Friday, September 11, 2015

Virginia Living Magazine: Bacon's Castle

Bacon's Castle is the oldest surviving brick home (and pleasure garden) in America and maybe Virginia's most undervalued architectural landmark. 

This striking Surry mainstay served as the backdrop for the first American uprising against the British crown -- a little episode called "Bacon's Rebellion" -- a century before the Revolutionary War. Maintained today by Preservation Virginia, the Castle is open to the public and is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to raise a new roof. 

Read my feature article on this amazing structure in Virginia Living Magazine, or get it online by clicking here.

And for more on this historic home and the efforts to preserve it, go here.

(Photo courtesy of Preservation Virginia.)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Richmond Magazine: The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

A new, much-hyped economic study has been released that charts the financial success of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts since its expansion five years ago. 

But what about the damning employee survey that was taken last year that Virginia's most prominent museum is refusing to release to the public? 

My new Richmond Magazine feature article on the VMFA, titled "Ripple Effect," takes a look at the human cost of the museum's recent successes, and the tug of war between its mission to present great art and its rebranded goal to be a prominent public space. 

Grab thyself a print copy of the magazine or read the article by clicking here.

(Photo by the mighty Barry Fitzgerald!)