architectural oddities


Steve Rogers x Reader

Summary: Natasha and Sam have a plan to make Steve confess his feelings.

Word Count: 1,117

Warnings: None. This is fluff.

A/N: Shamelessly stole the idea from How I met your Mother.

Originally posted by buckypupbarnes

Steve was staring at you from across the ballroom. It was fairly obvious, his azure eyes shone bright and his lips curled up into a warm smile when you laughed. His heart was pounding in his chest, the sound echoed in his head.

“Talk to her.”

Steve nearly jumped out of his skin when Natasha spoke to him, her lips twisted into a knowing smirk. He took a deep breath to regain his composure.

“Talk to her, Steve. You are driving everyone crazy.” She sighed before her lips touched the cold champagne.

“What do you mean everyone?” He gave her a dirty look that Natasha dismissed with a shrug.

“Sam and I bet that you’d kiss her by the end of the night. Bucky said you were too chicken to do it.” She grinned when Steve cursed softly under his breath.

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Wisteria Tunnel -

Yahatahigashi Ward, Japan Make sure to visit in late April or Early May, during the “Fuji Matsuri,” or “Wisteria Festival,” when the magical tunnel is in full bloom. Arrive at any other time of year, and its appearance will be a disheartening mass of lifeless, twisted branches A member of the pea family, wisteria is an ornamental vine, wildly popular in both Eastern and Western gardens for its graceful hanging flowers and its ornate, winding branches. Easily trained, the woody vines tend to reach maturity within a few years, at which point they bloom in cascades of long, lavender flowers of varying pastel shades. Explore further at Atlas Obscura

Buffalo Central Terminal -Buffalo, New York

A key railroad station for fifty years, from 1929 to 1979, the 17-story Art Deco-style station, designed by architects Fellheimer & Wagner for the New York Central Railroad, the Buffalo Central Terminal is a symbol of abandonment. A prized site for urban explorers and lovers of challenging restoration projects, the terminal is now owned by a nonprofit restoration group, Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, that has been slowly working to return the building to its original glory. So far, the CTRC has restored the exterior tower clocks on the tenth floor, and secured a state grant to secure the complex. In 2003, the building was reopened for public tours. Thousands of people visit every year.

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America’s disappearing roadside rest stops

Cross-country road trips have long been punctuated by breaks at rest stops — but they are rapidly being replaced by fast-food outlets or neglected as state budgets are cut. Photographer Ryann Ford travelled to more than 15 states to capture the remaining unique architectural oddities. His images are collected in a new book, The Last Stop. | See more photos

All photographs: Ryann Ford Photography, The Last Stop published by PowerHouse Books


ok, so this is what I’ve realized about l.a:

a.) they like big things in l.a.

b.) they like odd things in l.a.

c.) they have great weather in l.a.

d.) l.a. is amazing.

so, this is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels - which is big, odd and amazing. all in one. And, of course, has a really great name. It’s designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, in 2002 - which makes it quite young. 

It seems to be based on traditional ideas about space, but of course reimagined and designed in a very post-modernistic manner. I really like the light adobe color of the facade - bringing old Californian missions to mind. 

It’s quite an experience to stand on the bridge over the 101 looking towards these two oddities in architecture: the Cathedral on the left side and the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts (designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au) on the right. I mean, it’s really a battle of weird shapes and forms. But that is really what I like about l.a.  this, sort of, anything is possible atmosphere. 

and also - the windows in the cathedral are made of stone - reason enough to visit. It really gives the interior a beautiful, beautiful light. 

ok, thanks,



How Maps & Atlases Drummer Chris Hainey Carved Out a Second Career as a Photographer

To see more of Chris’ photos, check out @chriscreature on Instagram. For more music stories, head to @music.

Chris Hainey (@chriscreature) likes to be precise. As a photographer and drummer, it comes with the territory. His images often capture movement and energy — intentional blurs and all — while his percussion provides a taut backbone for the progressive indie rock group Maps & Atlases.

“When I started playing drums, I would try to write parts that were really showy and flashy, but as a partial observer, it just sounds like too much,” says Chris. “When you’re writing music, the vocals and the lyrics are definitely the subject and everything else is there to guide and frame it. That can be related to photography as well — trying to be thoughtful about space.”

While the band is slowly working on its follow-up to 2012’s Beware and Be Grateful, Chris has been pursuing photography, both as a hobby and a profession. He initially shared his work with just his friends. But after he noticed others taking notice, he began putting more thought into his compositions and what he posted.

Chris honed his talents at Chicago’s Columbia College, where he studied cinematography. These days, he’s working on photo and video editing at Studio 6, the in-house production company of the advertising firm Havas Worldwide. “It’s interesting how much I had to re-learn from my college days,” he says of all the new technology that didn’t exist a decade ago.

Another area Chris had to get more comfortable in was taking portraits. Thankfully, he had a lot of assistance from his girlfriend, Leslie Ann Bembinster, who’s both a model and a molecular biologist at the University of Chicago. “She had never modeled before she met me and I wasn’t comfortable or used to taking pictures of people,” he says. “I didn’t like feeling intrusive in people’s space, but I think we helped each other. She got more comfortable in front of the camera and she helped me get comfortable taking pictures of people. It’s definitely a mutually beneficial relationship.”

Like any good musician, Chris has a knack for improvising when it comes to setting up a shot. For example, one of his best photos shows a pair of red stoplights shrouded in fog in front of a dark building. “We don’t really get fog like that too much in Chicago so low to the ground,” he says. “I didn’t have a tripod or anything — I was just doing long exposures, propping the camera on the pavement with my wallet.”

He repeated the same procedure while photographing Leslie on “the world’s largest indoor carousel” at the House on the Rock, a Wisconsin tourist attraction that features all sorts of architectural oddities. “It’s a terrible habit — I’ve lost a few wallets like that,” he says. “It ended up being an interesting, dreamy scene. There are just so many lights that filled the space in a magical way, so it was cool.”

With his current work at Studio 6 and the band hopefully having a new album ready soon, Chris keeps churning out shots on a near-daily basis. He claims that almost every new photo is temporarily his favorite, though he cites a high-speed capture of a horseshoe shattering a mirror as particularly special – one he’d love to see in print someday. At the moment, though, he’s still humbly hesitant to publish any sort of physical collection.

“I’m still at a point where I feel like, ‘Why would people want this?’ So I just haven’t done it. But yeah, there might be a demand for it — Someday. Someday I will.”

We can wait.

— Dan Reilly for Instagram @music

Karlskirche, or St. Charles’s Church, was built to give thanks for the passing of a plague epidemic. In the early 18th century, Central Europe was hit by the last great outbreak of the Black Plague. Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI made a vow to build a church dedicated to St. Carlo Borromeo—revered for attending to Milanese plague victims in the 16th century, and the emperor’s namesake—if the city was saved. And it was. The cathedral was built in a mix of ancient Greek and Roman elements with Byzantine, Renaissance, and Baroque styles, making it something of an architectural oddity. 📸: Photo by Atlas Obscura user Jaszmina Szendrey



Flooded by the waters of Lago di Resia, situated in Val Venosta in the Trentino-Alto Adige region of Italy, the Campanile di Curon is a vestige of the old town of Curon Venosta.

In winter, when the lake freezes over, it’s possible to walk right up to the tower and explore the site. Legend has it that on some days, nearby visitors can still hear the bells ringing inside of the tower even though they were removed before the lake was created.

For more flooded towers read our article at Atlas Obscura.


Shanghai French Concession -

Shanghai, China

Located in the northeastern portion of the modern day Xuhui District of Shanghai, the Shanghai French Concession was a region under French control from 1849 until its return to the hands of the Chinese government in 1946.

Although the Old French Concession is now one of the most vibrant shopping districts in Shanghai (including the massive Xujiahui complex), the wrought iron fences, tree-lined boulevards, hidden cafés, and vibrant architecture have allowed the region to maintain a distinctly European flair that harkens back to its days as a French-controlled enclave. Visitors are encouraged to explore the many winding streets on foot to take in the unique combination of Chinese and European culture.

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