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More Bungalows Than You'll Know What To Do With

More Bungalows Than You'll Know What To Do With

The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation (MTHP) has two more scheduled walking tours of the Marquette Bungalows Historic District coming in August and September.  Boasting over 40 Craftsman style bungalows, this is something you do not want to miss if you're in the area. MTHP lead tours of the district throughout the summer under their Historic Architecture Tours program. Their Historic East Isthmus Bike Tour also makes an abbreviated stop to see the Marquette Bungalows....

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$695Mission Chandlier

Beautiful Mission lighting handmade in America with white quartersawn oak and hand cut stain glass. Hanging distance 17" from the ceiling. Stain color on the wood is a typical mission brown color. Maximum watts 300 and requires 4 bulbs.

Maker: Mission Studio
Location: San Diego
Date made: June 2 2014
Dimensions: 21" x 17"

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A Walk On the Mild Side

A Walk On the Mild Side

We fellow Arts and Crafts enthusiasts have often been accused -- and rightly so - of fostering a severe case of tunnel vision. We have to remind ourselves that the Arts and Crafts movement encompassed more than just hand-craftsmanship. Early proponents also advocated healthy lifestyles, wise choices in what we eat, and physical fitness.

In East Aurora, Elbert Hubbard led his staff in calisthenics on the lawn in front of the Roycroft Copper Shop. Frank Lloyd Wright took...

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North Prairie Tileworks612.871-3421

Since 1992 North Prairie has produced handmade custom ceramic tile specializing in Arts & Crafts and Victorian designs and glazes. They have in their glaze palette over 150 glaze colors and provide color matching and tile replication services.

North Prairie Tileworks, Inc.
2845 Harriet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN

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Old Hollywood Comes to Oak Park

Old Hollywood Comes to Oak Park

On a warm summer night, anyone strolling through Mills Park in Oak Park, Illinois might be lucky enough to hear the syncopated sounds of ragtime piano coming from the front porch of Historic Pleasant Home.  Laughter can be heard as folks gathered on the porch are entertained by the daredevil stunts and slapstick comedy of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd.

On Friday evenings in August, the Pleasant Home Foundation will host the 2nd Annual Silent Movies...

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Stickley, Gustav Chest of Drawers #627

Stickley, Gustav Chest of Drawers #627 Good Gustav Stickley chest of drawers, #627, peaked back rail, two half drawers over four graduated drawers with ebonized copper hardware, thru-tenon construction, chamfered back and sides, fine original black finish, signed with red decal, 41"w x 22.5"d x 53"h, excellent condition. Estimate $9,000 - $12,000 (Toomey-Treadway Auction, June 1st, 2014) Sold for $15,860
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Shopmark of the Week

Heal & Son (Heal's) This may seem like an easy one given that the name is prominently displayed in the shopmark itself but we're doing it differently this week. Do you know where this company was in operation and what they made?
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