Winter down South

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Just a few months ago, upon this magnificent porch at Zero George in Charleston, South Carolina, when all of the northeast seemed a solid block of ice, yours truly began his day with a strong cup of coffee.  Batteries recharged, stepped into

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this courtyard, and then onto

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this street in order to venture upon these lanes and alleys that make up one of the most beautiful cities in America.

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A solid morning spent walking about under the guidance of the esteemed antiquarian Ralph Harvard, this writer was then at liberty to attend a ceremony honoring one of the greatest American preservationists, Richard Jenrette, recipient of the 2014 Albert Simmons Medal of Excellence bestowed in recognition of his astounding commitment to saving beautiful architecture.  There is not enough that can be said about what Dick Jenrette has done for preservation in general and for setting an exemplary tone as to what it means to live graciously.  Regarded as the last gentleman of Wall Street, his second career literally saving America deserves to be lauded in equal measure.  Congratulations Mr. Jenrette.

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And then home to this: our loyal hounds.

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Only the Brave Need Apply

Screen shot 2011-07-05 at 8.23.32 AMIt has been heartily debated as to whether or not this advertisement actually appeared in the Times of London prior to Shackleton’s second ill-fated Antarctic expedition. It was likely a romantic fabrication after the fact by those keen to further burnish the heroes’ reputations.

No matter.  The story is magnificent and the adventure is one we all hope for.

It is a way of imagining a life and this, dear reader, was the impetus for setting out for all to see some evidence – both written and pictorial – of adventures great and small that this observer has partaken in.  Not that an American architect is a superior adventurer by any means.  This writer knows well doctors, investment bankers, legal scholars and art historians, all adventurers of a seasoned sort, that might be greater authorities on the world of travel. What this writer hopes to bring to the fore is a sense of marvel at what lies before us and an undying appreciation for the beautiful.  With some schooling in the world of blogdom, minor missteps at the outset as to what is a draft and what is posted, as well as a patient retinue of assistants and associates, yours truly stands ready to ply this trade for all to see.

Let’s begin.