It’s spring in the Mojave Desert, with beavertail pricklypear blooming all around. Indigenous people still use this plant as a food source, including making jelly with the fruits. I’m always charmed by the presence of beavertail cactus, not only when it’s showy like this but all year round.
Andrea Palladio, Villa Barbaro, Maser, 1554-1560 VS Erik Gunnar Asplund, Lister County Courthouse, Solvesborg, Sweden, 1917-1921 VS Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company, Old Car Barn VS McKim, Mead & White, William G. Low House, Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, 1886-1887 (demolished 1962) VS Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Braun, Vanna Venturi House, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 1959-1964 VS Paolo Zermani, Casa Zermani, Varano, Italia, 1997
Thaw shot and killed Stanford White as a result of his jealousy over the relationship between his wife, Evelyn Nesbit, and White. After one hung jury, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Years later, White’s son Lawrence Grant White would write, “On the night of June 25th, 1906, while attending a performance at Madison Square Garden, Stanford White was shot from behind [by] a crazed profligate whose great wealth was used to besmirch his victim’s memory during the series of notorious trials that ensued.” via
Stanford White was an American architect and partner in the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, the frontrunner among Beaux-Arts firms. He designed a long series of houses for the rich, and numerous public, institutional, and religious buildings. His design principles embodied the “American Renaissance”.
The Goelet House in Newport was built in 1883-85 and the architects were McKim Mead and White…black and white pictures from the 1880s…color from the 1990s…one of the best preserved and largest of the Newport shingle style homes….