Late Summer in the Old Bucharest (The Central-Eastern Part of the City)

For the keen walker on the streets of Bucharest, it is always pleasant to discover among rows of concrete buildings, which were eagerly erected throughout the Communist rule, insulated parts of the old, interwar city. One of these areas is located in the central-eastern part of the city (taking into account a map with the…

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park (Little Rock, Arkansas, USA)

On President Clinton Avenue at No. 1200, in the heart of the vibrant River Market area of Little Rock, Arkansas, the visitor finds The William J. Clinton Presidential Center. The building has a transparent, modern, aerial structure, echoing the nearby bridge over the Arkansas River. The Center was planned by architects James Polshek and Richard…

A Very Short History of an Old Fayetteville-Arkansas Street: Dickson Street

If you look on a map of the Fayetteville`s downtown, there is a long street that has as boundaries, Garland Avenue to the North, and College Avenue to the South. This is Dickson Street, divided into the Eastern and Western side, as it crosses the town, from east to west. The history of this street,…

Houses of Eureka Springs (North-West Arkansas, USA)

Eureka Springs used to be a spot known for its curing springs, but today it is mostly known for its excellently preserved old houses (i.e. dating from the last decades of the nineteenth century). The local springs, which were known as early as the Civil War time (i.e. many wounded soldiers spent their convalescence here), have…

Slovak Pioneers in the Prairie lands (Eastern Arkansas, USA)

In the last decade of the nineteenth century, struggling Slovak coal-miners and farmers of the north-eastern USA (e.g. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois) pay heed to the advertisements in Slovak promoted by the National Slovak Society which was presenting agricultural settlements in Arkansas. The so-called `colonization companies` of the time were buying land in the remote rural…

A Jewel of Eureka Springs: Saint Elizabeth Of Hungary Catholic Church

The visitor finds an interesting church hidden behind the majestic Crescent Hotel, where once stood its terraced gardens. What first calls the attention is the blend of architectural styles, Byzantine, Gothic and Romanesque visible in two adjoining constructions, as well as in the bell-tower. The Byzantine-style building has a rotunda-like roof, and its exterior resemblance…

Architecture by E.Fay Jones and Frank Lloyd Wright in North West Arkansas

Euine Fay Jones (1921-2004), a native of Pine Bluff (South-East Arkansas) and the first dean of the Architecture Department at Arkansas University, was one of the most known apprentices of Frank Lloyd Wright, the American modernist architect who established what was later known as the prairie school of design. Prairie School was the Northern American…

Iconic Buildings of the University of Arkansas Campus: Old Main and Carnall Hall

Old Main is the affectionate name given to the oldest building on the campus of the Arkansas University. The University itself started after the turmoil of the Civil War in the area as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871. The first classes were held in 1872 in unassuming buildings built hastily after the battles the Union…