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Scotland Street School Museum


Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed this former school between 1903 and 1906. As are all of his other works, this building is located in Glasgow, Scotland in the district of Tradeston. At the beginning this building was used as a school for the people of Tradeston, but has recently turned into a museum which features the chance to participate in a victorian classroom situation. Mackintosh only creates the best and most extraordinary buildings, so it is to not surprise that he went over budget on this project. The school board wanted a less expensive building design, but the building ended over budget at 34,291 sterling at the time.  At the time of creation, this school’s enrollment was nearly 1,250 people! But, due to urban decay in Tradeston around 1970, the enrollment dipped below 100 people, causing the school the subsequently close in 1979.


Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium


Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is a staple of the University of Oklahoma’s campus. Constructed in 1921 by Layton & Hicks, this now monstrous stadium that holds over 82,000 started off at a much humbler number of 16,000. With 10 renovations continually boosting its capacity over the course of the next 94 years leads to its current state. However, as of this year, another renovation is currently in effect that will boost its capacity even more, while also adding a video board that will increase it to the 2nd largest video in the country behind Auburn University. Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is horseshoe in shape, with a bowled out northern end, the south end is gaps in the southwest and southeast ends, which are currently in the process of being bowled out as well in the ongoing renovation. This stadium has hosted some of the greatest athletes in the country with superstars such as Steve Owens, Billy Sims, Brian Bosworth and Adrian Peterson just to name a few.


Although this stadium is for merely a game, this game means a lot to many people. It provides opportunity for young men to receive scholarships and for some, further education wouldn’t be possible without this opportunity. For many many more people, this stadium is home to many great memories and a few heartbreaking ones with friends and family.  This field has had a major impact on my life from a young age. I started coming to games about the time I was 8 and it is a rare occasion that I miss a Saturday game in Norman when the Sooners are at home. This stadium reminds me of all the great memories with my Dad and brother in particular. From he numerous cheers and high fives from great plays, to the “what are they doing” and “that was terrible!” when things weren’t going quite right. With my father attending OU followed by my older brother, it seemed only fitting that I followed their footsteps to this great university. I only hope that one day I have someone to share these same kind of fond memories with in Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.


Willow Tea Rooms by Charles Rennie Mackintosh


In 1901, Kate Cranston purchased the Willow Tea Rooms at 217 Sauchiehall Street, but it did not to her liking. Having worked With Charles Rennie Mackintosh on other projects, she immediately knew that he was the architect for the remodeling job. Mackintosh became the head architect on all aspects of the project ranging from the exterior, interior to even designing the cutlery and the waitresses’ dresses. Mackintosh’s redesign changed the way that the Willow Tea Rooms operated from there on out. The most famous of the room is the Room de Luxe which is considered the “jewel in the crown of his 20 year partnership with Kate Cranston”(Willowtearooms).  In this room, high class tea sippers were able to enjoy a cup of tea for a more expensive price, but in extravagent style. To distinguish floors, Mackintosh made the ladies room in lilac and silver, while the billiard and smoking room were all darker colors. This difference in colors allows people to feel at home with where they are in each room. Mackintosh is the premiere architect in Glasgow, and his work still remains to this day, where people can still enjoy tea in the Room de Luxe for no extra cost!

The Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow, Scotland
The Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow, Scotland

Randolph Hall



Over the past summer I took a vacation to the beautiful and historically rich town that is Charleston, South Carolina. Once in town, I met up with a family friend that attends The College of Charleston, in which he offered to give me a tour of his campus. The very first place he took me too was this beautiful building, Randolph Hall. Although it is one of the oldest building’s on campus, it sure aged well and is I believe the most classic and timeless buildings the still stands. Built in 1828, this building has stood the test of time and still stands tall as a centerpiece of this college. It was named after Harrison Randolph who was the 11th president of the college. This building was originally used as the main academic building when first built, but now serves as the main administrative building, with still a few classrooms remaining. Randolph Hall is a National Historic Landmark and its beauty has drawn attention for reasons outside of academics. It has been featured in films such as the 2004 love story “The Notebook”.

House For an Art Lover



The House for an Art Lover in Glasgow was designed in 1901 and opened to the public in 1996. No, this is not a typo. This masterpiece was designed in 1901 by the famous Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh for a competition set by the German design magazine Zeitschrift Fur Innendekoration. Although the judges praised Mackintosh’s design, he was disqualified for submitting his final design in past the final deadline. A leading architecture critic at the, Hermann Muthesius, stated that the design, “exhibits an absolutely original character, unlike anything else known”. After being forgotten for more than 80 years, Graham Roxburgh decided it was time to bring the House for an Art Lover to life. The work on the house began in 1989 and he exterior of the house was completed in 1990. Unfortunately a recession in the early nineties proved difficult for Roxburgh and the interior of the house and finishing details had t be postponed until 1994. Mackintosh’s masterpiece and now the Glasgow School of Art was finally unveiled to the public in 1996.

Flathead Lake Lodge



Flathead Lake Lodge has had an exponential impact on my family and me. This rustic, outdoorsy lodge was home to my family every summer for one fun filled week. This lodge’s classic log cabin design always took away my worries from typical day to day life in the city, to a simpler more relaxed state of mind. Flathead Lake Lodge Is located in Bigfork, Montana, a short 23 hour drive due north is what is at store in order to reach this northern getaway. It has been family owned and operated since 1945, and has gone through 3 generations of the Averill’s who own the property. It features activities such as horseback riding, water sports, volleyball, hiking and much more. I will always have fond memories of this place that brought my family close together every summer. I truly cannot wait until I get to start a tradition of coming to a place like this when I am a parent to let my children experience a place similar to this.Lodge_Interior_3840x1600-1440x600



Martyrs Public School in Glasgow


This building by Charles Rennie Mackintosh was built between 1895 and 1898. The Martyrs Public School came into service following  the Education (Scotland) Act of 1872, this act provided more money for public education, hence the need for more buildings. This school was built primarily of red sandstone which gives it the nice coloration on the outside. Upon entering the building, there are large open rooms in which class assemblies were held as well as fine iron work done on the rails of each floor. For a building that was built in the late 1800’s, it has a rustic and homey feel which would provide a nice learning environment during school. However, this building has since been used as Martyrs Primary school, followed by being a part of Stow College and finally it was an Arts Centre.


Casady Chapel

CASADY CHAPEL on MONDAY, MAY 1, 2011, in OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

After Casady School was founded in 1948, being an episcopalian school, a chapel was built for regular services for the students. Built from a generous donation from Frank Hightower, this beautiful chapel stands today over 50 years later. St. Edwards Chapel regularly holds services everyday for lower and middle school students as well as for high school students. Additionally, holiday services are provided here for Easter and Christmas Mass. After attending Casady School for the entirety of my youth, I can gladly say that this Chapel has had an influential impact on me and I am lucky to have this building in my life.

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross



Queen’s Cross Church in Glasgow, Scotland is the only church designed by the  famous Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. This gothic church has some very unique features unlike the other surrounding churches. This church does not have a towering spire or large cross. But instead is a more gothic, and more humble look to it. The first memorial stone was laid on June 23, 1898 and the first service that was held in the church was in September of the following year! It’s impressive that over 100 years ago, without all of the technology we currently have that Mackintosh was able to construct this building in just over a year. To this day, Queen’s Cross Church still hosts regular services, weddings and other events, not only making it a beautiful church, but also a sturdy and enduring church that was well built and still is put to good use every week.


Yankee Stadium



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.