Rachel B. Doyle reports from Europe, the U.S., and Africa on culture, travel, science, and history. Formerly: Deputy editor at Atlas Obscura, and News Editor at Curbed. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The rigorous design school in Weimar, Germany put on marvelous costume parties back in the 1920s.
Starting in 1902, Julian Abele designed hundreds of elegant public buildings, Gilded Age mansions, and huge swathes of a prestigious then-whites-only university's campus.
Midcentury architect Paul Rudolph specialized in the airy Bauhaus-on-the-beach homes that became a hallmark of the style known as Sarasota Modern.
The Mormon splinter faction led by Warren Jeffs had 10,000 followers and had amassed some $115M worth of property in Utah and Arizona, with holdings in five other states and Canada.
Halted by the Cuban Revolution, the modernist architect's iconic building resurfaced in Berlin eight years later.
From crumbling châteaux in Europe to an auctioned-off ghost town, this year the cultural obsession with abandoned buildings continued unabated.
Nearly every few weeks an outrageous proposal was unveiled, or a ribbon was cut at some long-delayed project that had been bitterly fought over.