Category: Architecture/buildings

A Coke Sign and Memories of My First and Only Muscle Car

A Coke Sign and Memories of My First and Only Muscle Car
On my way to the Art Center I pass this business on 9th Street in Little Rock– the coke sign caught my eye.  The building looks like it had a previous life as a mini-mart. When I stopped to take a picture, I realized that there was more there–the door was open and appeared to... Read more »

Neon Nostalgia

Neon Nostalgia
Remember when many churches and businesses had neon signs?  Today it seems that most of them have back lit plastic signs in front of their parking lots.  First Baptist Church in Little Rock still has its neon sign hanging from its steeple. It is a nice sign, clearly identifying the church day and night. This... Read more »

Always in style--NEON

One of the coolest things about Little Rock is the neon signs.  Most are old signs, sort of neon ghost signs, and one is for a place that is still in business.  Enjoy! Capital Glass, on the corner of  South 8th Street and Broadway is still in business. The street has a few auto repair... Read more »
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LEED Platinum Buildings in Little Rock, The Best of the Green

LEED stands for “Leadership in energy and environmental design,” the most widely used green building rating system in the world.  LEED, is international, and in the United States it is managed by the US Green Building Council.  It provides a framework that project teams can apply to create healthy, highly efficient and cost saving green... Read more »

A Chicago Eye Looks Around Downtown Little Rock--and finds some unexpected art.

A Chicago Eye Looks Around Downtown Little Rock--and finds some unexpected art.
Sometimes I take a round about route to my art class and unexpected art pops up.  When I am lucky to have my real camera instead of my antique 3G iphone, I stop and take a few pictures.  Downtown Little Rock gives me a lot a lot of material. Downtown Little Rock is nothing like... Read more »

Chicago from an Arkansan Eye

Chicago from an Arkansan Eye
Recently I moved to Little Rock Arkansas, a small beautiful Southern city.  I have lived in other places, but never permanently, always assuming  that the Chicago suburbs would be my home forever.  The move was a big change, but not as huge as I thought it would be at first. When we loaded up the... Read more »
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I didn't expect Asian Art in a Romanian Castle

I didn't expect Asian Art in a Romanian Castle
  Peles Castle in Romania is an example of neo-renaissance-gothic revival style.So when I got there, I saw lots of carved wood,  carved stone, garden statuary, tapestries, grand staircases, the usually trapping of European castles and palaces.  What was unexpected was the collection of Asian art. I shouldn’t have been so surprised, because Asian art... Read more »

Underground and Unexpected. Roman Art in Cologne

In Cologne, tourists go to see the Cathedral, which is the number one tourist site in Germany. Right next door , in the Roman Germanic Museum, there are treasures  that rival those of the Cathedral.  After the tour of the Cathedral, I was ready to blow off the museum, but since it was a rainy... Read more »

I came to see music boxes, but I unexpectedly found art

Siegfrieds’s Mechanical Music Cabinet in Rudesheim, a town full of interesting tourist activities.  The Niederwald monument  is located nearby and there is a gondola to people from Rudesheim to see it. The  Drosselgasse, a narrow cobblestone street, lined with interesting ancient buildings and restaurants serving schnitzel and beer–with live German music.  And at the top... Read more »
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Valhalla: A Hall of Fame with a German Twist

Germany has a Hall of Fame.  This is something I never knew until I went on a river cruise earlier in the summer.  On the Danube River, we passed the imposing building that looked like the Parthenon in Athens.  The day before, we visited  the monument to German nationalism, the Niederwald, and were told that... Read more »