Since I was a third grader up until I was a senior in high school, my family spent a week in seaside every summer. This town is by far my favorite place to visit and my favorite part about it is the architecture. We stayed in a different house each time we visited, so it is hard for me to pick a favorite, but the last one that we rented stuck out to me the most because it had the most beautiful interior. The house is perfectly designed to accomodate a large group, and there was a neat spiral staircase on the third floor that went to a sunroom with beautiful views of the town.
Chris Pardo is an architect from Seattle, Washington. His work is primarily focused on elemental architecture. This is a residential design of his located in Sonoma, California. My favorite part about this house is how the upstairs is supported by two pillars, creating negative space below. Everything about this place looks very modern and crisp. I really like the contrast between the horizontal wood paneling and the vertical sheet metal. The lighting around the home also looks like it was designed well. The windows, however, remind me of a horror film. I can only imagine the price tag on this place. Although this home is sleek and expensive, it lacks the ‘home’ feeling that I have experienced growing up in Oklahoma.
This 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.