreal’s threatened sites. Here’s a look at the city’s unique architectural landscape that future generations might not get to see and appreciate. For details of each site, please click on the link under each picture.

Bonheur d'occasion (workers') houses

[Via Heritage Montreal]

Cadieux Smithy

[Via Heritage Montreal]

Empress Theatre

[Via Heritage Montreal]

Griffintown Horse Palace

[Via Heritage Montreal]

Institute of the Misericordia Sisters

[Via Heritage Montreal]

Redpath House

[Via Heritage Montreal]

Rodier Building

[Via Heritage Montreal]

Saint-Laurent/Monument National City Block

[Via Heritage Montreal]

Square Viger and Agora

[Via Heritage Montreal]

Très-Saint-Nom-de-Jésus Church

[Via Heritage Montreal]