Belvidere Mansion- Claremore, OK

belvidereThis is the Belvidere Mansion located in my hometown, Claremore, Ok. It was constructed in 1907  by a family in the financial business because of it’s closeness to railroads. Today it is open to the public to visit for brunch and houses weddings in the third floor ballroom. The building is constructed in the Victorian style. I love the round silo-like edges of the building and the open front porch and balcony. I go here often with my grandparents for lunch. Every time I enter the building I feel like I have taken a step back in time. The floor creaks, the hallways are tight spaces, the indoor decor is much like you would imagine it to be in the early 1900s . Even though it is 9000 square feet it feels small and homey. I love the character this building has and always enjoyed looking at it while I rode the bus to school.

Yankee Stadium

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Baseball has always been a big part of my life. Whether it was when I was young and playing at run down baseball fields in Edmond or listening to stories from my Grandpa from years past. Baseball has been a common ground throughout the generations to converse about.

Growing up, the New York Yankees was my family’s team of choice. It was always my dream from the time I was a little kid to visit Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. When I was a sophomore in high school my dad surprised me with not only tickets to a game at Yankee Stadium, but against the Yankee’s biggest rivals, the Boston Red Sox.

Once I got to the Stadium I was in awe of the spectacle that was the stadium. The outside made of 11,000 pieces of limestone, not only grand in its appearance, but classic for a new stadium. For a brand new stadium that had been built in 2008, it had a classic ball park feel but still elegant. This stadium cost nearly $2.3 billion dollars for construction! Which is hard to grasp but it certainly lives up to all of its expectations.

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After walking through the concourse, you enter into the stadium and see this! For baseball fans, when walking into the stadium  and you first see the field, it appears to be a small glimpse of heaven. The perfectly manicured field, the smell of the ball park and the perfect weather.

This stadium has had a tremendously positive impact on me personally. Even though I have only visited it once, It was an  experience I will ever forget.

The Duomo in Florence, Italy

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When I studied abroad in Italy this past summer, my group went to Florence for a weekend. During our visit, we toured the Duomo of Florence. This massive cathedral dominates the cityscape and relates to the Italian’s value of religion.

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As I looked up into the dome of the cathedral, so many thoughts raced through my mind. How could this massive structure still be intact? How do someone intricately paint the ceiling like that? And, so many more questions flooded my brain. In the end, I left the Duomo with positive feelings and the sense that the past is alive in Italy. It made me realize the importance of traditions and affiliations that can still influence life today.

Global Life Park in Arlington, Texas

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Pictured above is the Global Life Park, which is home to the Texas Rangers baseball team. Being an avid Rangers fan, I have attended many games suffering through the Texas heat to watch this team play.

The circular structure of the stadium gives a feel of inclusion that everyone in the stadium is in on the action below. I love this aspect that the building provides. I am always happy to go to Global Life Park and watch the Rangers play. Even when they lose, the fans are still present and the sense of community is still intact. The open design also gives me the feeling of an older stadium. This design reminds me of the tradition of baseball in America and that the Texas Rangers are always ready to play America’s sport with a lively community backing them.

Ursuline Academy of Dallas

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I attended Ursuline Academy of Dallas for all four years of high school. Pictured above is the front entrance of the school that resonates with so many alumnae. The street-visible view is the original building of the school built in 1950, and in most recent years, more buildings have been added onto the back of the building.

This building reminds me of all the positive attributes that this school gave me. Seeing the building immediately takes me back to all the fond memories and friendships I made. Also, the front of the building reminds me of and old structure that stands the test of time and reminds me that my education I received there will last a lifetime. This architectural structure will always cause me nostalgia of some formative years of my life.

Grand Central Station

 

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One place that is very hard to forget is the vast size and bustle of Grand Central Station in Midtown Manhattan. The pace of busy travelers going in and out of the main concourse of Grand Central Station is “people watching” at it’s best. The vaulted ceiling and massive columns lining the inner walls of the main concourse allows for huge numbers of commuters go to and from their desired destination. This main concourse holds a spot in my mind in a positive way. Although I don’t people watch very often, people watching in Grand Central Station is as good as it gets. This is because of the size/openness of the concourse, which allows for unbelievable volumes of people to travel daily.

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National Weather Center-Norman

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In this post, I would like to briefly discuss this building. This building is something I have wanted to see ever since I was a child. I have always had a love and fascination for meteorology and at one point considered majoring in meteorology (until I realized how many math and science classes were needed). It had been my dream to step into this building and see everything that these meteorologists and scientists got the fortune of working on. However, my family never had the time to visit. It wasn’t until I began my freshman year here that I had the opportunity to visit. The architecture was absolutely stunning to me. Living in tornado alley my entire life, I knew what to expect from severe weather. When I saw these beautiful glass walls, the only thought in my mind was that this building was standing in defiance of Mother Nature. It was as though the architect wanted to say that no storm could break the spirit of the people of Oklahoma. After I stepped inside, my mind struggled to comprehend the beauty of what I was seeing.

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I immediately ran to the globe pictured above and stood in awe as I watched realtime weather stream across the globe. Once I had my fill of weather watching, I looked at the beautiful curvature of the floors above. This was the first time I had ever seen a building have this almost D shape on each of its levels. To this day, the National Weather Center remains one of my favorite places to visit and makes me so proud to be able to call myself a Sooner.

Fort Worth Christian School- North Richland Hills Texas

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This post, I would like to talk about my high school. Before I begin though, I want to apologize about how little you can actually see. Finding images online of the school has proven to be difficult, and I cannot take any myself given that it is nearly 300 miles away. Anyways, this building, while it does not look like much, had a huge impact on my life. My first day of high school, my parents dropped me off at this front entrance. As I began to walk up, I quickly grew nervous and terrified, as everyone seemed to fit in. The entrance shown above reminded me of several federal buildings I had seen in Fort Worth and OKC. The first thought that popped into my head was that I was heading into some sort of federal library, as the windows seen on the left used to house the faculty offices and student library. Once inside, it was as if the building had quickly transformed into a normal high school. The wide foyer, the two hallways that created the entire high school, and the school logo on the floor of the foyer. I will never forget that feeling, the feeling of knowing that this is where my life would begin. Most of all, I will never forget that horrible, gravel-covered, federal-looking building.

Heritage Hall High School

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Heritage Hall High School, where I attended for all four years of high school, consists of several small building and one larger as seen in the picture above. The building is not photographed often as it was built in the 70s and is not aesthetically pleasing. However, based on the picture the design feature I would like to discuss is evident.

There is a stacked main portion of the building where the classrooms and office are held. There is apron seen that surrounds this rise coming from the center on the ground floor. Inside there is a balcony that overlooks this lounge area  and cafeteria. The dean of students and principle had offices that also overlooked this area.

I believe this design was built to always give the students the feeling that someone is always overlooking them. This is a psychological design to encourage better behavior over the student. No matter if you are inside or outside, there is always that feeling of being watched.

This building is not a building that I would recommend visiting. It has seen better days and should be replaced. However, the design itself was built with psychological theories and ideas intertwined in the design.

The photo pictured at the top is the library, which is small detachment from the main building that was designed with the student in mind. The window has automatic shades that draw based on the location of the sun. There is a fireplace and reclining lounge chairs for comfort while reading and studying. There are individual rooms that surround the outer edges for studying privately. This library is a part of the school I recommend visiting.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago

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The Jay Pritzker Pavilion sits in Millennium Park in Chicago. The park is a popular gathering spot for tourists and hosts shows, orchestras, bands, and all sorts of events. My first time visiting the park was as a full orchestra was performing Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”. The pavilion provides great acoustics and is aesthetically pleasing as well. Its odd shape and style at the front of the pavilion looks like bent steel, which seems as an important part of Chicago as the city is covered in steel-skeleton sky scrapers. As you move out from the front of the pavilion you see crossing beams that cover the audience that leaves them feeling as though their sheltered inside while still being open to open air. The Pavilion is a beautiful work of architecture that is used for multiple purposes and add to the artistic style that Chicago has.