What is the difference between Neo-Classical architecture and the Greek Revival style? The key is in the proportions of the building; while the Romans certainly copied their architectural style from the ancient Greeks, they were also influenced by their northern… Continue Reading
The Romans loved the ancient Egyptians too. But the great irony of our interest in the Romans is that builders of the Pyramids were more distant in time to the Romans than they are to us.
It’s hard not to take a great picture of one of the most picturesque places on the planet.
Out the Appian Way, just beyond the city walls of Rome to the south, is the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, one of many monuments that line the road outside of the city. What is fascinating about this particular tomb is… Continue Reading
I was in Italy last week, and I made it to some new places, and some old favorites, such as the Tomb of Cecilia Metella above, along the Via Appia south of Rome, or the colossal portrait bust of the… Continue Reading
Update: Cupples 7 was demolished anyway. The saving of exterior walls has occurred throughout the country. My experience with the saving of curtain walls, even when the rest of the building has been torn down, was in Washinton, DC in… Continue Reading
Update: The Soldiers’ Memorial underwent an extensive renovation and reopened in 2018 under the management of the Missouri History Museum. Read my article about the completed renovations here. I realized recently that the two horsemen out front of the Soldiers’ Memorial are… Continue Reading
The Villa Borghese, now really the largest park in Rome, was once the country estate of the Borghese family. Like many powerful Italian families, they blew all of their money and had to sell off large portions of their collections… Continue Reading
All the discussion recently about the new Arch Grounds competition and how St. Louis has lost its soul by being disconnected from the Mississippi River raised some interesting questions in my mind. I started thinking about how various cities that… Continue Reading
The Campo Marzio, or Campus Martius in ancient Latin, is the heart of the city of Rome today, much as it had been the ceremonial heart of the city for centuries during the Roman Empire. Originally a grassy meadow where… Continue Reading