Episode 1.6: Nickerson House

Our first home in the Midwest is the swanky Gilded Age mansion that was known as the Marble Palace in its heyday! We're off to talk about the Nickerson house in Chicago, Illinois, where we fawn over ebonized wood, kokomo glass, and discuss solutions to the age-old problem of what to do when you're hella scared of fire, but you really dig fancy fireplaces.

Episode 1.5: Gallier House

We're heading down south to the Crescent City, where we'll take a closer look at a father-son pair of architects who had a hand in shaping some of New Orlean's most iconic buildings including the French Quarter's Pontalba Buildings. Gallier Jr.'s home also happens to be one of the best preserved examples of New Orleans style in the Vieux Carre, and is now a house museum open to the public. It's a little bit of Big Easy history, a little bit of post-fire architecture, and a lot of different interpretations of what Chippendale could mean.

Episode 1.4: The Lummis House, aka El Alisal

We're heading out west to where land is plenty, and white dudes named Charles from Massachusetts can insist on being called 'Don Carlos' and still somehow be taken seriously in society! Charles Lummis was, among many things, intense (INTENSE) workaholic, prolific writer and journalist, native rights activist and historic preservationist, and also someone who built his own house out of river rock and cement and other stuff he found on his daily walks, because what else was he supposed to do while working himself up to a paralytic stroke, amirite? The resultant El Alisal, a DIY Arts and Crafts house with a river rock facade and a round tower is the striking-- if a tad precarious-- result.

Episode 1.2: The Breakers, Part II

Welcome back! Are ya ready to hear more about the Breakers? Well uh, you're gonna get it! In Part 2, we discuss Corneil Vanderbilt's marked statement against restraint, asceticism, and fire in general. Built by #legend Richard Morris Hunt, the Breakers of today is a breathtaking mansion to exquisite furnishing and decorative detail, and also maybe begs the question, "why do those dolphin statues look creepily human?"