Preservation Round-Up: This Old (Ranch) House Edition

Posted on: August 22nd, 2011 by David Garber 1 Comment


Garlinghouse No. 8310. (Photo: Flickr user SportSuburban)

Good afternoon, preservationists! Here are a few preservation-related links we found especially interesting in the last week:

In the article "Plain, Common...and Historic? Fans Seek to Preserve Ranch Houses," The Wall Street Journal explores recent efforts to save America's ubiquitous symbols of mid-century suburbia.

Building restoration as healing method? Read about this hidden small-town opera house (now for sale) that played a healing role in the life of its owner.

Color me slightly jealous... and hungry. Lancaster Online profiled the new coworking space in downtown Lancaster's old Keppel candy factory. WiFi + jars of candy = yes, please.

Speaking of candy, here's a fantastic video tour of Catalina Island's history and the hilltop Wrigley mansion, by a woman named Ally who should definitely have her own TV show:

Remember Chicago's Prentice Women's Hospital from this year's list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places? Two exhibits are opening next month featuring the threatened building's architect, Bertrand Goldberg. The first show, "Bertrand Goldberg: Reflections," opens on Friday, September 16, at the Arts Club of Chicago. The second show, "Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention," will debut on Saturday, September 17 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Check out Apple's plans for a new store in New York City's Grand Central Terminal. Turns out they've done a great job of bringing their signature clean and modern look without compromising the grand architecture of the site.

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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One Response

  1. Patty Dean

    August 22, 2011

    Great WSJ article on the ranch house but Mr. League, whose ranch house is on the NR, may have been misquoted regarding NR staff & what an NR listing does/does not do. A similar misconception was also published in an otherwise excellent NY Times article on the positive aspects of retaining historic windows a few weeks ago. Such errors in widely-read publications & newspaper(s) of record should be called to the editor’s attention as they only serve to reinforce popular misconceptions.