Good afternoon, Nation! Here’s your Monday Preservation Round-Up, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s twice-weekly digest of preservation news and tidbits from around the country.
All of us in PreservationNation think that the Philip Johnson Glass House is pretty sweet, but GQ (no, really, that GQ) gives its stamp of approval to the New Canaan, Connecticut landmark in a post on the GQ Eye: "The Glass House is the Walden of modern art. One room. Four clear-glass walls, a bed, a desk. Air, light, rocks, soil. But unlike Thoreau's hermitage, Philip Johnson's house, just forty-five miles from Manhattan, has an open-door policy—so long as you book in advance." So, if the Gentleman's Quarterly has deemed Johnson's abode "the world's coolest country home," is there any chance of a preservationist landing a best-dressed list somewhere?
Speaking of lists, city rankings are always fun to read, but are they even worth it? Next American City says: "How, though, does this fascination with rankings affect cities? For places like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, the answer is probably: It doesn’t. I lived in Chicago when it first topped Forbes’ “most stressful” list and I recall it causing some consternation on local blogs and news shows. But it quickly faded. Very large cities probably don’t need to worry about businesses and would-be residents judging them based on lists." Read more here.
Salt Lake City's Yalecrest community is dealing with a scenario all too familiar to anyone that has the mere capacity to imagine what it must be like to instate a historic district. From the Salt Lake Tribune: "One group wants historic preservation and the other wants something called an “aesthetically pleasing environment,” whatever that means. If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, the two groups engaged in this passionate civil war are from totally different galaxies. And, it should be apparent to city officials that a summer and fall of discontent isn’t bringing them any closer together. In fact, the “nos” are so upset that the city would dare consider making Yalecrest an historic district, having sent the recommendation from the Historic Landmark Commission to the Planning Commission, that they are throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at stopping the process, hiring attorneys and running around the neighborhood with petitions scaring residents to death that they will have to spend $12,000 to replace front windows." Read more here.
Fun-looking signs from Freshwater Cleveland (and some thoughts on "how design bolsters neighborhoods"). Historian for Hire continues his research on Montgomery County, Maryland's eruvim. From Main2, what price is Seattle's skyline? The Tenement Museum, now with podcasts. Yay interns!
With that, enjoy your Monday! Got any tips, news, or otherwise preservation-related fluff? We’d love to include it in the next round. Send us your links on Twitter and Facebook, and maybe you’ll see it here next week!
Alex Baca, a senior at the University of Maryland, is an intern in the Online Communications department at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and also at the Washington City Paper.