M. 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 (The Studio Press), and The Classical Architecture and Monuments of Washington, D.C. (The History Press); his most recent book of verse is, Modern Art: An Exhibition of Criticism (National Civic Art Society); Mr. Curtis is the Common Sense Society's Artist-in-Residence. Other sites where Mr. Curtis can be found: The Classical Artist (art, architecture, and design), The Studio Press (essays and books – fiction and exposition, verse and prose).
Outdoor Rooms

Outdoor Rooms

... Imagining Outdoor Rooms : A house might be one room, suitable to all uses of rest, shelter, activity, or a house might have several rooms, each room suited to its purpose, cooking, gathering, sleeping.  Each room wants some quality suitable to its use, quiet...

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The New American Home

The New American Home

: The New American Home (TNAH) is a showcase of The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a laboratory of building technology and an example of builder know-how.  Next year, 2024, marks TNAH’s 41st year of innovation.  From 1984’s humble $80K, 1,500 sf house...

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Church of the Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd

... Church of the Good Shepherd : In the port of Caesarea, a shipwreck (300 A.D.) whose treasure hoard included coins, statues, jewels, pottery, and a signet ring of gold and emerald bearing a Good Shepherd crest.  Aesthetically Minoan, a low booted, short tunicked...

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Home Surprises

Home Surprises

... American Home Surprises : Next months at The Beautiful Home; remodelings and additions to the website, articles by guest authors, video house tours, architect interviews, products and home surprises. Below, houses that caught our eye, houses worth sharing.  Hope...

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Saint Patrick Catholic Parish, Brighton

Saint Patrick Catholic Parish, Brighton

... Saint Patrick Catholic Parish, Brighton : Pleasant Valley’s first pioneers came to the area in ox-drawn wagons following a winding overgrown Indian trail.  The pioneers were a kind and soulful people who settled among wigwams, who hunted with long-rifles and...

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Chapel of the Magi

Chapel of the Magi

... Medici-Riccardi Palace, Chapel of the Magi, Florence : In 1054, year of the schism between the churches of East and West Rome, there were more Christians of the East than of the West, but that was before attack by Seljuk Turks, defense then conquest of the...

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Basilica of Saint Mary of the Altar in Heaven

Basilica of Saint Mary of the Altar in Heaven

... Basilica of Saint Mary of the Altar in Heaven : From time out of memory comes a story of Augustus peeking through columns to the Temple of Juno Moneta, and there being granted a vision of a child cradled in the arms of a lovely woman.  You know how waking dreams...

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Catholic Church Architecture

Catholic Church Architecture

Anatomy of the Catholic Church: A Brief History of Catholic Church Architecture   As in you, as in me, there is a pattern in our bones, a memory of what we are before we are, as so it is in the bones of the church, the basilica and cathedral, a chain from...

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Grace Episcopal Church

Grace Episcopal Church

... Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown : Yorktown is quite now.  The occasional cannon clapping speaks to waken tourists with the thrilling BOOM!  But the booms are rare, reserved for special days of reenactment.  This year (2023) and last I visited Yorktown on a...

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