Modern Living: A Steak in the Past

Across the land, many of the old, abandoned monuments to America's past are welcoming visitors as they never did before. There are the august red brick firehouses, the rococo waterworks, the splendiferous banks with marble floors and tellers' grilles that could have come from a Jimmy Cagney heist flick, abandoned churches raised with prayer and artistry, majestic railroad stations, many designed by the finest architects in the U.S. They have been re-antiquated and reinserted into American life with love and ambience—and with food and wine. The fact is that hundreds of classic buildings...

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