An Aladdin “Colonial” in Lynchburg!

Years ago, I did a survey of kit homes in Lynchburg but apparently, I missed a couple. Earlier this week, I was in Lynchburg for other reasons, and on my way to an appointment, I made a wrong turn and stumbled upon two beautiful Aladdin kit homes, literally across the...

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Last week, I traveled almost 1,000 miles (round trip) to Newberry, South Carolina to learn more about Sadie Bowers, and visit her gravesite. It was also an opportunity to visit James, a dear friend who lives less than 100 miles away from Newberry. James and I had a...

Penniman Par-TAY! It’s DONE!

Updated! Good lecture. Good times.  😀 Ghost Towns. Virginia History. Phenomenal Personal Sacrifice. Women workers. And a devastating epidemic that wiped out so many workers that the local cemeteries ran out of space. Penniman has all of these elements and more, and...

Compartmentalizing the Sacred Spaces

As my friends know, I consider the Open Floor Plan to be a plague spot on American architecture, and it’s a plague that continues to spread. The home I recently purchased in Suffolk has lots and lots of walls and a few doors, and I’m a big fan of walls and...