Architecture and Design thread

This tread is for those interested in A/D on any level.

My interest in A/D is nascent, but hope to learn much in the future. I admit, I cannot name many architects by name anymore, but the ones I could have named waited far too long to answer RFIs! Designers always seemed much more willing to banter, about anything, really. Here it goes:

After 4 or 5 visits, this past Saturday, we finally got to see the Burghley House Interior. 16th century Elizabethan structure, with many, I'd imagine, remodels. Notable 18th cent. Italianate wall and ceiling frescos; very creative wood carvings and plastered coffered ceilings. Unexpected 'Purgatorial' staircase...seemed a bit out of place.

Sidebar, TOM 'mentioned' Brueghel the younger: among the mostly mundane portraits and religious works, I found myself lingering vis-à-vis with Rent Day. Happy to say I picked the painter, but likely a lucky guess.
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