merry christmas

December 25th 2012 Comments: 4

One of our recently completed homes lovingly rendered in gingerbread for a Christmas party.

creche course

December 18th 2012 Comments: 4

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension here in Montgomery, Alabama asked us to design a Christmas creche to replace their well-worn model. This was a commission to replicate in miniature one of the most famous shelters in history! The project went to the capable hands of staff member Charlie Caldwell … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Holidays

moving on

December 11th 2012 Comments: 11

My family and I are in the process of selling and moving out of the 1914 Beaux Arts estate we’ve called home for the past eleven years. The reasons are twofold: planning for the future and a good dose of architectural ADD (given our history, our attention span is apparently … [read more]

I feel pretty

December 4th 2012 Comments: 28

As a matter of fact, the ornate branches of architecture are sometimes treated like a flamboyant uncle at the family reunion: fun to look at it for a bit but not to claim or take seriously. I think, however, that decoration and ornament have a distinct place in the building … [read more]