We're working our way back to you, babe, with a new season of gorgeous houses, twists of history, and maybe even a literary reference or two. If we're new on your radar, welcome! And if you've heard it all before, well, hear it again! We'll be counting down the days to the premiere on social … Continue reading Season 2 Coming Soon!
For the last episode of season 1, we are taking you uptown in our current homebase of New York City, to the Frick Collection, a home that pulls double-duty as a museum. Built for the industrial tycoon Henry "Most Hated Man in America" Clay Frick, the Frick Collection is nevertheless one of the most pleasant places to spend an afternoon in the city. Join us as we debate how petty is too petty and what is the wrong way to hassle your contractors when a World War is going on!
Send in the clowns, guys, we're heading down to Sarasota County in Florida to see the palace of the Circus King, Ca d'Zan! A little bit Venice, a lotta bit flamboyance, Ca d'Zan had gondolas, belvederes, a giant tub carved of a single block of yellow marble, and organs with far too many pipes to play "Entrance of the Gladiators" whenever the heck you want. Join us as we discuss circus history, sibling rivalry, and why we would never leave the bathroom windows open.
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.
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.
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.
A house museum up in the Bronx that's rich in Hamilton-flavored history, the Bartow Pell is a cool little piece of land that has seen pretty much all eras of New York history. We talk some history, some gardening, and ponder the proper pronunciation of 'dachshund' (fyi, we were ALL wrong).