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World Trade Center Model to Get New Home

Posted on: January 16th, 2009 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

Tthe last authentic 3-dimensional representation of the World Trade Center complex. (Photo: Lee Stalworth)

The last authentic 3-dimensional representation of the World Trade Center complex. (Photo: Lee Stalworth)

This past week, the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) announced it will loan its iconic architectural model of the World Trade Center to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. This original presentation model was built by the office of project architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986) between 1969 and 1971 to provide the Port Authorities of New York and New Jersey a to-scale sense of the planned project. It is the last authentic 3-dimensional representation of the World Trade Center complex—the only other that remained was on display at the bottom of the Towers and destroyed with the buildings. Like most architectural models, it was not built with the intention of a permanent existence, but rather, to temporarily illustrate the scope of Yamasaki’s controversial yet extraordinary architectural and engineering feat. This model, more than any other, symbolizes the skyscraper, a building style indigenous to America-- but while architecturally and historically valuable on its own merit, its significance and symbolic importance dramatically increased following the events of 9/11.

The Memorial and Museum will remember and honor those who perished in the horrific attacks of 1993 and 2001. Through a sensitive presentation of artifacts and intimate stories of loss, compassion, recovery and reckoning, it will communicate key messages to tell the story of September 11th and its aftermath. When the museum opens in 2012, the World Trade Center model will be an integral component and serve as a visual reminder and emotional symbol for all people and nations around the world of the tragedy that occurred on 9/11.

Like historic photographs, drawings and scrapbooks, architectural records are an important part of America’s historic legacy. They help trace the architectural development of our nation’s cities and towns, and reflect contributions of American ingenuity, creativity and innovation. This World Trade Center model is huge. Measuring eight feet by ten feet at the base, with the twin towers rising over seven feet high, it vividly demonstrates the sheer size and mass of the original site. Built to accurately resemble the towers, every detail was considered. The model was even painted with a special gloss to produce a shiny appearance and illustrate the towers’ extraordinary and unique cladding system. Primarily made of wood, plaster, plastic and paper, tiny, finely crafted pieces were cast from specially designed and milled brass molds and injected with special plastics. Each piece was designed to fit a specific area and was individually painted and affixed by hand. The model is testimony to the extraordinary talent and craftsmanship of the art of model fabrication thirty years ago.

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My Historic Washington: Anacostia

Posted on: January 16th, 2009 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 4 Comments

 

Greetings From Anacostia: Our Postcard View of the Capitol and the National Mall

I have lived in the D.C. area for over eight years, but I am still a newbie to Anacostia.

If you are at all familiar with the District and its many neighborhoods, you probably know that a raised eyebrow and a look of disbelief is a common reaction when you hear someone say, "I just moved to Anacostia." However, as someone new to the area, I am proud to report that those reactions are finally changing. Now I get, "Oh, really great things are happening there," or "Good for you, very smart investment."

It would be dishonest of me to pretend like these promising predictions did not factor into my decision-making process before purchasing a home here with my partner. But truth be told, there are many great reasons to consider making Anacostia your home or at least a stop on your tour of Washington. Here are just four of them:

  1. The View: Most of Anacostia is situated on high ground, affording us some of the best views of Washington. In fact, the photo above was taken on my own roof-top deck.
  2. The Neighborhood: My neighbors - young and old - always look me in the eye as I walk to the Metro and take a moment to say "hello" or "good morning." That's not something you get in other neighborhoods.
  3. The Green Space: Anacostia is full of parkland, bike trails and recreation areas.
  4. The Sense of Place: There is a sense here of being a part of history as it is taking place, a progression of positive growth and renewal for a historic community. Check out our riverfront project at Poplar Point to see for yourself.

So, if you are like many of my D.C. friends who comment that they haven’t been to Anacostia since they took that "wrong turn a few years ago," please consider taking another look. We have a blossoming Main Street program, the historic Fredrick Douglass House, the Honfleur Art Gallery (a project of ARCH, a community-based non-profit in Anacostia) and the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum.

I am proud to call Anacostia home because I am part of a neighborhood that is looking to the future for the positive, sustainable growth that will give our overlooked gem its chance to shine.

– Lisa Turgeon-Williams

Lisa Turgeon-Williams is the manager of product development for National Trust Tours. Stay tuned leading up to the inauguration as more National Trust staffers share their stories about the greater D.C. area. Coming to town for the historic event? Be sure to visit our new Preservationist’s Guide to Washington.

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Lincoln Sculpture Model is En Route to Washington

Posted on: January 16th, 2009 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Two of the models of Lincoln sculpted by Daniel Chester French. The larger of the two will be on loan to the National Gallery of Art.

Two of the models of Lincoln sculpted by Daniel Chester French. The larger of the two will be on loan to the National Gallery of Art.

Take out a five dollar bill and you’ll see one of the most iconic buildings in America depicted on the back: the Lincoln Memorial. Each year, more than four million visitors make the pilgrimage to the Memorial in Washington, DC, walking along the reflecting pool and up a great flight of stairs into an immense temple. There, they confront an enormous seated marble figure who radiates dignity and wisdom. Now this is a place that matters.

For the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, the National Gallery of Art will open a special exhibit on this building on February 12. Designing the Lincoln Memorial: Daniel Chester French and Henry Bacon will explore the making of the statue and the Memorial, the careers of sculptor Daniel Chester French and architect Henry Bacon, and the role the Lincoln Memorial has played in American life. On loan from Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will be the six-foot high plaster final model of the statue. This is only the second time this model has been allowed to travel from the site. Even though it comes apart in seven pieces, it’s still big and fragile so a special crew from the National Gallery of Art will crate and transport the sculpture from Massachusetts to Washington, DC. Along with this exhibit, the enormous gilt Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (French’s contemporary) and the American paintings galleries are returning to public view after nearly two years of renovations. (Read the full release on the loan of the sculpture.)

This year will be a great one to visit Washington, DC, but do visit Chesterwood in western Massachusetts during the summer. Daniel Chester French chose the site for the views and it continues to be a very special place, especially in combination with his home and studio filled with his sculpture, a contemporary sculpture show on the grounds, formal gardens, and woodlands. The place has hardly changed—the road in front is still unpaved!

Here are my suggestions for a nice long weekend in Stockbridge, Massachusetts: visit Chesterwood, the Norman Rockwell Museum, and Naumkeag to get your fill of art and architecture; walk around downtown to enjoy an historic Main Street (Lightworks Arts and Crafts Gallery is topnotch, the First Congregational Church is wonderfully rustic, and the stone horse trough that survives is charming); and finally have a great dinner at the Red Lion Inn (and a good place to stay as well: it’s a Historic Hotel of America). If you’re a food lover, look for Berkshire Blue cheese at a local market—it’s among the best I’ve tasted.

-- Max van Balgooy

Max van Balgooy is the director of interpretation and education for National Trust Historic Sites.

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Tonight, in Birmingham: Preservation Solutions for Prince Hall Grand Lodge Masonic Temple

Posted on: January 16th, 2009 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

Prince Hall Grand Lodge Masonic Temple

Prince Hall Grand Lodge Masonic Temple

Another Preservation Leadership Training comes to an end. This past week has been incredible and Birmingham has been a wonderful host. We have seen the magnificence of Vulcan, and the somber in Kelly Ingram Park. Most of all our participants have worked long and hard to produce solutions for the Prince Hall Grand Lodge Masonic Temple which is located in the 4th Avenue Historic District. Don't forget come to our public presentations at Prince Hall Grand Lodge at 5:30pm today.

On Thursday Donovan Rypkema of Place Economics and David Flemming of Main Street Birmingham did an interview with the local Fox News Station, click here to view that video and to catch a glimpse of the Masonic Temple.

- Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya is the program assistant for training & online services in the Center for Preservation Leadership.

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Three Thousand Miles from my Napa Valley Home

Posted on: January 15th, 2009 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

Three thousand miles from my Napa Valley hometown, I have landed in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. Like thirty five other country-wide preservation leadership participants, we have all come to learn more, network a bit and for some of us, begin to better understand the extraordinary civil rights history to be found in this city. To that, history may be seen and felt from the wrenching events that took place but 48 years ago.

Barbeque from Dreamland.

Barbeque from Dreamland.

For me though, a micro fruit farmer and culinary focused Californian, my attention is also food-focused. On this trip that attention will focus on the culinary traditions of the deep south, truly a unique and distinguishable cultural pathway. So what do regional food traditions have to do with preservation?
On a historical basis, we saw civilizations evolving, dominating and being defined based upon natural resource availability. Agriculture was king, eating was (and is) fundamental. It is the ghost of those past landscapes, economies and food resources that have come to define the food traditions that we now rely upon, that we seek out on a daily subconscious basis.

Fresh, juicy pig lips.

Fresh, juicy pig lips.

In the south, you see the legacy and evolution of African-American food traditions: b-b-que, greens, fried chicken, lots of pork, stews, preserved meats and vegetables and unique gravies. This legacy has defined the African American southern food tradition; a reflection of place, experience and history. These traditions have been brought forward as the new wave of Birmingham cooking manifests itself in hip restaurants that bring elements of old, new and fresh all together.

Macaroni and cheese and pulled pork sandwiches at Dreamland.

Macaroni and cheese and pulled pork sandwiches at Dreamland.

I have seen these most delicious plates of living history, from pulled pork sandwiches with macaroni and cheese to ribs, trigger fish with turnips, coconut cake and peanut butter ice cream using local peanuts. Put simply, food can quickly tell you where you are. And if you want to understand where you are, go back 100 years and you will begin to really understand why that turnip is on your plate next to the boiled greens and chopped pork.

So if preservation has to do with celebrating, revitalizing and educating, than surely this must include realizing that the very foods we pick, eat and enjoy have a long story to tell as well. And like an endangered church, bridge or house, we can easily loose the very food traditions which so subtly but surely defined place and culture.

Yes, there is history to food. Bon appétit.

-- Wendy Ward

Wendy Ward is the director of Preservation Napa Valley, she also has an extensive background in sustainable farming and is the current owner of a micro-farm. She is a participant in this year’s Preservation Leadership Training in Birmingham, Alabama. If you are in Birmingham on Friday, January 17, 2009 please attend the public presentations which will take place at 5:30 at the Prince Hall Grand Lodge in Birmingham, Alabama. Click here to view the flier. For more information on PLT visit our website.

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.

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