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Getty Initiative Explores Los Angeles’ Architectural History

Posted on: May 24th, 2013 by Lauren Walser

 

LAX Theme building at night. Credit: Thomas Hawk, Flickr
LAX Theme building at night

Every now and then, when I tell someone I live in Los Angeles and work for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, I’ll get a perplexing response: “What’s historic in Los Angeles? What is there to preserve?”

Where to begin?

For the next couple months, I will point any skeptics I meet to the current Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.

Following on the heels of the expansive Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980, the 2011-12 Getty initiative that examined the birth of the city’s art scene, this latest collaborative event is slightly smaller in scope, with 11 exhibitions at nine different venues throughout the region, plus an array of programming and events hosted by leading cultural institutions, including biking, driving, and walking tours; lectures and panel discussions; performances; films; and more.

And all to celebrate Southern California’s modern architectural heritage.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

 

Residence of Hon. John Goetz Jr. c. 1890. Credit: Save Clifton Heights
Residence of Hon. John Goetz Jr., c. 1890

A 19th-century mansion in Cincinnati’s Clifton Heights neighborhood faces possible demolition, and local residents and university students have banded together in an effort to save it.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

Hurricane-Battered Church Still in Need of Repairs

Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by Lauren Walser 1 Comment

 

Kadesh A. M. E. Zion Church, Edenton, Chowan County. Credit: B. Garrett, "Kadesh A. M. E. Zion Church, Edenton, Chowan County," State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Built Heritage of North Carolina: Historic Architecture in the Old North State, North Carolina State University, Libraries, Special Collections Research Center
Kadesh A. M. E. Zion Church, Edenton, Chowan County. Credit: B. Garrett, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Built Heritage of North Carolina: Historic Architecture in the Old North State, North Carolina State University, Libraries, Special Collections Research Center

Hurricane Isabel ravaged the East Coast nearly a decade ago, and in Edenton, N.C., its effects are still seen at the Kadesh African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

Spanning an entire block on East Gale Street, the church complex sustained such significant damage from the 2003 storm that it was deemed unsafe for parishioners to continue worshiping there.

“Now it’s just kind of sitting there, an empty shell,” says Sam Dixon, a local attorney and an adviser to the National Trust who has long been rallying for the restoration of the church.

Congregants moved to another venue across town, but as Dixon says, “They’re ready to go home.”... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

Uncertain Future (and Contentious Past) for Kansas City Church

Posted on: May 10th, 2013 by Lauren Walser

 

Elevation from street level of St. John the Divine Church in Kansas City, Kan. Credit: Daniel Serda
Elevation from street level of St. John the Divine Church in Kansas City, Kan.

Once the center of the Mexican-American Catholic community in the Argentine neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan., today, St. John the Divine Catholic Church faces possible demolition.
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

 

Global Tree Project. Credit: Shinji Turner-Yamamoto

When Osaka-born artist Shinji Turner-Yamamoto stepped into the abandoned 1895 Holy Cross Church in Cincinnati, he got goose bumps. He knew that it was there, among the crumbling plaster and peeling paint, that he would create his next art installation.

“Hanging Garden,” as seen in the slideshow below, is one of 11 site-specific art installations that make up Turner-Yamamoto’s Global Tree Project. Other installations have been created at the Sutra Hall of the 8th-century Kiyomizu Temple, a garden in New Delhi, the Mongolian Gobi Desert, and a ruined folly on a cliff overlooking the Celtic Sea.

While he seeks to forge connections between his viewers and the natural world, in the case of “Hanging Garden,” he also created a striking connection with a historic building. We talked with Turner-Yamamoto, who now splits his time between Cincinnati and Washington, D.C., to find out why he was drawn to the church, what he hopes to inspire in viewers, and why he considers it important to save historic places.

(Please note that no trees were harmed or killed in the installation of this work.)... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.