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Opulence in Miniature: Coleen Moore’s Fairy Castle

(From Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; used w/o permission.) That’s the great hall in Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, a 13-room dollhouse in Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. The museum’s online exhibit page for the great hall opens with … Continue reading

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Old St. Peter’s, Visigoths and a Henry

St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome isn’t nearly as old as it looks. Architects in ancient Rome often covered large interior spaces with barrel vaults and semicircular arches, although they hadn’t invented either. Someone started using arches and vaults, probably in … Continue reading

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Notre-Dame, Paris: History, Two Cults and a Fire

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has survived Louis XIV-style redecorating, the French Revolution, Napoleon and 19th-century remodeling. I’m pretty sure it will survive repair and reconstruction, following the April 16, 2021, fire. Notre-Dame de Paris is Burning (From Getty … Continue reading

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Art Deco, a Style From Another Era

I like Art Deco. Partly because I see it as one of the 20th century’s better ideas. One of the more upbeat ones, anyway. “…During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress….” … Continue reading

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