Did you know that one of the great African American architects in the United States was responsible for the concept of one of the busiest airports in the world - and also the "Architect to the Stars" - from Frank Sinatra to Zsa Zsa Gabor?
How much do people really know about Thomas Jefferson? Of course we all know he was the third U.S. President, influential Founding Father and principal author of the Declaration of Independence. But did you know he was one of America’s first and finest architects and landscape artists?
So you’ve found your perfect house plan – or about to start building your home? Today’s approach to whole house design also includes thinking about how to landscape your home. We’ve identified some trends and offer tips and advice about landscape architecture and gardening. From the English landscape garden to the Public Park Movement and now modern gardens, these pioneers of sorts can offer great and often affordable ideas for your own home.
Not as grand and stately as George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate or Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Poplar Forest, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Top Cottage – which sits atop the hills of Dutchess County, New York - is nonetheless as appealing, with its classic simplicity and elegant architectural lines.
Called the “most vividly personal of the presidential shrines,” the picturesque, sprawling two-story Shingle-style Queen Anne home stands atop a hill in Cove Neck and overlooks Long Island Sound. Teddy Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill estate exudes every part of his energetic personality and his passion for nature, hunting, and the environment.
Stepping out of the shadows into the limelight, today’s women architects – like their predecessors – are changing the face of house plan design, and forging a legacy for the next generation. As we observe National Women’s History Month, let’s celebrate the remarkable and amazing women architects of the 21st century.
From historic museums to contemporary performing arts centers, college campus buildings, recreational facilities, and international terminals at major airports, David Frank Adjaye, Philip Freelon, Curtis Moody, and Allison Williams have stamped their unique designs on modern architecture. During Black History Month, we turn the spotlight on their work and vision.
Perhaps as complex as the man who called it home, Montpelier – President James Madison’s Southern style plantation mansion – is as much a cultural institution as it is an estate that’s been transformed and re-shaped throughout the years to capture its history and the legacy of the Father of the Constitution.
They are residential architects, passionate about their work. They are also women – who have excelled in a male-dominated field and continue to shake the status quo to attain influential positions in architecture. During National Women’s History Month, we acclaim the exceptional achievements of these extraordinary architects of the 21st century.