HIDT Weekly News: Smith Tower Penthouse and the Home of Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Pyramid Home: If you live in or have visited the West-coast city of Seattle you’ll be familiar with the landmark Smith Tower skyscraper. Located in Pioneer Square, the building is the oldest of its kind in the city and contains a total of 38 floors, most of which are used for office space. However, at the very top of the skyscraper there is a pyramid tower and this is home to a family of four, including two small children.

The three-story penthouse has views overlooking the entire city and famous sights such as Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and of course the Seattle Space Needle. What used to be home to a ten-thousand-gallon water tank before the 1990s has since become a delightful home to Petra Franklin and her husband David Lahaie, plus their two daughters. Before they moved in it was used as a frequent pad for artists and writers seeking a magnificently romantic place to ply their creativity.

You can read about the refurbishments the couple made as well as see some wonderful pictures of their penthouse atop the Smith Tower here: Making a Home in a Pyramid.

Edna St. Vincent Millay, also known as Nancy Boyd, was a lyrical poet, playwright and feminist of the early 20th Century. Born in 1892, she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and had a very colorful life indeed. Her personality was eccentric and her sexual mores famous but it’s her former home that is now making the news. Steepletop, where Millay spent the last years of her life, was recently opened to the general public so admirers of her work could see where the much loved poet lived.

However, this might not have been the case had it not been for a band of devoted volunteers who cleaned and restored what had turned into an overgrown and neglected property. The result is a time-warp where visitors can peer into the life of one of America’s most interesting poets as though she had left just the day before.

One can see pictures of Steepletop and read more about Edna St. Vincent Millay’s life here: Poet’s home preserved just as she left it.

Spilt Coffee Shop: Ever felt a little topsy-turvy after a night out or first thing in the morning? Spare a thought for the patrons of this New York City coffee shop who enter a world the owners have decorated as though it is on its side. The optical illusion is missed by many people when they first enter the cafe but once seated and with time to look around, they notice the incredible design. If you are out of ideas concerning your own home decor, perhaps you just need a change of perspective, quite literally.

See a short video of the interior here: N.Y. Cafe Turning Heads.

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Kathy Ostman-Magnusen 03.30.11 at 19:38

Squid friend… nice thoughts on glorious Edna. Happy day to you, Kathy

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