Preservation Round-Up: "What if he's in my outhouse?" Edition

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 by David Garber

An old outhouse in the gold rush ghost town of Bodie, California. (Photo: Jim Bahn on Flickr)

Lafayette woman excavates old outhouse to unearth unexpected treasuresLongmont Times-Call

"While excavating her home's old outhouse pit, Rebecca Schwendler set down her trowel and picked up the phone after unearthing what looked like two human finger bones and the top of a human thigh bone. "I thought 'Oh, my god. What if he's in my outhouse?'" Schwendler said, referring to a reputed unsolved murder in Lafayette in 1927..."

Relics of industrial past pose thorny preservation problem - Associated Press

"When Mary Lynne and Dan Kautz chose a place to hold their wedding reception, they didn't book a grand ballroom in some pricey hotel or a lavish suburban catering hall. Instead, they picked a crumbling, decrepit former train station in a run-down neighborhood on Buffalo's east side."

And the winner of Rethinking Preservation is... - Dwell

"The Union Depot in Keokuk, Iowa, by renowned turn-of-the-20th-century Chicago architectural firm Burnham and Root. We would like to congratulate Christen Sundquist, the architectural do-gooder who submitted the winning entry. Christen, a historic preservation graduate student at the Art Institute of Chicago, says she entered the competition with the high hopes that The Depot might be returned to its past grandeur."

Time finally runs out for historic ex-synagogue: City to proceed with demolition after owners relent - WBEZ Chicago

"Demolition would bring an end to a 99-year-old building that played key roles in North Lawndale's days as a predominantly Jewish community and its following decades as an African American neighborhood. Built for $100,000 in 1913 and designed by Aroner & Somers, it was among the grandest synagogues along Douglas and Independence boulevards. In the 1960s, as an early home for Friendship Baptist Church, the Rev. Martin Luther King spoke on the building's front steps during his fair housing campaign here."

Cinderellas on Old Striver's Row - Mr. Michael Henry Adams' Style & Taste

"Before there was ever a 'Striver's Row' there was 'The White House', an elegant neo-Classical mansion, on the estate of Archibald Watt, ar West 140th Street, in the center of today's Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard. [...] Among the most handsome century-old houses left in the city when this photograph was made, the Watt-Pinkney mansion surely would have been preserved had it not stood near the center of Manhattan's burgeoning African American settlement in Harlem."

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