A Mountain Escape Turned Four-Season Home

They bought the house in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., thinking it would be nice for weekends in the winter. But Covid changed that.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #mammoth-lakes-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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At the French Open Grounds, a Guided Tour of Change

A tennis writer has watched Roland Garros evolve and grow for 30 years, for better or worse.

#french-open-tennis, #french-tennis-federation, #garros-roland, #paris-france, #restoration-and-renovation, #roland-garros-stadium-paris-france, #stadiums-and-arenas, #tennis

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Oyster Farmers Who Feared Going Broke Brace for Summer Boom

When restaurants closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the nationwide market for oysters cratered. That’s not the end of the story.

#clams, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fish-farming, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #nature-conservancy, #new-jersey, #new-york-harbor, #oysters, #pew-charitable-trusts, #reefs, #restoration-and-renovation, #seafood, #shutdowns-institutional

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Far From Paris, the Pompidou Plans an Outpost in Jersey City

Out: the Metro and the Seine. In: the PATH and the Hudson. The Pompidou Center plans to open its first North American satellite museum in a renovated industrial building.

#architecture, #art, #culture-arts, #fulop-steven-m, #jersey-city-nj, #lasvignes-serge, #museums, #paris-france, #pompidou-center, #restoration-and-renovation

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The Fantasy of a Cotswolds Country Home Meets Reality in Westchester

The plan was to do a quick cosmetic update. Then a couple found out the plumbing, electrical and septic systems were shot. And the house was sinking.

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Gehry’s Quiet Interventions Reshape the Philadelphia Museum

No billowing sails of glass or glimmering titanium in the renovation of the museum’s Beaux-Arts home. Equally surprising are several new shows and the American galleries.

#art, #gehry-frank, #museums, #nengudi-senga, #philadelphia-museum-of-art, #restoration-and-renovation

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Send in the Bugs. The Michelangelos Need Cleaning.

Last fall, with the Medici Chapel in Florence operating on reduced hours because of Covid-19, scientists and restorers completed a secret experiment: They unleashed grime-eating bacteria on the artist’s masterpiece marbles.

#art, #bacteria, #buonarroti-michelangelo, #florence-italy, #leo-x-1475-1521, #medici-chapel, #museums, #restoration-and-renovation, #sculpture, #tombs-and-tombstones

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Rethinking What It Means to Be a Philadelphia Artist

In a major interior expansion directed by Frank Gehry, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens new spaces and invites new artists in.

#art, #gehry-frank, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #museums, #philadelphia-pa, #philadelphia-museum-of-art, #restoration-and-renovation

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Inside the Long-Lost Brickyards That Built N.Y.C.

A century ago, brickmaking along the Hudson River was thriving. Then the industry vanished.

#brick-and-tile, #haverstraw-ny, #hudson-river-valley-ny, #immigration-and-emigration, #landslides-and-mudslides, #museums, #new-york-city, #restoration-and-renovation, #rockland-county-ny, #travel-and-vacations, #ulster-county-ny

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The Art-Filled Studios Gertrude Whitney Left Behind

The sculptor, who founded the Whitney Museum, created her own art in studios on Long Island and in Greenwich Village. The future of both is uncertain.

#art, #chanler-robert-winthrop, #content-type-personal-profile, #cushing-howard-gardiner, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #long-island-ny, #old-westbury-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #sculpture, #whitney-museum-of-american-art, #whitney-gertrude-vanderbilt

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All He Wanted Was a Surf Shack. He Got a Lot More.

Working in finance in Manhattan made him homesick for the beach in California. So he recreated what he missed on an unlikely site in Amagansett.

#amagansett-ny, #design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Old Buildings, New Views

Recent renovations around town have uncovered views of Manhattan that had been hiding in plain sight.

#alchemy-properties-inc, #architecture, #building-construction, #city-hall-park-manhattan-ny, #condominiums, #financial-district-manhattan-ny, #general-electric-company, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #landmarks-preservation-commission, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #skyscraper-museum, #steinwaysons, #waldorf-astoria-new-york-manhattan-ny-hotel, #woolworth-building-manhattan-ny

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Smithsonian Will Display Star Wars X-Wing Fighter

Starting late next year, an X-wing from “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will go on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

#industrial-light-and-magic, #lucasfilm-ltd, #museums, #national-air-and-space-museum, #restoration-and-renovation, #science-fiction, #space-and-astronomy, #star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-movie

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In Miami, a Sculpture Built to Live In

Christopher Carter, an artist who works with salvaged materials, set out to create his biggest work ever. Now it’s his home, and the subject of a new exhibit.

#carter-christopher, #content-type-personal-profile, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #miami-fla, #nsu-art-museum, #nsu-art-museum-fort-lauderdale, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #the-carter-project-exhibit

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Should You Renovate the Kitchen Before You Sell?

One outdated room can stand out and hurt a sale. But before you do any last-minute work, set a budget and make sure you finish what you start.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #kitchens, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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What Makes a Home ‘Sexy’?

For one Chicago entrepreneur, it was a design that felt as if it had been pulled straight from her unconscious. (And there are lots of chains.)

#chicago-ill, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Dia Chelsea, Keeper of the Avant-Garde Flame

A home of Minimalism has reopened after a transformative renovation and expansion, its purifying vision intact.

#art, #beacon-ny, #chelsea-manhattan-ny, #dia-art-foundation, #dia-beacon, #dia-chelsea, #museums, #raven-lucy-1977, #restoration-and-renovation

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Carlton Tavern Was Reduced to Rubble. They Fought to Bring It Back.

Developers knocked down the Carlton Tavern six years ago to make way for luxury apartments. After a legal fight, they were ordered to rebuild it, brick by brick.

#carlton-tavern, #coronavirus-reopenings, #demolition, #london-england, #restoration-and-renovation

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Inside Big Ben: What It’ll Takes to Restore England’s Famous Clock

The detailed restoration of England’s most famous clock and tower should be finished next year.

#london-england, #palace-of-westminster-london-england, #restoration-and-renovation, #watches-and-clocks

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The Indestructible Townhouse

Over 211 years, the Dickey House in Lower Manhattan has survived everything New York City has thrown at it. Soon it will become part of a new home for Public School 150.

#battery-park-manhattan-ny, #financial-district-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #public-school-150-manhattan-ny, #restoration-and-renovation

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For a Brooklyn Heights Townhouse, a Divine Reinvention

The Greek Revival house, once home to the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, needed more than just a simple renovation to function in the 21st century.

#brooklyn-heights-brooklyn-ny, #design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Gianluigi Colalucci, Who Showed Michelangelo’s True Colors, Dies at 91

The chief restorer of the Vatican Museums, he led the cleaning of the Sistine Chapel, a 14-year effort that revealed a new vision of Michelangelo’s complex work.

#art, #buonarroti-michelangelo, #colalucci-gianluigi, #deaths-obituaries, #restoration-and-renovation, #rome-italy, #sistine-chapel-vatican-city, #vatican-museums

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A Pandemic Opportunity: Geffen Hall’s Overhaul Accelerates

Dark since March 2020, the New York Philharmonic’s home will reopen in fall 2022, a year and a half ahead of schedule.

#borda-deborah, #classical-music, #coronavirus-reopenings, #finances, #geffen-david, #geffen-david-hall-manhattan-ny, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #new-york-philharmonic, #restoration-and-renovation, #timms-henry

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Restoring Islamic Coins to Reveal the Past

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is working on what it has named the Hoard of Jazira, more than 2,800 pieces of the region’s history.

#collectors-and-collections, #currency, #louvre-abu-dhabi, #museums, #muslims-and-islam, #restoration-and-renovation

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Shopping for Kitchen Range Hoods

Whether you choose a showstopper or one that’s virtually invisible, a range hood is essential. Otherwise, you’ll be smelling that fish for days.

#design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #kitchens, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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How to Get Your Closet Under Control

With all due respect to Marie Kondo, it isn’t just about getting rid of things. Here’s what the experts know that you may not.

#closets, #content-type-service, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #kondo-marie, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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After 19 Years in Hawaii, They Were Missing Something: Winter

With their daughter leaving for college, a couple began planning a new life — and a new house — in Idaho, where they could enjoy the cold.

#furniture, #hailey-idaho, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #idaho, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #sun-valley-idaho

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For Maya Lin, a Victory Lap Gives Way to Mourning

The Neilson Library at Smith College, which Lin redesigned, is interwoven with her own life story. But any triumph is muted by the sudden death of her husband, Daniel Wolf.

#architecture, #colleges-and-universities, #daniel-wolf, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #libraries-and-librarians, #lin-maya, #northampton-mass, #olmsted-frederick-law, #restoration-and-renovation, #smith-college

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The Architects Who, After a Devastating Earthquake, Rebuilt a Town

Jojutla, Mexico, now home to an array of inventively reimagined public spaces, has become a paradigm for rural revitalization.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #earthquakes, #jojutla-mexico, #restoration-and-renovation

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A Postwar Mercedes, Still Overshadowed by Its Racing Cousins

The Adenauer Benz helped lift the automaker after its work for the Nazis. Today, pristine models go for a small fraction of Gullwings from the same era.

#adenauer-konrad, #antique-and-classic-cars, #automobiles, #mercedes-benz, #restoration-and-renovation

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How Many Renovations Does It Take to Get Things Just Right?

More than one, as a Chicago designer and her client — who also happens to be her brother — discovered.

#chicago-ill, #content-type-personal-profile, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Noise Complaint: Construction is Ruining My Life

Renters may feel powerless to effect change in their buildings, but they have leverage — especially in the current market.

#building-construction, #noise, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #restoration-and-renovation

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How One Looted Artifact Tells the Story of Modern Afghanistan

Many of the country’s finest antiquities were stolen under cover of war, ending up in elite museums all over the globe. Should they be returned?

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #brooklyn-museum, #destruction-of-cultural-antiquities-and-heritage, #looting-crime, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #national-museum-of-afghanistan, #restoration-and-renovation

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How to Bring Nature Inside With the Right Houseplants

It’s no surprise that greenery has gained popularity during the pandemic. Here’s how to make the most of it at home.

#blakeney-justina, #carter-hilton-author, #content-type-service, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #jungalow-llc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #trees-and-shrubs

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Lightning Strikes Twice: Another Lost Jacob Lawrence Surfaces

Its owner, a nurse living on the Upper West Side, flagged a worker at the Metropolitan Museum’s information desk. “Listen, nobody calls me back. I have this painting. Who do I need to talk to?”

#art, #black-people, #lawrence-jacob, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #peabody-essex-museum, #randall-griffey, #restoration-and-renovation, #seattle-art-museum, #sylvia-yount

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The McGraw-Hill Building Keeps Its Name

The owners sought to replace the name at the pinnacle of the tower with the building’s address, but relented in the face of community opposition.

#historic-buildings-and-sites, #mcgraw-hill-building-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #new-york-landmarks-conservancy, #restoration-and-renovation, #signs-and-signage

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University Finds 18th-Century Schoolhouse Where Black Children Learned to Read

The Bray School, which taught Christianity and reading to free and enslaved Black children, was found tucked inside a campus building at William & Mary in Virginia.

#black-people, #college-of-william-and-mary, #northam-ralph-s, #restoration-and-renovation, #slavery-historical, #virginia, #williamsburg-va

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The Frick Savors the Opulence of Emptiness

No barriers. No texts. No heavy gold fabric. At the museum’s two-year sublet of the Breuer building on Madison Avenue, it’s just you and the masters.

#art, #breuer-marcel, #fragonard-jean-honore, #frick-collection, #frick-madison-manhattan-ny-museum, #frick-henry-clay, #ingres-jean-august-dominique, #museums, #restoration-and-renovation, #salomon-xavier-f, #selldorf-annabelle, #van-rijn-rembrandt-harmenszoon, #wardropper-ian

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After the Riot, What’s the Future of Art in the Capitol?

Built largely by enslaved people, the building includes just one small object honoring their work.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #restoration-and-renovation, #slavery-historical, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Perfectly Imperfect House in Miami

The exterior of the 1930s Mediterranean-style home in Coconut Grove was charming. The interior was anything but. This couple was thrilled.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #miami-fla, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Art Mystery Solved: Who Wrote on Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’?

The authorship of the tiny inscription, “Could only have been painted by a madman,” was disputed. Curators in Oslo say the artist definitely wrote it himself. (But why?)

#art, #munch-museum, #munch-edvard, #museums, #national-museum-of-art-architecture-and-design-oslo-norway, #restoration-and-renovation

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A New, Safe Home for the Louvre’s Unseen Treasures

An ultramodern conservation center in northern France is a haven for flood-threatened items from the museum’s central Paris basement.

#art, #floods, #louvre-museum, #louvre-lens, #martinez-jean-luc, #restoration-and-renovation

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A Fight to Save a Corporate Campus Intertwined With Nature

The Weyerhaeuser site near Seattle, praised for its balance of building and landscape, is at the center of a battle between conservationists and a developer.

#architecture, #federal-way-wash, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #industrial-realty-group-llc, #real-estate-commercial, #restoration-and-renovation, #seattle-wash, #weyerhaeuser-company

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What’s It Like to Sleep in a Hexagon?

After buying an awkward 1960s house with a clumsy 1980s addition, a couple set about dragging the lakefront property into the 21st century.

#austin-tex, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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In Beleaguered Babylon, Doing Battle Against Time, Water and Modern Civilization

The ancient city of Babylon is a World Heritage Site, but it faces threats old and new. As some of its walls crumble, preservationists are fighting to preserve the past.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #babylon-iraq, #restoration-and-renovation, #world-heritage-sites, #world-monuments-fund

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Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art Museum Is to Open This Fall

The new center, in Riverside, Calif., will be dedicated exclusively to showcasing Mexican-American art and culture.

#art, #california, #city-councils, #libraries-and-librarians, #marin-cheech, #mexican-americans, #museums, #restoration-and-renovation, #riverside-calif

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Mona Lisa Is Alone, but Still Smiling

With the Louvre closed because of the pandemic, museum officials are pushing ahead on a grand restoration and cleanup.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #france, #louvre-museum, #museums, #paris-france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restoration-and-renovation

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A Bay Area Home Ideal for Lockdown

The house in Orinda, Calif., was designed for entertaining. But it turned out to be just as good for living through a pandemic.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #orinda-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Struggling Local Governments May Get Help From the Private Sector

As their fiscal woes become worse, some government officials are looking more closely at public-private partnerships as a way to jump-start their economies.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #infrastructure-public-works, #local-government, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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He Brought Moynihan Train Hall to Life, but Didn’t Live to See It

Many credit Michael Evans with turning the vision for the hall at Penn Station into a reality. Before it opened, he took his own life.

#amtrak, #area-planning-and-renewal, #content-type-personal-profile, #cuomo-andrew-m, #evans-michael, #farley-james-a-general-post-office-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #manhattan-nyc, #moynihan-train-hall-at-pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #restoration-and-renovation, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #transportation

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