News Round-Ups

 

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. In light of the announcement of our new list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places on Wednesday, this week's articles are about the list.

The Factory, West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Hunter Kerhart)
The Factory, West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Hunter Kerhart)

"As Confederate flags come down across the country in the wake of the Charleston shooting, some say that American history is threatened. But a list of endangered historic places released by a respected D.C.-based nonprofit points out that American history transcends that of straight white men -- and often gets overlooked." Washington Post - Here are America’s most endangered historic places

"This year’s winners -- er, losers? -- are diverse: There’s The Factory, an LA nightclub that first rose to prominence as a center for gay culture as Studio One in the 1970s that’s being threatened by condo developers (condo developers are a recurring theme here). Or A.G. Gaston Motel, in Birmingham, Alabama, which served as a meeting place and planning hub for civil rights activists, including Martin Luther King Jr. What about Oak Flat, a National Forest in Arizona that’s now being mined for ore, creating a two-mile-wide crater?" Gizmodo - Go Now, These 11 Historic Places May Soon Be Gone Forever

"The National Trust for Historic Preservation expressed concerns over uranium mining around the Canyon, proposed development near the South Rim and a proposed resort on the Navajo Nation near the park's eastern border. The group added Oak Flat campground to the list over concerns about a proposed Resolution Copper mine." The Arizona Republic - Grand Canyon, Oak Flat added to endangered list

"But in 1974 a gay Beverly Hills eye doctor turned the building into Studio One, which became one of the most celebrated nightclubs in the country. Stars such as Patti LaBelle and Liza Minnelli performed there, and more than 1,000 people would dance under its disco balls and strobe lights. Aside from the legendary parties, Studio One hosted some of the country's first AIDS fundraisers, with entertainers like Joan Rivers helping pack the house." The Advocate - Infamous WeHo Dance Palace On National Trust's Endangered List

"Mayor William Bell is embracing the new listing from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, saying the attention will help advance the city's $10 million plan to restore the building and convert the property into a museum and public policy center. The facility will be known as the Freedom Center." AL.com - Saving history: Birmingham's A.G. Gaston Motel named among nation's 11 most endangered historic places

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

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.

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House, a National Trust Historic Site.

"St. Laurentius Roman Catholic Church in Fishtown moved one crucial step closer to being protected from the wrecking ball today when the Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation unanimously ruled in favor of recommending the Edwin Forrest Durang-designed Gothic sanctuary to be considered for historic designation by the full Commission at their meeting on July 12. Buildings listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places are legally protected from demolition." -- Hidden City Philadelphia: Committee Recommends St. Laurentius For Historic Designation

"As it is, many preservationists worry that Midtown could soon reach a tipping point in which the architectural mix of old and new is lost to a wash of sparkly glass. Of about 36 recently demolished sites that the Historic Districts Council deemed worthy of preservation, 12 were in Midtown." -- New York Times: Midtown’s Vanishing Historic Architecture... 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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

Weekend Reads from Next City, Belt, and More

Posted on: June 5th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation No Comments

 

By Tim Mikulski, Manager, Public Affairs

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 HOPE Crew uses a pit saw and saw trestle to rip new rafter stock from newly hewn material. | Photo credit: Molly Dickerson, Facility Manager Melrose Plantation and Gerald David, GFD Woodworking.
The HOPE Crew uses a pit saw and saw trestle to rip new rafter stock from newly hewn material. | Photo credit: Molly Dickerson, Facility Manager Melrose Plantation and Gerald David, GFD Woodworking.

“Under the guidance of expert timber framers Alicia Spence and Gerry David, the [HOPE] Crew produced all of the replacement timbers on site, using fresh cut Louisiana Cypress logs. This on-site approach made sense for two reasons. First, aesthetically, the building needed to be restored without altering its appearance. Second, few modern mills can cut the long-length material required for this project.” -- Preservation Leadership Forum Blog: Conservation in Action – The African House Roof Restoration

“Tourism is also a doubled-edged sword. On the one hand, it provides communities with many benefits: new jobs, an expanded tax base, enhanced infrastructure, improved facilities and an expanded market for local products. On the other hand, it can create burdens for local communities, such as crowding, traffic congestion, noise, increased crime, and haphazard development. So the question is: how do you maximize the benefits of tourism, while minimizing the problems?” -- Better Cities & Towns: Responsible Tourism... Read More →

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

Weekend Reads from Curbed, BBC News, Building Histories, and More

Posted on: May 29th, 2015 by Sarah Heffern

 

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.

King Street, looking north, Charleston, S.C., c. 1910
King Street in Charleston, S.C., c. 1910

"Until recently, the former clothing store at the southeast corner of King and Mary streets had stood vacant for more than two decades, a most visible symbol of Upper King’s once sad state. Today, the modest brick and stucco building has been resurrected as 492, a chic restaurant space that weaves together the city’s best kind of architecture: a blend of heroic preservation work with clever and complementary new design." -- The Post and Courier: Restaurants a driving force in restoring downtown’s historic buildings... 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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

Weekend Reads from OregonLive, The Kansas City Star, and More

Posted on: May 22nd, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

By Tim Mikulski

Welcome to a recently added feature here at the PreservationNation blog: Weekend Reads, wherein we'll be sharing a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.

Wide sidewalks and historic commercial buildings on Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky.
Wide sidewalks and historic commercial buildings on Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky.

“It’s National Preservation Month once again, and here in Louisville, it’s all too often the case that preservationists find themselves at odds with various development and business interests who quickly dismiss such heritage endeavors as bad for the bottom line. Luckily, we know that preservation and business go hand in hand, and so do a growing number of local entrepreneurs. Take Tim Koons-McGee, for example, the owner of local ice cream parlor The Comfy Cow.” – Broken Sidewalk: Comfy Cow Owner Tim Koons-McGee Talks Historic Preservation and Why It’s Good for His Business

“Preservationists say some 1,700 historic properties across six Portland neighborhoods – and countless others throughout Oregon – may not be protected from demolition without help from the Oregon Supreme Court. Worries are mounting because of a recent Court of Appeals decision involving a historic property in Lake Oswego. Under the ruling, a property owner can overturn regulations to preserve buildings designated as historic if the designation was imposed by a local government.” – OregonLive: Oregon Supreme Court Case May Alter Landscape of Historic Preservation

“The father-son team has been restoring historic homes together for several years, first in Liberty and now in Kansas City, where some 7,000 vacant buildings have been a citywide concern for years. Thanks to these two, there is now one fewer to worry about. ‘We knew the house was in bad shape. What we didn’t know was that the city was targeting it. Within a week after we bought it, we were getting threatening letters from the city saying something needed to be done here,’ Ken says. ‘We don’t blame them. Something did need to be done.’” – The Kansas City Star: Father-Son Restorers Turn Ugly Homes Into Historic Gems

“A project has been launched in California to focus on the state's LGBT history as work advances on a National Historic Landmark LGBTQ Theme Study and proposed framework for the National Park Service. Called California Pride: Mapping LGBTQ Histories, the online, crowdsourced archive will feature, according to organizers, the ‘memories, stories, and images related to sites throughout the Golden State associated with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer experience.’” – The Bay Area Reporter: CA LGBT History Project Launches

“The [North Carolina] budget inserts the historic preservation tax credit of House Bill 152, which passed the House in March but has languished in the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee, which rarely meets. The recommendation is for a 15 percent tax credit for qualified expenditures up to $10 million, a 10 percent tax credit for qualified expenditures between $10 million and $20 million, and a small credit for structures that don’t produce income...The historic preservation tax credits have been instrumental in several revitalization projects in downtown Winston-Salem, with a combined capital investment value of more than $700 million.” – Winston-Salem Journal: Plan Would Restore Historic Preservation, Medical Expense Exemptions

"Pictures of the architectural splendours of Palmyra make it plain how desperately this place needs to be preserved. And if anyone thinks there’s a difference between saving stone and saving people, look on the faces of the ancient Palmyrans. The past is not a remote place. It is the mirror of ourselves. To cherish history and art is to care about the future." – The Guardian: Palmyra: is saving priceless antiquity as important as saving people?

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.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

 

Welcome to a recently added feature here at the PreservationNation blog: Weekend Reads, wherein we'll be sharing a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.

The staff at Indiana Landmarks says #ThisPlacesMatters about the Indiana Landmarks Center.
The staff at Indiana Landmarks says #ThisPlacesMatters about the Indiana Landmarks Center.

"Yes, but in our architectural firm we felt increasingly uncomfortable with the obligation to constantly surpass ourselves. Then we embraced the theme of preservation. It requires intelligence, precision and creativity -- and there's no expectation that we'll be making a huge splash. Conversions are more about concepts than effects." Rem Koolhaas Interview: 'We Shouldn't Tear Down Buildings We Can Still Use' (Spiegel Online)

"To me, preservation is about celebrating the evolution of a building, and working to ensure it remains a viable part of its neighborhood, while maintaining (as best as possible) the historic integrity of the site." Celebrating Change: The Growth of a Kentucky Log House (Gardens to Gables)

"Historic preservation is a conversation with our past about our future. It provides us with opportunities to ask, 'What is important in our history?' and 'What parts of our past can we preserve for the future?'" The National Park Service & Historic Preservation (Yes, this is not really an article, but it's hard to resist the lovely new preservation website from our friends at the National Park Service.)

"Asheville's many breweries are popular gathering spots for cold beer and good conversation. But almost without exception, every brewery building here once had a different life. They were stores, a car dealership, an auto parts shop, a cinema, a movie studio and more. They had all been discarded before being reclaimed to make and sell beer." Where beer, history collide: Breweries give old buildings new life (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Bonus:
Follow #beersavesplaces on Twitter and Instagram for more stories and photos of breweries in historic buildings.

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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.