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Other stories by Jon Vara

  • Mud Michelangelo

    Bernie Mitchell has spent the past 20 years developing and refining a method of creating remarkably lifelike relief sculptures in drywall mud, many of which ornament the walls of area vacation homes.

  • Vermont Windows

    Examples of angled gable-end windows, called "Vermont Windows"—a unique feature of farmhouses in several New England states.

  • Home on the Pinecastle Jeep Range

    When a former munitions demonstration site and military training facility in Florida gets a new lease on life, complications arise for the area's residents.

  • R. Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome Home

    Buckminster Fuller popularized the geodesic dome. He even lived in one himself. But although Bucky's dome home has many things to commend it, being watertight is not one of them.

  • Production Demolition Comes to Detroit

    A nonprofit intends to do for demolition what an earlier generation did for production building

  • The Fine Art of Floor Planing

    Caillebotte's "Les Raboteurs de Parquet” shows workers using 19th century hand tools

  • North Carolina Grapples With Local Design Restrictions

    The North Carolina House of Representatives has approved a bill that would prohibit local governments from using zoning ordinances to regulate building-design elements for single-family homes or duplexes

  • Smoke Signals

    High-performance HVAC in the Sistine Chapel

  • Roadside Attraction

    This historic Massachusetts store is a magnet for out-of-control vehicles

  • Overcrowded And Illegal "Maternity Hotels"

    Although birth tourism itself is not illegal, critics charge that the practice has led to the creation of overcrowded and illegal "maternity hotels".