Commerce Tower

These are of the recently renovated Commerce Tower in downtown KC.  Does my heart good to see a stately old building given a renewed lease on life.  Design and construction by Ryan Companies.

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Camels Roam Manhattan

The other Manhattan, in Kansas—at Shamrock Farm.  Valeri and her Dad Roy gave their four camels their annual Spring brushing and invited Joan and I (and many others) along.  These are wonderful animals with personalities as big as a pyramid.  Everybody should have one.

Shamrock Farm
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Fire!

This was the scene in front of our house a couple nights ago: Five fire trucks and at least a dozen firemen/women.  Thankfully nobody was hurt, and there was no fire.  It’s reassuring to see the KCPD leap into action–a fire has no chance on our block!

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St. Joseph Catholic Church, Topeka

St. Joseph Catholic Church is located within the shadow of the capitol building in downtown Topeka.  The masonry and exterior were restored recently and work on the interior is underway, all led by SFS Architecture in Kansas City.  One more good reason to go to Peka.  Get it?  To Peka?!

Saint Joseph Catholic Church
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U of Iowa VAB

I stopped in to see the new Visual Arts Building on a road trip home from Michigan and got these photos.  Gorgeous new facility designed by Steven Holl Architects.  I wanted to get out on the balconies, but doors were locked…

This was my first time in Iowa City and I fell in love with the place–lush and hilly with a beautiful river running through.  And I had one of the top five most memorable dinners of my life there at Sanctuary Pub–no kidding: coq au vin blanc.  It was fantastic.

Visual Arts Building, University of Iowa
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St. Columban

These are recent photos of St. Columban Parish in Chillicothe, MO with interiors restored beautifully by Conrad Schmitt Studios.  It’s worth a road trip to the birth-place of sliced bread to see.

St. Columban Parish
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