By Tim Mikulski
Welcome to Weekend Reads at the PreservationNation blog, wherein we share a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.
“The Veterans Memorial Coliseum, a massive modernist indoor arena in Portland, Oregon, is facing the ultimate existential crisis as City Council considers a demolition, partial upgrade, or total restoration (which could cost $65M more than the project budget.) Meanwhile, a community organization called Friends of Memorial Coliseum has been mounting a strong case for preserving the structure. Their argument, now articulated in a thorough sub-three-minute video, boils down to the building's architectural and cultural significance.” -- Curbed: To Save or to Raze – SOM’s Modernist Arena in Portland
“An art deco train station opened here to nationwide acclaim during the Great Depression, built by two renowned railroad architects a mile and a half from downtown. The station’s use peaked during World War II, but as trains gave way to planes and automobiles, the station fell into disuse and disrepair. That changed about 20 years ago, when Cincinnati turned the architectural marvel into the city’s largest cultural attraction – the renamed Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal...Many people in Buffalo yearn for that same outcome at the city’s Central Terminal. Both art deco stations share much in common, such as the same architects, Alfred T. Fellheimer and Steward Wagner, and the decline up to and after Amtrak left both stations in the 1970s. But that’s where the similarities end.” -- The Buffalo News: Transforming An Old Rail Station Into a Vital Cultural Center
“A national monument designation would mark the significance of this place where our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, developed a keen appreciation and respect for our country’s remarkable natural and cultural beauty. Roosevelt’s passion for the outdoors is now a part of our culture and his enthusiasm is embraced and shared by naturalists and Americans throughout our country. The vision for Elkhorn Ranch that we presented to the Billings County Commission is a proposal for congressional designation of a national monument managed by the U.S. Forest Service that would recognize all valid existing rights and traditional land uses like hunting, grazing and ranching.” -- The Bismarck Tribune: Setting the Record Straight on Elkhorn Ranch National Monument
“These days, buyers want new houses or those in move-in condition, preferring a bigger mortgage to a large rehab budget, local agents said...There is a market for older homes ‘as long as they are updated and in good condition,’ [Real Estate Office Owner John] Duffy said. Yet he said that if a property is ‘registered historic,’ most municipalities limit the changes that can be made and require prior official approval, which can scare off buyers. Most sellers understand that buyers want the house to be updated or ‘they will either walk away or come in with a very low offer,’ he said.” -- The Philadelphia Inquirer: Demand for Historic Houses Not What It Was
“When embarking on a campaign to save a historic resource, it is very important to document and share your progress. Otherwise, people won’t know what you are doing! In this post, we will look more closely into why documenting your campaign is important and share lessons we have learned from our ongoing campaign to save the James River from Dominion Virginia Power’s proposed transmission line project near historic Jamestown.” -- Preservation Leadership Blog: Down to The Wire – The Importance of Documenting Your Campaign
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