I am beginning the process of migrating this blog-site to a News Page on my primary web-site. Should be more unified, integrated, cohesive—and less schizophrenic. Time will tell.

So if you’d like to continue to receive notices of my insightful and fascinating posts, bookmark that page page, or ‘follow’ me at Twitter: @ADinKC. That’s how I’ll be alerting the world to new posts. Same place if it’s the bloviating rubbish you don’t want to live without.

First such post is already there:


Mildred’s La Rue

There is a new Mildred’s Coffeehouse, downtown on Baltimore, in a building that says “La Rue Printers – Lithographers”. Not sure of the history of this, beyond having worked with Lane Blueprinting back in my architect days. I see some relatively recent on-line photos of the place as “Lane”, but when it changed or why is a mystery to me.

Regardless, it’s a gorgeous old building and a wonderful place to relax with a cup of medium roast, drip. Which is my limited first-hand experience.  Design work by Hermanos Design, an architectural force to be reckoned with.

And as the first photography assignment I’ve completed since the COVID Calamity, it bodes well for the future maybe. See more at my website, HERE.

A Reckless Tangent

This has nothing to do with anything, but an obtuse message from The Universe was delivered to me by way of a Strava map. Because it’s apparently meaningless, there must be some mystical import that I am unable to decipher. If I figure it out, you’ll certainly see an update.

O2 World Arena

OK feeling a little reflective of times pre-COVID. This was the first ever commission I completed after throwing open the doors of Aaron Dougherty Photography in 2009: O2 World Arena, Berlin–or as it’s known now, Mercedes-Benz Arena. Added it to the web-site, you can see a few other views HERE.


The dilapidated house next door is finally coming back to life! For just a few days, a significant portion of its interior was in a giant heap in the back yard. So I got my camera.

See the half-dozen photos I got HERE.

STEAM Classrooms

It’s a little ironic that my last photo shoot before the Coronavirus pandemic was of school kids in STEAM classrooms. We finished the last of these about a month ago.

The classrooms are at Gordon Parks Elementary, KC, MO; Rockhurst High, KC, MO; KU School of Education, Lawrence, KS; STEAM Studio, KC, MO; and Sunflower Elementary in Lawrence. Cool furnishings are by NorvaNivel, architecture is by GouldEvans.

STEAM Studio

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I’ve been teaching myself to do video. Up until now it’s had only to do with architecture: “Architectural video’. I’m close to having something to show of those efforts, but the coronavirus thing has got that derailed temporarily. While we’re living out the 30 day Stay-at-Home order here in Kansas City, I thought I’d document the experience. I wish everybody strength and patience, and offer this goofy series as a distraction:

Ride 2 Boulevardia 2018

Unbelievably, I had this post all queued up and ready to go, but apparently never hit GO! Or some odd glitch derailed it–I have had a strange notice about something still waiting in my shopping cart for a long while. I ignored it, of course.

SO. Years later:

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Dog Days

In honor of the dwindling days of summer, I’ve pulled out some photos of aquatic centers–‘swimming pools’ for those of us from the 1900’s.  These are in O’Fallon and Oak Grove, MO, respectively.  Both are designed by SFS Architecture.

Alligator Creek Aquatic Center
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2019 Ride MS


I’ve been posting my yearly appeal for MS donations as though it were a recurring nightmare, a giant Band-Aid to be torn off fast to minimize pain.

This year I’ve decided to change my approach altogether and go positive!  Hence the bunny.  I feel very grateful and happy and blessed every summer to receive contributions, so I think it’s only right and fair that my most excellent and gracious contributors feel the same.

I really truly appreciate all the support my donors have shown me over the years—and in some cases decades—and hope they’ll continue again this year.  And for first timers seeing this, I hope you’ll join us.  The MS ride is a wonderful event fighting an awful affliction.

To those new to Ride MS, it’s a bicycle ride that takes a couple thousand bikers from Garmin headquarters in Olathe, KS and winds us around to Lawrence.  The 1st day is a century (hundred mile ride), the second can be as much as 85 miles (I think…) but I’m opting for the 37 mile option.  No need for heroics.

Thank you in advance!

Here’s a handy link: