When John Heisman coached football at Franklin Field in the 1920s (yes, the namesake of the Heisman Trophy played and coached at Penn), it was a single-tier stadium…READ MORE


What grade-school boy hasn’t dreamed of dismantling the buildings that imprison him on a beautiful October day? Bob Beaty is living that dream. But for him, it’s an act of respect, not rebellion. Along with his partners, Beaty runs an architectural salvage and deconstruction company called Provenance… READ MORE

I missed the privilege of knowing Rotan Lee and so have no personal remembrance to add to the eloquent eulogies of many others. His sudden passing, however, leads me to reflect on the recent death of a great man with whom I did have a brief acquaintance…READ MORE

As several people have pointed out, there’s a big difference between the Chicago fire of 1871 and the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and the New Orleans flood of 2005. The first two cities were on the rise when their disasters struck and rebuilding was simply the continuation of boom times…READ MORE