Viburnum Press Publishes Rapp & Rapp History

(PRWEB) July 18, 2014

The book’s author is Charles Ward Rapp, son of Mason G. Rapp, the last of the family architects who closed the Chicago firm in 1965. The author also curated and cataloged the Rapp & Rapp Archive, now part of the Chicago History Museum’s permanent collection.

“The two separate firms of Rapp architects and their father before them practiced for more than a century, each at the forefront of their industry,” said the author, “an amazing run by any measure.”

Most widely known of the two firms because of their elegant theatre designs was C. W. & Geo. L. Rapp, Architects, opened in Chicago in 1907 at the dawn of a movie industry they helped to shape. Likewise their brothers’ firm, I. H. & W. M. Rapp, Architects and Superintendents of Public Buildings, Trinidad, Colorado, 1891, helped shape the post-frontier Southwest with buildings in Colorado, New Mexico, California, Oklahoma and Texas.

Though they did much else, the Colorado Rapps’ best-known legacy remains the picturesque pueblo revival Santa Fe Style, characteristic of the city for which it is named.

Mason G. Rapp ran the Chicago firm Rapp & Rapp, Architects for 25 years from the 1940s through its closing. Always generalist commercial architects, Rapp & Rapp never left the specialty that time and history had given it, and in 1961 built Detroit’s New Fisher Theatre— a soft and elegant work of its time that changed the notion of what theatres should be, even influencing the course of today’s theatre design.

The book is available for sale on

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Union Station Kansas City — Celebrating 100th Anniversary Continues to Write a Rare Success Story

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) July 01, 2014

The rare success of Kansas City’s Union Station is attracting national interest as Centennial Celebration plans are shared. And, this magnificent and monumental example from the “Golden Age” of railroading still has many stories to tell.

In the early 1900′s, a group of visionary entrepreneurs and 12 railroad company leaders came together to formulate a grand plan, a railroad station to rival any in the United States and beyond. The unlikely location for such a monument was to be along a small creek (OK Creek) which meandered at the edge of a dusty, burgeoning downtown Kansas City.

In 1911, construction began on the massive station, designed in the Beaux-Arts architectural style by Chicago architect, Jarvis Hunt. Nearly four years later, on October 30, 1914, Union Station opened to the public. Just after midnight on the morning of Nov. 1, the first train, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Flyer, steamed into Union Station.

Costing nearly $ 6 million, and part of an expansive $ 50 million investment by Kansas City Terminal Railroad, Union Station was declared by the Kansas City Star to be “a magnificent building, elaborate in proportions and monumental in appearance”.

Immediately, Union Station became a regional hub for commerce and transportation. It also became Kansas City’s civic center for major events and celebrations. The phrase, “meet me under the clock” was coined as it was a unique point of reference inside the massive Union Station. The Station measured two blocks across the front façade, 850,000 square feet, and included a 17-acre campus with all variety of support facilities.

Total rail traffic peaked in 1917 during WWI, with 79,368 trains passing through Union Station, including 271 in one day alone.

In 1945, again during WWII, passenger traffic hit a record of 678,363 travelers through Union Station, many of who were uniformed military on their way home from overseas duty.

What followed for Union Station were decades of intense use, famous visits and occurrences and, eventually, a long decline that would challenge even the brightest business leaders to keep the wrecking balls away, as was the unfortunate fate for far too many of the nation’s grand train stations.

In 1996, voters on both the Missouri and Kansas sides of the city voted overwhelmingly for a sales tax to save, restore and redevelop what was an overly neglected and boarded-up Union Station. This bi-state tax, thought to be the first of its kind in the United States, infused $ 118 million into the total $ 250 million project. Determination and a grand vision again shaped a story of success that is now a monument known and beloved across the Midwest and beyond. Too many stories from the golden age of railroading have ended in regret. Not in Kansas City.

Today, 1 million people annually walk the marble floors of Union Station, dine in her restaurants, attend meetings, shape future science and technology, and conduct the businesses of living, learning and leveraging our collective and diverse histories. People from all walks of life still line up, with queues often reaching into Grand Hall itself, to catch a train and travel across the plains, along rivers, over mountains and to destinations made equally special by the rhythm of the tracks.

Union Station Kansas City is a survivor. A young Ernest Hemingway and Walter Cronkite—both of whom found their footings at Union Station—forever held special affection for this architectural masterpiece. Jazz greats Count Basie and Charlie Parker paid their dues here before finding international status. Fats Waller died on a train stopped at Union Station. Presidents Eisenhower and Truman made their ways through crowds of supporters in Grand Hall. Even the infamous Kansas City Massacre of 1933 — involving Frank ‘Jelly’ Nash and several federal agents — added dramatic moments to Union Station’s story.

You don’t have to dig deep to find national significance at Union Station. And to celebrate this 100th year, a number of unique and important activities are planned . . .

September 5th – Kansas City Celebrates at the Station
The free family evening of entertainment and Centennial Kickoff to commemorate 100 years

Live Music Concert
Union Station Revealed – The Monument Comes Alive in Breathtaking Outdoor
Digital Show with Spectacular Fireworks Finale

Presented by Ivy Funds, Waddell & Reed, Inc. and National World War I Museum

October 30th – Centennial Gala
The once-in-a-lifetime exclusive dinner event, celebrating the Station’s history in grand style with world-class entertainment

October 31st – Opening of the Union Station 100-year Historical Exhibition
The unveiling of the permanent exhibit that shares Union Station’s 100-year history

November 1st & 2nd – Open House & Re-dedication of Union Station
Featuring history tours, sneak peeks of new attractions, entertainment from past and present, and historical trains on display

        Presented by Bank of America

Union Station invites all of Kansas City – and enthusiasts from across the nation — to join in the celebration and share in the writing of the next 100-year chapters. This is a success story both rare and worth repeating.

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City of Miami Welcome Culture with Attractive Tourist Locations

City of Miami is a cosmopolitan city in Florida. It is a midsized city and is famous for its cultural heritage and diversity of people. Apart from this, there are various kinds of luxury hotels, delightful white sandy beaches and a wonderful place to shop. All of these features make it an alluring place for a tourist attraction.

Miami Florida tourism is famous all around the world. It’s a perfect place where you and your family can spend a delightful time and make your vacations memorable. There are lots of things that you can do in Miami. The nightlife is spectacular and full of entertainment. There are various famous places in the City of Miami which make it one of the most sought after places for tourist attractions.

How to make your trip memorable: Here are some of the places that you can visit in Miami in order to fill your trip with great lasting memories.

There are various beaches in the Miami city like Key West, Miami Beach, Panama City Beach, West Palm Beach and so forth. All these beaches have their own features such as playing beach baseball in the white sand or enjoying your time to the fullest near water and in the sun.

- Miami has various historical places, where you can visit with your children. And if you are passionate about art, you can visit the Salvador Dali Museum. The artwork you find in this Museum include photographs, sculptures, drawings, and oil paintings

- You can also take your children to various beautiful parks like Crandon Park Marina, and Matheso Hammock Park Beack. These parks will offer you some artistic sculptures and other water sport activities

- The greatest perk about Miami being a tourist destination, is that you can take a Beach House for rent. You can easily find condos, so there is no need to stay in hotels and lose your luxury beach experience.

In Miami, you can also find a Chamber Radio Network, which provides you with the latest and updated news about the Miami Beach area. It is a 15 minute weekly internet radio show that will provide you information about networking in Miami. There are various local business owners who are very successful in their area of work because they have been patient and diligent. During this show they will share some of their experiences and knowledge with you, so you can also succeed in your business. These networks will also give you great insight about the luxuries available in the City of Miami.

The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce helps to promote the economic well-being of Miami Beach’s citizens, to improve the quality of life for the entire community, and to communicate the view of the business community on major issues of public policy. For more details visit

The Setai, Miami Beach Launches New, Improved Website

Miami, Florida (PRWEB) June 17, 2014

The Setai, Miami Beach announces the re-launch of its website, The completely redesigned website rethinks the way guests explore, discover and reserve their stays at the prestigious luxury hotel. Today’s launch introduces guests to a website that embraces the mobile and social connectivity of today, with a responsive layout that combines form and function into one cohesive, beautifully designed destination.

“We’re excited to unveil a website that embraces today’s trends in the social and mobile digital world,” said Guenter H. Richter, C.H.A., Vice President and Managing Director of The Setai, Miami Beach. “Following our recent property-wide revitalization at The Setai, this new destination on the web proves our continued commitment to provide guests with an experience that fits their ever-changing lives and exceeds their every expectation.”

The new launch is part of an ongoing partnership with MICROS, a proven global leader in the point-of-sale software, enterprise information systems, and hospitality industries. Utilizing the (MICROS Commerce Platform, MCP), The Setai is able to connect with consumers in a wholly new way that integrates every level of the guest experience, from social to mobile and beyond.

The hotel website’s new, responsive web design is built to adapt to the screen size of any device, on-the-fly, providing easier access and ease-of-use for today’s modern, and more mobile travelers. Whether accessed on a mobile phone, tablet, or PC, the design itself shifts automatically to create an experience that’s uniquely attuned to that device, making it easier to browse and book at the hotel.

Fully optimized for user experience at every level, the new site delivers platform features and capabilities that are user-centered, with content that can be changed dynamically based on context. This allows for a more personalized experience across devices. The unified responsive design also offers full integration with social features, allowing visitors to Like, Follow, Pin and Tweet with ease.

Visit on the web now to see the new site and explore its many new features and bold, new digital design.

About The Setai, Miami Beach

The Setai is an intimate, serene oceanfront resort in the heart of South Beach. Its design artfully combines the rich architectural history of the neighborhood and its cultural diversity with the International Art Deco movement, particularly its influence in Asia. The Art Deco landmark building was originally built between 1936 and 1938, as the famed Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel. Next to it is our 40-story glass tower that surpasses all around it in elevation, views and design. The Setai was voted the #1 hotel on Miami Beach in 2013 by U.S. World & News Report and the #1 Best Hotel in Miami and Miami Beach, as well as the #2 Best Hotel in Florida by Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s 2013 “Reader’s Choice Awards.” Visit

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Legal Software Company Aderant Awards Leading Law Firms at Annual User Conference

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) May 23, 2014

Aderant, the world’s largest independent legal software company, announced the winners of the 2014 Bridge Awards at its annual user conference, Momentum, last week in Miami. Each year, Aderant recognizes select firms or individuals within the Aderant user community for exemplary work in areas such as talent, innovation, support, and thought leadership. This year’s Bridge Award winners include Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP, Goldberg Segalla, Maples and Calder, and Michelle Martinez at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

The Newcomer of the Year Bridge Award recognizes outstanding new members of the Aderant user community that are using technology to make a significant impact in their firm. This year, the award was presented to Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP. Butler Rubin realized the opportunity to improve the firm’s finance operations by implementing a holistic approach to upgrading their technology involving a new workflow-enabled practice management platform (Aderant Expert), docketing system (CompuLaw), and business intelligence analytics (Expert ClearView).

Michelle Martinez, docketing administrator at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., received the Advocate of the Year Bridge Award, which recognizes a firm or individual within the Aderant user community who goes above and beyond in supporting Aderant within the legal and professional services industries. Martinez leads the CompuLaw National User Group and participated in numerous events to promote Aderant’s CompuLaw product and the Aderant Momentum 2014 conference.

Aderant presented the Innovator of the Year Bridge Award to Goldberg Segalla, one of the fastest growing law firms in the U.S. The firm’s culture of innovation and commitment to best practices position them on the cutting-edge of leveraging technology. Goldberg Segalla’s visionary approach toward implementing technology enabled them to deliver the agility, efficiency, and productivity needed to fuel their aggressive growth.

The Client of the Year Bridge Award recognizes a firm that exhibits high standards of business practices, achieves business goals mutually, and contributes significantly to the industry. This year, Aderant awarded Maples and Calder, an Aderant Expert client in the Cayman Islands. The firm is a long-time client of Aderant and a regular early adopter of new Aderant technology. In 2010, Maples and Calder assisted Aderant in providing input and product reviews, and in 2014 rolled out Expert Time, Found Time, and soon On the Go Time globally to all offices within the firm. Throughout these implementations Maples and Calder provided Aderant considerable collaboration, effort, and insight, which directly and positively impacted product development.

“The legal industry is experiencing a time of incredibly rapid change and many firms have not only survived, but thrived in this challenging environment,” comments Chris Giglio, chief executive officer at Aderant. “At Aderant, we want to recognize and reward members of our client community who exhibit excellence in the midst of these changes. The Bridge Awards acknowledge the firms and individuals who are paving the way for their peers during this critical season in the legal sector.”

Giglio continues, “Along with the firms who receive awards, we also want to thank all of our clients for their support throughout the year. These partnerships are extremely valuable to Aderant and have a direct impact on the future of our products.”

The Momentum User Conference drew a record 349 clients from 10 countries for a two-and-a-half day event held at The Loews Miami Beach May 11-14. A sold-out vendor hall of 19 companies also participated. Attendees were able to choose from more than 160 sessions over 12 tracks where they were able to learn more about and contribute to roundtables on Aderant products, advice from peers and experts on best practices, and key industry topics.


About Aderant

Aderant, headquartered in Atlanta, is a global provider of comprehensive business management software for law and professional services firms. With a 35-year history as a global industry leader, Aderant supports 3,300 clients in more than 30 countries. Its clients represent 70 percent of the world’s largest firms and 86 percent of the Am Law 200 across all segments of the legal market. Among these clients, Aderant has maintained a combined customer retention rate of more than 95 percent. Aderant’s complete suite of solutions includes: business development, calendar/docket matter management with built-in court rules, client relationship management (CRM), practice and financial management, time and billing, case management, document management, and business intelligence. Aderant helps firms more effectively and profitably manage, grow, and protect their businesses. More information is available at Twitter: #Aderant @Aderant / LinkedIn:

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The New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show Unveils Top Jewelry Trends and Exceptional Timepieces

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 08, 2014

U.S. Antique Shows, the world’s largest producer of indoor antique shows, recently announced the return of the New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show to the Metropolitan Pavilion, July 25-28, 2014. Gathering more than 100 industry recognized dealers for four days only, this event showcases remarkable antique jewelry and watch collections from all eras of jewelry history.

“In just seven years, the New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show has established itself as a must attend event in the heart of Chelsea. It annually attracts serious local buyers within the community as well as international and national collectors and enthusiasts. This show sees a dramatic increase in attendance year after year,” says Dan Darby, Emerald Expositions vice president and U.S. Antique Shows group show director.

This year, luxurious pieces featuring colored diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, jadeite, pearl and more will populate the aisles. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase highly sought after collections from elegant global brands such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co., David Webb, Harry Winston, Patek Philippe and Van Cleef & Arpels, among others.

The show also occurs two days before the summer trade-only JA Show, which guarantees significant buying from a wide range of attendees. The New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show’s intimate setting annually attracts antique jewelry aficionados, seasoned collectors, fashion trendsetters, well-known celebrities and socialites.

“I return to the New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show each year because of the diversity of clients. I go to shows where I know I’m going to sell just Victorian or sell just Retro pieces, but at the New York Show, there’s such a wide variety of clientele from all around the world, I take all my merchandise,” said Dealer Ken Leach of Gallery 47.

Show times are Friday, July 25 from 1-7 p.m., Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Monday, July 28 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission is $ 20 for all four days. For more information about the show or to register, call 239.732.6642 or visit

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30 September 2012

NATO 2012 Chicago

A belated post.


"I'm just gonna attack a cop and get arrested!" - a youth
"Did you bring your gun?" "Nah." - two suburbanesque officers of the law
"What is NATO again? National..?" - a woman perusing the protesting crowd
"I am so disappointed that your generation can't do better..." - a man who has likely lived in Haight-Ashbury since the late 1960's

Some photos:

16 August 2012

Do you like coffee?

Made some simple Twin Peaks (David Lynch, Mark Frost) posters after a rewatch marathon on Netflix (irony regarding previous post noted). The series was in HD, I really couldn't resist. Bonus points if you get every reference.

...and now some more! Couldn't resist.

19 July 2012

Oh deer!

I got some design frustration out via Photoshop therapy. Here are the byproducts.

15 July 2012

Addendum: The Rip Tide

The fact that Zach Condon likely denies the existence of the American Midwest and Southeast is frustrating no doubt, but he's almost made of for it with the latest music video off of The Rip Tide.

Houmam Abdallah's video is a striking companion to Beirut's titular track. Influenced by Dalí, Seurat, and JMW Turner, the work, a living painting, is simple but stunning and I can't deny I've watched it on loop far too many times.

Not that you can ever have enough Beirut.

02 July 2012

Pedantic Social Commentary No. 5: The Netflix Prison.

Ranking amongst the greatest oxymorons of all time, likely somewhere between airplane food and peace force, is television marathon.

TV marathons are probably the furthest from actual physical activity marathons that they can possibly get. Sure, in both cases your vision probably gets a bit blurry, your muscles begin to ache, and you are somewhat closer to death, but the similarities end there.

Personally, the blame falls on Netflix. To me it is the root of all evil. The greatest catastrophe to hit already pop-culture satiated plebeians of all time. The plastic shopping bag in a tree to my personal Liz Lemon.

Netflix is the type of evil which reels you in with the promise of all five million seasons of such and such with the simplest click of a button. Then it… delivers. And soon enough you’ve opened the Pandora’s Box of media overstimulation and you’re being uncannily accurately suggested programs you forgot and/or never knew existed and your Netflix Instant Queue is in the triple digits.

Some British TV program you vaguely remember enjoying years ago? Seven seasons of god knows how many episodes? Sure. Whatever. Let’s go.

I should mention that there should really be a large flashing neon sign of some sort presented to you when you press play on a show of 5+ seasons that reads no stop it’s a trap. Because that’s what it is. A trap. A sort of self-imposed prison of conveniently instant amusement that pushes you more and more towards maximum security every time you press “next episode”.

Before you know it “just a few episodes” has turned into “all the episodes”. You’ve become one with your sofa. A box of gorgonzola chips probably meant for 10 or more party guests is nearly empty and you’re sipping from a plastic bottle of ginger ale like it’s one of those gerbil cage drinking bottle things.

Eventually your net physical movement is reduced to the trifecta of sofa-bathroom-fridge. You actually begin to practice one of the three songs you know on ukulele in a futile attempt to restore your depth perception because rubbing your eyes isn’t helping anymore. The narration of your thoughts is suddenly in David Mitchell’s voice. You shut your blinds to the world because the glare is ruining your picture. You’ve reached the ultimate stage of hermitude. Netflix has won.

In this state you can almost feel the sun’s rays desperately grasping through the gaps in your blinds whispering come back I miss you and the glaring lack of real social contact enveloping your black hole of a soul. There’s this vague incipient sense of shame gnawing at you like a mosquito bite on the back of your thigh that won’t go away.

And yet, you continue searching for new positions on the sofa that don’t ache. You withdraw further and further into television until you’re a dried husk of a human. You consume an amount of programming meant to be spread out over actual human years in a 9-hour timespan.

Then, tragedy strikes. You stare at your screen blankly as any semblance of willpower or purpose drains from your body. The carefully constructed glass castle of entertainment and emergent self-loathing you’ve built for yourself is shattered.

There’s no “next episode” button.

09 June 2012

Faux Mad Men Ads

Mad Men makes fake ad campaigns for a plethora of companies, so I figured why not make some fake ad campaigns for Mad Men itself. Featuring various products of actual and/or Mad Men universe fame, here are some faux magazine ads with whichever character (Betty, Don, Roger, Pete, Peggy, and Joan) and campaign seemed most... fitting. Esoteric plot-related quips included.

01 May 2012

Adventures in Archaic Film Technology

After cherishing the review and autofocus features on my digital camera, I somehow persuaded myself that a venture back into film was a good idea. So I found an old USSR-made Zenit TTL 1980 Olympic Edition, bought some (probably too much to be honest) expired Kodak 100 film, and tried it out. I would go into the trouble I had to go through to get it developed, but I'd rather not.

The first roll of film has all the markings of, well, a first roll of film with a "new" camera. Subject matter is inane, countless photos are out of focus, and a bunch are disgustingly grainy because somehow I decided that shooting in a dark library was a good idea. Here it is anyway.