The view towards Denver's capitol building. (Photo: Flickr user Jim Nix)
Having spent some quality time in Denver last month, I had the chance to enjoy views of Denver's golden capitol building from all sides. Second only to the mountains that surround it, the building's shimmering dome is a real jewel in the middle of the city. Starting in January, the dome and central rotunda will be hidden behind a gauze of scaffolding to facilitate a major restoration. Watch this video for more information on the restoration and the current "age and elements"-related damage to the structure:
Speaking of restoration... the city of San Francisco finally allowed a homeowner to keep a vintage "Drink Coca-Cola" sign of the side of their house, despite complaints by some that it violates advertising laws. Old House Web blogged about the matter, asking if there's a vintage value to old painted advertisements.
John Wayne had a boat. And that boat has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Docked in Newport Harbor, California, the vessel was first used as a minesweeper during World War II.
Not so great news: the University of Minnesota is in the process of demolishing Westbrook Hall, which was built in 1898 for the university's medical school.
When I think of my favorite classrooms, they aren’t the ones with fancy rolling chairs and individual plug-ins at each seat or pure concrete with no windows (though these classrooms have their place in the history of education as well). My favorite classrooms are the wood-floored, radiator heated, walls peeling different colors of paint from years gone by. They are the ones with character, and losing that, is losing the feeling that there is a history at the school I put so much faith in.
Great news: Historic Boston and Roslindale Village Main Streets have teamed up to propose a new use for the southwest Boston neighborhood's old park-facing substation: as a function hall and events space. What a fantastic building!
David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.