Millie walked through the guild doors at quarter past ten. She was beautiful as ever. She’s that sort of beauty you know requires no effort at all — and you can be sure because if you ever take a trip with her, you know she carries an old duffel bag with little more than bobby pins and some Q-tips to get ready for the day. And yet, she always seems to be prepared for whatever she’s facing. I have no idea how she does it; she always wears pearl earrings.
My eyes darted around the room searching for something to steal my focus. My mind had been racing ever since I left Benedict’s house this morning. I could find nothing that would capture my attention more than the meeting that was about to ensue. I hadn’t seen Millie for nearly seven months. Once she started getting serious with Jack we saw less of each other. Sure, she was around when everyone got together, but never just the two of us. And then, when she joined her family on her parent’s retirement tour around the world, I hadn’t spoken to her beyond a few WhatsApp messages she sent from the occasional architectural monument. I responded to all of them with glib enthusiasm, but in truth I was never really excited for her and seeing pictures just made it worse.
Daniel House is excited to report the great success of our Second Annual Croquet Classic! This year we again had the privilege of partnering with Birch Community Services to support the important work they do serving the working poor. Thanks to our amazing sponsors and friends we were able to join together for a day of good fun, great food, and better company.
Follow our new series of quick, no edit, architecture lessons. We’ll be doing a number of these coming up. Each will focus on one aspect of a building, none will be longer than 5 minutes. In this first one we head to downtown Portland to find a neo-colonial building that features pilasters with capitals from the Temple of the Winds. Peter tells us what that’s all about. So come and learn the history of architecture!
We here at Daniel House are very excited about this new series and hope you will be too. Becoming architecturally literate is an important development that most designers in the contemporary world have have failed to complete. Many architects today either have no knowledge of the development of architecture or choose to reject classicism on idealogical grounds. However, we wonder if they really understand what they are rejecting?
Built in 1913 by the same architecture firm as Portland’s prized Pittock Mansion, the house boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a servant’s wing, several large indoor/outdoor spaces, and a classically columned three-car garage with a lift. Moreover, it is a perfect example of an architectural style that surfaces again and again in the psyche of the American homebuyer.
When we sat down with Walter Espinosa, manager of Alto Bajo, downtown Portland’s newest Mexican restaurant, we had no idea of the treats that lay in store for us. First, we should make one thing very clear: this isn’t your typical Portland over-the-counter street taco situation, and we’re glad. It’s a more nuanced, elegant undertaking, featuring dishes specific to Oaxaca, Mexico.