Preservation Round-Up: Beachfront Beax-Arts Edition

Posted on: October 24th, 2011 by David Garber 2 Comments

The 1927 Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial is in danger of being demolished. (Photo: Flickr user Waikiki Natatorium)

As I was compiling the stories for today's Preservation Round-Up, I was struck by the diversity of places, buildings, and things reported on across the country. Below you'll find links about a beachfront swimming stadium in Hawaii, sleek, modern houses on both coasts, the meticulous preservation of a 200-year old Boston Federal, the ongoing discussion of "gentrification" and how to justly rebuild neighborhoods, and even those roadside "Welcome to" signs. But what struck me in particular about the diversity was that simplest of points: these are the kinds of places and buildings and things that give depth to America's story -- however simple or small or silly they or the causes they represent may seem on their own.

In Honolulu, Hawaii, preservationists are rallying to save the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium, a beachfront swimming stadium built in 1927 and designed in the Hawaiian Beax-Arts style.

From the New York Times: "Ever wonder how Philip Johnson managed to live in a fishbowl? If he needed a nap, he sometimes walked across the lawn from his famous Glass House in New Canaan, Conn., to the lesser-known Brick House, where an upholstered bedroom, like something from the Arabian Nights, awaited."

Great news in Beverly Hills! The 1955 Richard Neutra-designed Kronish House, which was previously featured in a Round-Up, has been purchased by new owners that plan to restore the modernist home.

The restoration of Boston's Anna Clapp Harris Smith House is chugging along, with the restored facade now almost finished.

From Kaid Benfield on Atlantic Cities: "Fashioning the more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable cities of the future will require more, not less, revitalization and more, not fewer, new residents. But it will also require providing high-quality affordable housing in neighborhoods where revitalization is occurring. It will require bringing existing residents to the table early and often in the planning process, but to help shape good neighborhood development, not to prevent it."

Anyone out there preserving highway-side welcome signs?

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He can be found on twitter at @GarberDC.

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2 Responses

  1. annalee allen

    October 24, 2011

    I hope the rumor I heard that the National Trust Western Office in SF is closing is NOT true.

    Can we start a petition or something? Please don’t close the SF office.

  2. Sarah Heffern
    Sarah Heffern

    October 26, 2011

    Hi, Annalee. We will still have staff in San Francisco, though rather than working out of the “Western Office,” they will now be the “San Francisco Field Office.” The team will not be as large as in the past, but will continue the work of the National Trust in northern California.
    -Sarah Heffern, blog editor