Tag: statues

Shakespeare’s American home

For all things Shakespeare in England, scholars and devotees go to Stratford-Upon-Avon or London (see The Shakespeare Globe experience). But in the United States, they come to Washington, DC, to the Folger Shakespeare Library, situated behind the Library of Congress. A gift…

Washington walkabout

On a recent visit to Washington, DC, I discovered it to be a very walkable city. Laid out in a radial system in the early 1800s, the wide, ample avenues crisscross each other making it easy to find one’s bearings. Even…

Restored to bookish glory

In the mid 1990s, the Multnomah County Central Library in Portland, Oregon began to experience serious structural issues and subsequently underwent extensive renovations. With a complete overhaul of the structure, both inside and out, the 1913 Georgian Revival building was restored…

Fountain town

Portland, Oregon is a city filled with fountains. Since the region is blessed with an abundant water supply, fountains are everywhere – in parks, in squares, on street corners, in the middle of avenues, at the entrance of buildings, under highways. You can’t walk around…

History comes alive at hands-on museum

The Mackenzie Printery in Queenston, Ontario is no ordinary museum. The building is the house where William Lyon Mackenzie lived and worked in the 1820s. He printed a newspaper here called The Colonial Advocate before moving to York (now Toronto) and…

Boston’s jewel box

I had heard that the downtown Boston Public Library was one of the most beautiful libraries in the United States (as well as one of the first publicly-funded libraries, founded in 1848), so on a recent trip to Beantown, I headed…

A world-class park

It seems like all the best cities have great public parks in the middle of them: Villa Borghese in Rome, Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, Central Park in New York City. Added to this number has to be Stanley Park in…

Raining down watery blessings

Sitting atop the Tyler Davidson Fountain, the Genius of the Waters holds out her hands to bless the city of Cincinnati, Ohio with life-giving water. The fountain was placed in Fountain Square in 1871 by successful businessman Henry Probasco to…

Venice Texas-style

If you don’t want to go all the way to Europe to experience a canal system in the middle of a city, head down to San Antonio, Texas, where the River Walk has been beautifying the downtown since the 1920s.…