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Fernandina's Fantastic Fudge

Fine Art Daily - August 18, 2010

Posted: August 18, 2010 05:26 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 18, 2010 One of the windows at Fernandina's Fantastic Fudge. The shops in downtown are mostly housed in historic and architecturally pleasing buildings. There are a couple of independent bookstores, ice cream parlors, the usual T-shirt shops and lots of restaurants. It was a pleasant place which we ambled about while doing our best for the economy: several lunches, four ferry tickets, books, post cards, ice cream, a sun dress, scented soap...

Fine Art Daily, Fishing Fleet in Fernandina Beach

Fine Art Daily - August 17, 2010

Posted: August 17, 2010 04:50 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 17, 2010 This is part of the fishing fleet in Fernandina Beach. This was the view from our porch last week. It was an extraordinary place to sit and watch the world go by. The unionized dolphin showed up just before the sunset show every night, while murmurations of roseate spoonbills flocked to perches on nearby Rattlesnake Island. Sometimes we would turn around to look at the water only to see a city-block-sized cargo freighter gliding by! Just amazing.

Pippi Longstocking House in Fernandina Beach, FL

Fine Art Daily - August 16, 2010

Posted: August 16, 2010 05:30 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 16, 2010 Back from vacay - but it will be a light week - we will be taking the Tall One away to college later this week. We slipped away to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island last week. What a delightful place! We stayed away from the beachy scene and found a nice quiet corner in Old Town, right across the street from this Victorian pile which was used in the filming of "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking". It looks like Miss Haversham could have been happy here so I don't know how the mischievous Pippi and her horse and her monkey were contained. We were told it was pa...

Queen Street Grocery, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 29, 2010

Posted: July 29, 2010 05:27 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 29, 2010 Here was a missed opportunity, the Queen Street Grocery. Apparently it is the be all and end all - good local and organic foods, excellent crepes and wine! Who could ask for anything more? This should be a fixture in any downtown, a nice corner market where you can stock up on a few groceries from the CSA, buy a newspaper, have a coffee, catch up on the gossip and oh, maybe buy that nice bottle of wine for dinner. Their slogan is "Local Fresh + Organic Deliciousness." I just liked it for the beauteous "Q" on their window. People who get the typography right might be s...

Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 28, 2010

Posted: July 28, 2010 05:41 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

When you go to Charleston you must tear yourself away from the glories of the gardens and window boxes and your new friends, the gardeners. You simply have to visit Blue Bicycle Books at 420 King Street. The facade is narrow, but the shop itself telecopes and extends magically back from the street for miles! The Tall One and I had to make two visits because we were overcome with Stendahl's Syndrome after the first go round: the sheer number and array of books was too much for us. We had a restorative lunch at The Pita Pit (351 King Street) another little, narrow, crooked-fence sor...

Secret Garden on Meeting Street, Charleston

Fine Art Daily - July 27, 2010

Posted: July 27, 2010 04:57 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 27, 2010 Double secret probation bird's eye view of a garden on Meeting Street. I imagine this is the what the Tall One might have seen (had he stirred himself from bed, early one morning during our Charleston trip) strolling up Meeting Street. Once again it was just me and the gardeners and a few people scurrying off to their jobs. It was too early for the horse drawn carriages and rubber-neckers, so I found lots of almost-legal places to park as I wandered. Two Meeting Street has architecture that challenges my liberal arts college art history training. The Calhoun House has...

Charles Drake House, 50 South Battery, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 26, 2010

Posted: July 26, 2010 06:09 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 26, 2010 This is the Charles Drake house at 50 South Battery. The garden echos the strange melange of architecture: Sweet potato vines! Colonial Revival! Shocking pink crape myrtle! Queen Anne! Asparagus fern! Arts and Crafts style! Heavens to Betsy, this house has it all. Circa 1890, it is a veritable newcomer to the neighborhood. The Drakes eclectic tastes called for a stone foundation with a paneled, shingled and clapboarded second-story. There is a porte-cochere, an arched arcade and curved windows, interior and exterior shutters, gingerbread, columns, capitals, balust...

The Arcade is one of America's first indoor malls.

Marvel in Glass: A Victorian Shopping Mall still Delights

Posted: August 03, 2009 12:24 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

Once dubbed the "Crystal Palace," The Arcade in Cleveland, Ohio, was an architectural tour-de-force when the massive skylit structure first opened in 1890. Modeled after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuell II in Milan, Italy, this shopping mall is visually breathtaking in any century. John D. Rockefeller was one of the oringinal investors in this early American indoor mall. The Arcade, designed by John M. Eisenmann and George H. Smith, epitomized the elegant, modern shopping experience. Thanks to a $60 million restoration begun in 1999, visitors can enjoy The Arcade more than a century af...

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Ennis House is listed at $15 million

$15 mllion Frank Lloyd Wright fixer-upper

Posted: July 23, 2009 18:24 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

Frank Lloyd Wright's bold, textile-block Ennis House in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles is for sale with an asking price of $15 million. An eclectic incarnation of the world-renowned architect's work, the Mayan-inspired house was built for men's clothing magnate Charles Ennis and his wife Mabel in 1924. Wright created four textile-block houses in Los Angeles County between 1923 and 1926. Ennis House is the grandest of them all, encompassing more than 20,000 16-inch by 16-inch concrete blocks in 6,000-square feet at the edge of the Santa Monica Mountains. Listed by the U.S....

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