Tag: architecture

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

Staying at the splendid Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, in Winston-Salem, at the recent ASID Carolinas Chapter Fall Conference was a designer’s dream.  The former headquarters of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company has been transformed into a boutique hotel and luxury apartments. Completed in 1929, the original Art Deco structure was designed by Shreve & Lamb who went on to design the Empire State Building in New York City.  the-kimpton-cardinal-hotel-winston-salem














The team for the adaptation of the Reynolds Building into a hotel and apartments, included Gensler, Theresa Fatino Design, crème, and Ohm Lighting.

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel Lobby


An architectural inspiration for the Empire State Building, the building’s original gold-leaf ceilings and lavish brass and marble work have been preserved.   In 2014, the building was approved for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and every year the staff of the Empire State Building sends a Father’s Day card to the staff at the Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem to pay homage to its role as predecessor to the Empire State Building.

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel elevator lobby

A mix of textiles and colors in the “Living Room” of the Kimpton Cardinal hotel creates a lively spot to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.


kimpton-cardinal-hotel-living-roomAn adult slide in the basement recreation area adds to the sense of whimsy found through out the property.











Guest rooms are spacious and well appointed


Best of all the Kimpton Caridnal Hotel accommodates furry guests as well.the-kimpton-cardinal-hotel-dog-welcome

















Mr. H says: Buildings, too, are children of the earth and sun-Enjoy!

The Inn at Middleton Place-Charleston, SC

I was fortunate to play tourist in my own town this week at the beautiful 18th century Middleton Place plantation.  Listed as a National Historic Landmark, it is home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens.

Middleton Place terrace garden Middleton Place

We took advantage of the weekly Spring wine stroll along with dinner at the restaurant and an overnight stay at the Inn.

While the gardens are the main attraction, The Inn at Middleton Place, is an extraordinary destination in its own right.  Secluded among tall pines and live oaks along the banks of the Ashley River, the 55 rooms are just a short walk away from the plantation grounds.The Inn at Middleton Place Lodge

Built in 1987, the Inn was designed by W.G. Clark and Charles Menefee of Charleston, SC.  Lead architect W.G. Clark eschewed the typical Southern vernacular of white columns and wide porches with rocking chairs.  Instead, the team channeled the architectural ruins that are found throughout the Low Country, emerging out of abandoned fields and ancient forests.  Once completed, The Inn at Middleton Place was recognized for its outstanding concept and design by the American Institute for Architecture (AIA) with its Honor Award, the profession’s highest accolade for individual buildings by American architects.

The Inn at Middleton Place

The rooms interiors, while spare, boast floor to ceiling windows, cypress paneling and wood burning fireplacesThe Inn at Middleton Place interior

The large bathrooms feature marble floors, innovative cypress storage and a two person tiled roman soaking tub.

The Inn at Middleton Place bath

Mr. H says: History never looks like history when you are living through it-Enjoy!

Santa Fe Travel

At a recent interior design conference in Santa Fe, I was able to carve out some time to enjoy the unique offerings of this enchanting, high desert city.  Home of the New Mexico state capital, Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States as well as the oldest city in the state having been founded in 1610.

Santa Fe New Mexico

Architectural styles range from Adobe, Pueblo Revival and Territorial.

Adobe architecture-Inn and Spa at Loretto

Santa Fe Pueblo architecture

Pueblo revival Santa Fe

Territorial architecture Santa Fe

Territorial architecture Santa Fe

Santa Fe, meaning “holy faith” in Spanish, has a history with Catholic missionaries that founded numerous churches in the city.

Built between 1869 and 1886 on the site of an older adobe church, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi was designed in the Romanesque Revival style.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi Santa Fe

At the end of the Old Santa Fe Trail stands the Loretto Chapel.  Completed in 1880, this Gothic Revival structure is now a museum and wedding chapel.

Loretto Chapel Santa Fe

Santa Fe is a well-known artist enclave where numerous galleries and art installations can be found around the town.

Santa Fe art galleries


Glass sculptures Santa Fe

Mr. H says: Travel is fatal to narrow mindedness-Enjoy!

Blended Boston

At the recent ASID Chapter Leadership Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, we were able to carve out some time from the training sessions, to visit with this modern yet historic city.

Boston, MA skyline

Brookline artist Janet Echelman’s ethereal spider web rope sculpture “floats”  between it’s supporting buildings over the  Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Janet Echelman’s aerial rope sculpture

A personal tour of Boston’s hip North End by a local architect and developer highlighted some of the unique structures around the area.  The Skinny House is the narrowest house in Boston, measuring a mere 10 feet at its widest point.

Skinny House Boston

The North End lays claim to being the city’s oldest residential community, having been continuously inhabited since it was settled in the 1630s.  Red brick tenements housed the waves of immigrants that flooded the city at the turn of the 20th Century.

Boston North End

Built in 1723, The Old North Church, is the location from which the famous “One if by land, and two if by sea” signal is said to have been sent in Paul Revere’s midnight ride, on April 18, 1775.

Old North Church, Boston, MA

A histrionically Catholic Italian neighborhood, the North End of Boston is home to many elaborate pop up shrines.

Boston Catholic shrine

And of course, cannolis can be found around any street corner

Boston Italian Bakery

Mr. H says: You see a lot of things in Boston when you’re dancing in the streets-Enjoy!

Beautiful Breckenridge

Set against the backdrop of snow capped peaks, the charming mountain village of Breckenridge, Colorado contains a wealth of historic Victorian architecture.  Now considered a world class ski resort, Breckenridge was originally a mining town that provided services for the  profitable mining district that surrounded it.

Historic Breckenridge, Colorado

It was during the summer of 1859, when miners discovered gold along the Blue River, that the development of the small Breckenridge community was established.   While none of the original camp exists, the historic structures that remain are marvelous building archetypes of a town born from the gold fever era.

Breckenridge historic photo

Along the Main Street, facades display architectural ideals of the Victorian age of this once mining town now resurrected as a resort ski village.  The town’s period of historic significance spans from its settlement in 1859 to the closure of the last gold dredging operation in 1942.

Breckenridge Colorado Visitor's Center

In 1980, the Secretary of the Interior designated the greatest concentration of the town’s historic structures as a Local National Register Historic District.  The over 300 significant structures are protected through development and design standards that insure compatible infill construction.

Breckenridge Colorado Main Street

Typical false front, painted clapboard commercial buildings along Main Street.

Main Street Breckenridge Colorado store front

The merchants wealth is evident in the Victorian details of the widow’s walk and adjoining tower with stained glass windows.

Victorian Architecture Breckenridge Colorado

Known as a “rough and ready” town, built for function, Breckenridge does boast some elaborately detailed structures.  A wide variety of building ornamentation can be found including brackets, decorative window surrounds and ornamental cornices.

Victorian Breckenridge Architecture

Victorian architecture Breckenridge

Victorian filigree and whimsy is evident on this facade

Victorian architecture in the US west

In keeping with the Victorian edict of saturated color in multiple intense shades, residences and business alike flaunt eye popping color schemes.

Victorian exterior color scheme

Both economic activity and population declined with the cessation of mining although Breckenridge, as the Summit County seat, never became a ghost town.   In 1961, Rounds and Porter Lumber Company of Wichita, Kansas opened a new ski area breathing new life into the mountain town.

Breckenridge Colorado ski resort

The town of Breckenridge is a celebrated example of preserving the past while maintaining a viable purpose.

Victorian street scape

Mr. H says: Architecture can be considered frozen music-Enjoy!

Great Ghent

On a recent trip to Virginia we visited friends in the charming Norfolk neighborhood of Ghent.  This historic area is full of stately turn of the Century homes and delightful pocket parks.


Ghent Park

The Ghent area began its development in 1890 with most construction occurring between 1892 and 1907. It is named for the 1814 Treaty of Ghent that ended the War of 1812.

House in Ghent

Ghent Virginia

Due to the age of the community, renovation is ongoing, throughout.

Ghent construction

A lively place, the streets are full of surprises.


Ghent RV

Mr. H says: Don’t buy the house, buy the neighborhood-Enjoy!