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The Origins of Kentucky University and The Kentucky A&M …and How They Came to Ashland

Founder and Regent of Kentucky University, John Bryan Bowman (1824-1891) held a lofty vision for higher education in Kentucky and was devoted to the ideal of egalitarian education, proclaiming, “I want to build up a People’s Institution, a great university eventually accessible to the poorest boy in all the land…” 992 more words


Art Deco Lives in Napier New Zealand

Departing momentarily from my Slow Urban focus on Lexington’s city center architecture, I wish with this post to recall my brief 2015 stay in Napier, New Zealand. 258 more words

Ashland Makes a Fine Backdrop

Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, is a popular scenic backdrop for many a photo opportunity: from history-themed gatherings, to prom pictures, to family photos, to weddings.  164 more words


The Past Lives of Buildings

The 21c Hotel (formerly the First National Bank Building)

In the nineteenth century, a series of taverns occupied the important downtown corner of West Main and North Upper Streets.  331 more words

What's My Line

Heydar Aliyev Center (Baku, Azerbeijan) | Zaha Hadid, Architect

The curvilinear line is the most seductive form in an architect’s toolbox. One need only view Zaha Hadid’s astonishing design for the Heydar Aliyev Center, shown here in the figure above, to find irrefutable merit in my bold assertion. 286 more words

More Thoughts on Inspirational Architecture

photograph of the 5th Avenue branch NYC Public Library by Wurts Brothers (NYC)

My dear friend Rona Roberts sent a thoughtful reply to my recent post on inspirational architecture. 221 more words

My Earliest Memory of Urban Architecture

photograph of the Chrysler Building by David Shankbone

My earliest memory of an ‘architectural moment’ is two-fold. One school holiday (perhaps when I was about 10 years), I traveled with my father by train to New York City to spend the day at his advertising agency located in the Chanin Building, which was adjacent to Grand Central Station. 261 more words