Back in the Gilded Age, all the nouveau riche robber barons of the east coast engaged in the sort of competition that only nouveau riche robber barons would ever consider engaging in; who could build the most ridiculously lavish mansion on Long Island? A banker built a fireproof castle on a man-made hill (the hill alone took two years to build), and JP Morgan’s son built a massive Georgian mansion that later became (supposedly) haunted, and was eventually dynamited, but the most over-the-top house is probably this one. (Note: Gatsby’s laughably vulgar mansion in the “Great Gatsby” was directly modeled on these houses.) … OWN THIS 48-ACRE PRIVATE EAST COAST ISLAND FOR ONLY $125 MILLION
So, there’s no denying that the District is a total piece of art in and of itself. I mean, it’s a real piece of work yaknowwhatImsayen?
But I digress, this post is dedicated to all of the art lovers out there. We see you. We heart you, and because we think you’re so amazingly special, we’ve decided to handpicked some of our favorite top art events for the month of October for your viewing pleasure.
Architects love sharp lines and modern design. They like crisp edges and clean slates. However, their admiration for geometric –esque buildings doesn’t mean that they don’t appreciate the softer, more lively things. In other words, just because architects are the masterminds behind skyscrapers doesn’t mean they can’t also value a balance – they, for instance, might be tree-huggers who just happen to have a special place in their heart for wood stacked neatly with a purpose. In fact, more often than ever before, nature is a factor in the world of architecture. There are gardens to consider, public spaces to plan, and,not to mention, environmental crisis to curb. … GREEN ARCHITECTURE ENVY: TIMBER TOWER TORONTO
Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend clearly had never met me and seen the way I pine over something else entirely: vino. Sure, I love a little bling, but not the way I downright adore a lot of wine. I like it in red or white. I can dig a 2-buck Chuck just as much as I can swirl around a $18 glass and pretend I know what tannins are and why they make me question my life choices the next day. But, no matter how bad the headache or how deep the holes in my pocket are, I always come back for another pour (a heavy one, preferably). And, the truth is, I’m not alone. … THE BEST PLACES TO WINE DOWN IN DC