In the early 1890's millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt II commissioned a block long renovation to his already large New York City mansion ...
The John Jacob Astor Mansion facing Central Park. This palatial mansion which was located on Fifth Avenue & 65th Street was the home of J...
So up pops the French Renaissance: they go through some invasions with the Italians and while swinging their swords..look up and see..."Wow, these buildings look great. We should take their ideas back home with us!" Which is exactly what they did. French Renaissnce Architecture is a mixture of the Italian Renaissance, a little drop of…
Châteauesque mansion on Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side in New York City.
The Lost Room at Talliston: Of all the locations within the house of Talliston, this room does not sit within the whole, but is set apart and separate from it. Its role is that of a travelling ‘room’, a place that may tour and explore wherever and whenever, without bonds.
To each side of the tipi lie the areas for sleeping for the two travellers who dwell here. Simple mattresses, covered with skins and blankets form easily packed and carried bedding.
In the centre of the floor area a raised iron brazier is seated on metal tripod. This provides a small fire for heat and cooking. The smoke is carried with the updraft, and exits the top of the tipi via a pair of adjustable smoke flaps.
Tipis were first designed and used by people on the Plains of America, the name referring to the conical animal skin tent common to these prairie people. Fashioned like a canvas chimney, it has a central fireplace and smoke flaps that can be moved in order to help the smoke flow up and out.
Situated in northeastern Arizona and towering more than 1,500 feet about the desert floor, Agathla Peak (Navajo: Aghaałą́, Spanish: El Capitan) is sacred to the Navajo tribesmen. It is legended that climbing to the top of the mountain ensures the receiving of answers from the gods.
The entrance to the tipi is via a half-circle door flap. This can be left open, or rolled up, in hotter weather, while during the colder months a skin is added to provide a welcome second layer.
The construction of Bah-Has-Tkih (Navajo; the lost room; lit. ‘secret camp’) is sacred, symbolising the Diné lands: the posts represent the sacred mountains, the floor is mother earth (earth; kay-yah, sea; tal-kah), and the roof is father sky (sky; nilchi). The entire structure represents the journey from earth to the spirit world; the link between man and Wankan-Tanka, the Great Mystery.
Overlooking State Highway 163 and a few miles north of Kayenta, here is the 1970s tent home of a traveller and his Amerind shaman passing through this inspiring landscape in search of enlightenment.
In the heart of the Navajo ancestral lands (Navajo: Diné), Agathla Peak (Navajo: Aghaałą́, Spanish: El Capitan) stands like a sentinel at the southern gateway to Monument Valley, Arizona. It is one of many volcanic diatremes found in Navajo country and upon the lowest heights of this eroded volcanic breccia lies the tall white shape of a Native American tipi.