This house and garden in Fargo, North Dakota, designed by Stahl Architects and Land Elements, was inspired by the work of Josef Albers and the stunning native prairie that surrounds the property. Our slide show tour of the house includes many additional web-only photos!
Alfred Caldwell quietly created landscapes rivaling those of his famous mentor Jens Jensen. Now, one of Caldwell’s brilliant works officially ranks among the best, on a short list that includes Jensen’s Columbus Park in Chicago. The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool at Chicago’s Lincoln Park has been named a National Historic Landmark, making it one of fewer than 50 landscapes to receive the nation’s highest honor for historic properties.
Jens Jensen's masterwork, the Garfield Park Conservatory, suffered hail damage in June 2011, but the disaster only served to make Chicagoans more aware of the landscape architect's legacy.
I’d seen snapshots of Dr. William Wosick’s home outside Fargo, North Dakota, but I wasn’t prepared for the impact it would have on me when I showed up to photograph it. After driving past identical-looking mini mansions perched amid tidy lawns — by far the dominant motif in this part of the Upper Midwest — I pulled up across the street from a striking cedar-and-steel-clad structure. It consisted of intersecting horizontal, vertical, and diagonal planes rising gracefully from an unusual tree-fringed landscape.
Mitchell Park Conservatory, or "The Domes."
This weekend, I stopped by Milwaukee's Mitchell Park Conservatory, known to all as "The Domes." Much of Milwaukee has a wonderful retro flair, with storefronts sporting lettering and signage seemingly unchanged from the 1950s and 1960s. The Domes are also a vestige of this era, having opened in 1964 (with the ribbon cutting by Lady Bird Johnson, no less) and stepping inside, you feel like you've entered a relic from another time.