Preservation Round-Up: See You Around Edition

Posted on: December 23rd, 2010 by Alex Baca

Now with the American Express touch (photo by Flickr user moritz schmaltz).

Good afternoon, Nation! Here’s your Thursday Preservation Round-Up, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s twice-weekly digest of preservation news and tidbits from around the country. With the approaching holidays, things are slow in the preservation world, but we've still managed to pull together a few links that might strike your fancy.

Restoration efforts on Ellis Island have been the jurisdiction of Save Ellis Island Inc., a non-profit organization that has been working to save 30 buildings that remain on the island. But, the organization got a big boost from American Express (via the National Trust): A $100,000 donation. From New Jersey News: "The grant will be spent on hiring staff and expanding the nonprofit's board of trustees, which is raising the estimated $400 million for the project. 'American Express realized that we needed to build our board of trustees to recognize the scope of the project and hire more people,' said Dorothy Hartman, vice president of programs and planning for Save Ellis Island, in a statement Thursday. Since forming in 1999, the organization has restored the Ferry Building, as well as the Laundry and Hospital Outbuilding. The group has also stabilized other structures to prevent further decay." That's a nice Christmas present, huh? Here's more from Jersey City Independent.

What is a pomegranate doing in the drawing room of James Madison's Montpelier? Here's some photos and a video of the Utah Ice & Storage Warehouse in Salt Lake City. If you want to be an urban planner, US News and World Report thinks it's a good career choice (though there is much dissent in the comments).

And, a personal note: Today is my last day as the National Trust's Online Advocacy intern and thus, this is my last Preservation Round-Up. I've had great fun reading your stories, learning about preservation efforts across the country, and even establishing relationships as I wrote these posts. I'll miss my position and duties at the Trust dearly, and I'll be sure to check in on the blogs and organizations we featured here. But, never fear, the Round-Up will go on!

With that, enjoy your Thursday--and have a happy holiday! Got any tips, news, or otherwise preservation-related fluff? We’d love to include it in the next round. Send us your links on Twitter and Facebook, and maybe you’ll see it here next week!

Alex Baca, a senior at the University of Maryland, is an intern in the Online Communications department at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and also at the Washington City Paper.

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