Category Archives: HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Drive Slowly, Look Closely: Thru Indiana and Ohio on the Historic National Road

Another never-published travel story from the vaults, this one commissioned — but the magazine, an AAA publication, folded before my story ran. It’s safe to assume the over-the-top Indiana Theater in Terre Haute has landmark protection and the Frank Lloyd Wright … Continue reading

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George Washington Partied Here: A Visit to Philadelphia’s Powel House

Tour of Philadelphia’s Powel House Brings Our First President and Colonial Power Elite to Vivid Life Continue reading

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Combing for Historic Remnants Among Brooklyn’s New Towers

ONE NIGHT LAST SUMMER, coming off the Long Island Expressway at Flatbush Avenue and Tillary Street, I had a few moments of total disorientation. It was dark, and I was in a canyon of hi-rises. Where was I? Only in … Continue reading

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Vintage Storefronts of Philadelphia

ONE OF THE THINGS that makes Philadelphia so not-New York is the abundance of old storefronts, even whole rows and blocks of them, that have endured through the decades without being demolished or remodeled out of existence. Philly still has … Continue reading

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There’s Always More to Explore in Philadelphia

WAITING FOR MEN… that’s how I spent much of the past week, camped out in a vacant apartment in Philadelphia, planning a renovation there (I own two 19th century row houses in Philly). In between appointments with contractors, the appliance repair … Continue reading

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Philadelphia: Walking in Southwark

I’VE JUST SPENT three days in Philadelphia, where I camped out in a vacant apartment on an air mattress in a building I own in Queen Village, a made-up 1970s name for the neighborhood along the Delaware River, just south … Continue reading

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Downtown Brooklyn: Then and Now

I ALWAYS LOVED those hokey “Then & Now” books you could buy at souvenir kiosks in Rome, showing what the Forum and Colosseum looked like in their 1st century heyday, with acetate pages superimposed to show how they look today. The photo … Continue reading

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