Michael Curtis
A sculptor, painter, historian, architectural designer, and poet, Michael Curtis has taught and lectured at universities, colleges, and museums, including The Institute of Classical Architecture, The Center for Creative Studies, and The National Gallery of Art; his pictures and statues are housed in over 400 private and public collections, including The Library of Congress, The National Portrait Gallery, and The Supreme Court; he has made statues of presidents, generals, Supreme Court Justices, captains of industry and national heroes, including Davey Crockett, General Eisenhower, and Justice Thurgood Marshall; his relief and medals are especially fine, they include, among others, presidents Truman and Reagan, Justice John Marshall, George Washington, and, his History of Texas, containing over one-hundred figures, is the largest American relief sculpture of the 20th Century; his monuments and memorials, buildings and houses, including The New American Home, 2011, are found coast-to-coast; his plays, essays, verse and translations have been published in over 30 journals (Trinacria, Society of Classical Poets, Expansive Poetry, et cetera), and his most recent nonfiction books are, Occasional Poetry: How to Write Poems for Any Occasion (available through The Studio Press), and The Classical Architecture and Monuments of Washington, D.C. (available through The History Press); Mr. Curtis is the National Civic Art Society’s 2021-2022 Research Scholar.
Mid-Century Modern Metal

Mid-Century Modern Metal

Mid-Century Modern Metal Houses Houses seldom travel beyond the spot upon which they were built.  Your home is one of these stick-to-its, I expect.  Most houses are, some are not.  Among our first moving houses, the Conestoga wagon, descendent of the gypsy wagon,...

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Mid-Century Modern: The Palm Springs, #55

Mid-Century Modern: The Palm Springs, #55

  Mid-Century Modern, Palm Springs The Mid-Century Modern (MCM) is more a fashion than a single style, as are the Classive “Federal” and the Progressive “Brutal” individual, architectural styles.  To its advantage, the MCM exhibits qualities beyond style,...

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Mid-Century Modern Cool

Mid-Century Modern Cool

The Cool Mid-Century Modern House Mid-Century Modern houses are the coolest, they are also the hottest because of all that glass, and the coolest because of those glass seam leaks.  Ugh.  Yes, the Mid-Century Modern’s easy breezy design merged the indoors with the...

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Mid-Century Modern, Recalled

Mid-Century Modern, Recalled

  Mid-Century Modern, Recalled. Loathe to admit, though I must, because true, hos epi to polu: I am a Mid-Century Modern-Man.  Yes, among my early memories, mother’s hair big in curlers, father in a hipster shirt, cigarette easy on the fingers, eloquent on the...

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Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern

  Mid-Century Modern, Introduction Mid-Century Modern is rather more a fashion than a unique architectural style.  If a style, the Mid-Century Modern is something of a colonial style, a style introduced by European modernists who fled Europe during the Great...

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TBH Preview: Mid-Century Modern

TBH Preview: Mid-Century Modern

October at The Beautiful Home we go Mod, Mid-Century Mod.   TBH Preview: Mid-Century Modern We go to Hollin Hills to visit the architecture of George M. Goodman.  And there, we shall find the the typically woodsy "Organic Modern" of the Mid-Atlantic and the...

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Jeffersonian: The Jefferson, #60

Jeffersonian: The Jefferson, #60

Jeffersonian: The Jefferson, #60 a house in the style of Thomas Jefferson's first Monticello.   Style Jeffersonian; common, 1772 – 1840 in the mid-Atlantic states; revived occasionally, nationwide.  (For more of the style, please see The Beautiful Home Treatise,...

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Jeffersonian: The Albemarle, #17B

Jeffersonian: The Albemarle, #17B

  Style Several architectural styles can be credited to a professional architect, the "Palladian", the "Richardsonian", the "Wrightian", et cetera; yet, one style, the Jeffersonian, can be credited to an amateur architect, the polymath and president, Thomas...

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