I recently visited Alcatraz Island, home to the infamous federal penitentiary that once housed the likes of Al Capone. The catalyst was @Large, a series of site-specific installations by artist/activist Ai Weiwei, but of course I toured the entire island as well. Continue reading →
The grand old Van Antwerp Bldg. is located on the corner of Dauphin and Royal Sts. in downtown Mobile. When it opened in 1908, the 11-story structure was hailed as the first skyscraper in Alabama. Of course, it also sports a majestic ghost sign! Continue reading →
This worn terrazzo entryway for Woolworth’s is on Dauphin St. in downtown Mobile, between Joachim and Conception Sts. Do I sound like an old-timer when I admit that I remember the old five-and-dime retailer Woolworth’s?
What a year it’s been, filled with so many adventures! These are my favorite experiences of 2013, including some Cincinnati gems as well as public art and architecture elsewhere, plus some crazy nature to boot. There was a lot of Art Deco exploration this year, from Miami Beach to Rockefeller Center. Continue reading →
I love this drop-shadow type! I spotted this old terrazzo entryway in downtown Mobile. My guess is that this was a jewelry or clothing store, but it’s more fun to think that a larger-than-life woman named Joyce audaciously commissioned this typographic testament to her ego. Continue reading →
The USS Alabama (BB-60), a South Dakota-class battleship that served in WWII, measures 680 feet from stem to stern, half as long as the Empire State Building is tall, and 108 feet at the widest point. She was decommissioned in 1947, fully retired in 1962 and, in 1965, became a museum ship. Continue reading →