Island Time

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Whether your idea of an island is a romantic spot in the Aegean or an archipelago in the South Pacific, you are on a piece of land smaller than a continent and completely surrounded by water. Now step into your … Continue reading →

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Talking Toile

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When you think of toile, the Beastie Boys do not come to mind. Toile or Toile de Jouy (pronounced twahl de zhoo-E) is named for the village Jouy-en-Josas near Versailles where Christophe-Philippe Oberkamph (1738-1815) founded his textile factory in 1760.  The … Continue reading →

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Staircase of the Month – February 2014

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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen Continue reading →

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It’s The Principle Of The Thing

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Scale It’s what we step on after we’ve finished that twelfth brownie hoping our weight hasn’t changed. It is critical to our understanding of maps and floorplans; scale is integral to music and it may be the covering of some … Continue reading →

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Staircase of the Month – January 2014

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From Riga to Rochester

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The Russian passport reads Hyman Osband. It is 1907, the year he has chosen to leave Riga and the Baltic behind and make his way to America and a new life. A good time for a young man to renounce the Czar, and escape the promise of conscription in the Czar’s Army. Continue reading →

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Leaving Leeds

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The Segelin family leaves Russia in 1895 for a better, safer life in Leeds, England, a center of clothing manufacturing. It will be a stopover of nearly a decade, before America beckons. Rochester, NY will be their destination. It is one of the top five cities in America producing men’s clothing. Continue reading →

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Mimi Takes the Stairs – About Mimi

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Born and raised in Rochester, New York, my gaze was always on New York City, that amazing metropolis 250 miles to the southeast. Everything fashionable started there and it usually took two years for a style to travel upstate. Nothing … Continue reading →

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