Preservation Round-Up: Taliesin West Goes Greener Edition

Posted on: February 27th, 2012 by David Garber

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo: lumierefl on Flickr)

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West Goes Greener - ABC News

"Starting next month, construction will start at the National Historic Landmark, located in Scottsdale, Ariz., in an effort to bring down - and possibly eliminate - the sprawling compound's energy costs. A handful of Arizona companies are donating 4,000 solar panels, replacing 5,000 light bulbs and making the roofs and windows more energy efficient."

How Houston is Getting its Groovy Back - Houston Chronicle

"Los Angeles, Miami and Phoenix brag about their collections of fashionable mid-century modern buildings: goofy Googie coffee shops, sleek International Style high-rises, revived ranch-house neighborhoods and groovy office buildings. But as renewed love for the genre spreads in Houston, and buildings from that era receive the TLC and recognition they deserve, it's becoming clear that our stock of mid-century modern architecture rivals and, in many cases, beats that of other cities."

Faneuil Hall Marketplace Makeover Planned - The Boston Globe

"After acquiring the 63-year ground lease for Boston’s famed marketplace, Ashkenazy said it expected to make improvements to the property, bring in new retail concepts, and uphold the center’s longstanding commitment to showcasing local artisan talent. The last major renovation took place in the late 1990s when the original developer, The Rouse Co., added four restaurants to anchor Quincy Market, built bathrooms on the second floor, and enhanced signage."

Ernest Hemingway's Boyhood Home is For Sale - Chicago Tribune

"The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park has placed the legendary author’s boyhood home in Oak Park up for sale for $525,000. Built in 1906, the house was designed by architect Henry G. Fiddelke with help from from Hemingway’s mother, Grace Hall Hemingway."

All Steamed Up - Hidden City Philadelphia

"The phrase “hulking building” is often used when describing Philadelphia’s former industrial structures, grand abandoned hotels, and so on. Yet perhaps there is one huge/forsaken/troubled building that best exemplifies what a hulking building is in Philly: the Willow Street Steam Generation Plant."

David Garber is the blog editor at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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