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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Field Trip: The Olson House

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In Cushing, Maine, on a peninsula that just out into the awe-strikingly beautiful St. George’s River sits the Olson House. This house was made most famous by Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World,” which is part of MoMA’s permanent collection. Wyeth and his wife Betsy  became close friends with the owners and Wyeth went on to use an upstairs room as a studio. The Olson House is owned by The Farnsworth Museum, a gem of a smaller art museum in Rockland Maine. Admission to the Farnsworth gets you a pass to visit The Olson House as well, which is about a 20 minute drive from the museum.

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Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth

Betsy Wyeth described the house as “looming up like a weathered ship stranded on a hilltop.

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Today patina style and rustic are very popular, and this old home is just so beautiful you realize it could never be replicated, but it serves as wonderful vernacular inspiration. Its simplicity and wonderful proportions makes it almost modern:

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Its charm comes from a number of things, from the variation on the boards to the old glass used in the windows:

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To the rusty hinges on the doors:

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To the oil lamp inside the window:

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Of course, the bucolic fields of wildflowers, evergreen forests and saltwater river nearby don’t hurt either:

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If you’re ever anywhere near Thomaston, Maine (about two hours north of Portland), I highly recommend a visit.

Learn more information about The Olson House’s hours, admission and directions (watch out very carefully for signs, there’s a turn or two that’s easy to miss)

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Cool Firehouse Fence

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The title says it all. Check out this awesome custom iron fence in Boston’s Dudley Square neighborhood, outside the firehouse. Details on the firemen, such as their helmets, are historically accurate .While it doesn’t look too hard to breach this thing, it sure if fun to look at!

Learn more about the Dudley Square improvements.

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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

A Moment to Honor Penn Station

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I was watching Mad Men the other night, and I loved the scene where that scumbag Pete Campbell was trying to woo the Madison Square Garden developers to let him provide their P.R. and squash the nutball commie preservationists who were trying to save Penn Station (McKim, Mead, and White, 1910). I love that Mad Men focuses in on these pivotal points in history, and evokes a feeling of being on the cusp of momentous change. A phoenix of historic preservation rose from the ashes of Penn Station; its demolition was the catalyst that brought people like Jane Jacobs, Ada Louise Huxtable and a slew of like-minded architects together to fight the good fight for preservating historic buildings and better urban planning. The episode inspired me to take a moment of silence to honor this Beaux Arts Masterpiece.

all images from newyorkarchitectureimages.com

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Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Facebook Faves on Fridays

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Alright, I’ve gone a little bit off the flickr grid – my friend Lucia just posted some absolutely gorgeous photos of Best Farm on her facebook page and I wanted to share them. I believe her husband Brian took these and I felt compared to share:

Is there anything more beautiful than these simple American vernacular buildings?

I tried to research Best Farm online and found this shot. The property became part of the National Park Service in 1993, and I think this building is the same one shown above:

Does anyone know anymore about the preservation and restoration of this site? I believe it was a Civil War Battlefield in Maryland.

first two photos property of Lucia and Brian Hall. Last photo taken from here.

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Friday, March 27th, 2009

In Case You Missed It: Around the Web this Week (Again)!

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Here are a few articles/websites that caught my attention today I thought I would share with you:

1st Dibs is getting some Competition via Fyndes.com. Thanks to Decorno for the tipoff. Love this yellow vintage Steelcase sofa:

Historic Preservation is in jeopardy.

The Civil Rights Center in Atlanta will be green. Why it is downtown and not in the Old Fourth Ward baffles me – there seems to be enough room where they have torn down the projects. I think I’d rather pair my visit with The King Center than The World of Coke.

Some jerk stole Mr. Monster from a preschool.

Katie Brown is a thrifty and resourceful decorator. Here’s another fun interview with her from the Berkshire Eagle. Her website is chock full of how-to projects. I want to go to there…and move in:

Hop over to The New York Times for the full glorious slideshow, photographed by Phil Mansfield. I want to go to the Berkshires so badly right now after looking through his gorgeous shots of her enviable views and light and cozy house!

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