I suppose it's hard to expect anything different in late July. The slow broil as you walk outside for lunch. The exhaustion. The last minute "make that iced" to the barista. It's hot out there. In today's Preservation Round-Up, take a peek at how people coped before AC was around and what we could probably be doing better now.
The Tenement Museum blog has a great post up about public bath houses in New York City's tenement districts. Built for sanitation, as a way to cool down, and to give tenement-dwellers a taste of middle-to-upper-class life, the bath houses have now been mostly converted for different use. Is this the next generation?
Speaking of cooling down: the Time Tells blog delves into the phenomenon of installing air conditiong in buildings that weren't originally designed for it. Waddya think - are these units messing with historic character or do you even see them anymore?
"...it breaks my heart to see so many possibilities for a great historical property fall victim to neglect or new development. It is always refreshing to see the opposite happen. It is especially refreshing to see it happen to an entire town." Sometimes (always?) it's just nice to see places that really take preservation of aesthetic and historical assets seriously. Old House Web takes a tour of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and is very impressed.
Here's an affirming preservation story from New Jersey. The town of Phillipsburg has come together to support the restoration of what is believed to be the home of John Tabor Kempe, the attorney general of New York during the Revolutionary War. A fund, set up in honor of the man whose dream it was to see the house restored, has been set up that is being used to support an intern from Rutgers University’s Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies program.
People love New Orleans for a thousand different reasons, but the city's eclectic, colorful, and character-filled neighborhoods top the list. Nola.com put together a great profile of the Tremé neighborhood's house styles.Now that you know a little more about the neighborhood, consider buying and renovating this beaut.
The Friends of Minnesota Barns is looking for 2011 Barn of the Year contestants. Have one or know of someone who does? Consider entering for such categories as Most Dramatic Rescue, Best Non-Agricultural Adaptive Re-use, and Most Traditional Restoration.
David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.