News Round-Ups


Victorian England's Mobile Homes: Hurricanes are no joke when it comes to their destructive power. Here at the National Trust, we've been all over the current season, and are still very active in Gulf Coast relief efforts due to Katrina's wrath over three years ago. What if, instead of watching your beach house wash away into the ocean, you simply drove it away to higher ground? Landscape architecture blog Pruned uses an example from Victorian prudishness to highlight the possibilities. [Pruned]

Hollywood and Period Landscapes: Major studios love incorporating dramatic, sweeping landscapes into their films, and the use of such backgrounds is both popular and helpful when highlighting specific historic periods and scenes. Architecture and environment blog a456 examines the "visual language used to depict the natural and built environments of the 19th and 20th century." [a456]

Reuse, or "Contained Use" in Historic Buildings: In response to Cathleen McGuigan's recent Newsweek article, "The Bad News About Green Architecture," Laura Keeney Zavala from the Landmark Society of Western New York points out an important issue that McGuigan overlooked--adaptive re-use and preservation. [Confessions of a Preservationist]

Green Modernism in La Defense: International firm Valode and Pistre have completed a design for the Generali tower, a huge new office building in the Paris business district making a name for itself in sustainable architecture in addition to economic prosperity. [Inhabitat]

Frank Lloyd Wright On, Well Pretty Much Everything: In a 1957 interview with Mike Wallace (and plenty of cigarette smoke), the famed architect covered organized religion, war, mercy killing, art, critics, his mile-high skyscraper, America's youth, sex, morality, politics, nature, and death. [The Harry Ransom Center: UT-Austin]

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The Presidential Campaign of 1864: It's hard to escape the political ads and punditry of this election season, but what was it like for presidential campaigns of the nineteenth century? Lincoln's last summer spent at his presidential cottage in northwest DC was an election year, and he used his time there to rest as well as to mobilize his campaign. [President Lincoln's Cottage]

The Other Side of "Green Architecture": Wait, not everyone is excited over the green architecture trend? Cathleen McGuigan discusses the trendiness in constructing green buildings and how the hype often detracts from building truly sustainable structures. [Newsweek]

Are Historic Sites prepared for Disasters?: With the current hurricane season in full force, it's important to keep in mind that historic homes and sites are also affected by rising water, wind and debris. Max van Balgooy takes a look at disaster planning for historic sites. [National Trust Historic Sites Weblog]

Galveston Today: Confessions of a Preservationist collected a few images from the aftermath of hurricane Ike in the city of Galveston. [Confessions of a Preservationist]

Chinatown--The Next Lower East Side?: Development in New York's Chinatown has some crying "gentrification," and fearing an ensuing hipster invasion. Others see the neighborhood's potential for smart growth and new types of business as a way to cater to the next generation. [Time Out New York]

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Twenty Most Sustainable Cities: Ethisphere looks at 20 "Global Sustainability Centers," weighing factors such as economies, populations, cultural activities, universities, international recognition, and most importantly "they also needed to have a plan in place that will shift their bulky, mega-hub selves onto an environmentally sustainable path so that by 2020 (the future, if you will), they will be sustainability role models." [Ethisphere]

Modernism in Greensboro: The "Gate City" has developed a reputation as a center of Modernism in the southeast. [Greensboro's Treasured Places]

Interpreting Slavery at Historic Sites: With the inclusion of "history from below" into many historic sites and museums, topics such as slavery need to be interpreted alongside more traditional areas. Max Van Balgooy details the strategies for interpreting these unique histories laid out at a recent meeting of the America Association for State and Local History, held in Rochester, NY. [National Trust Historic Sites]

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Memorial Stadium - Greensboro

Memorial Stadium - Greensboro

Greensboro's Memorial Stadium at a Crossroads: Serving the Greensboro baseball community from 1926 until 2004, Memorial Stadium is facing the question that many historic stadiums face--what to do? Ideas of adaptive reuse are being tossed around in a city known for reusing existing structures for other purposes. In 1984, the Wafco Mill Complex in College hill was converted into residential units and a civic center completed in 2006 was at one time the Southern Railway Depot. [Greensboro's Treasured Places]

New England's Football Mall: The NFL season kicked off this weekend and Patriot fans can now enjoy a trip to Bass Pro Shops, Circuit City and other retailers while tailgating this fall. Team owner Robert Kraft footed the bill for a $300 Million shopping mall addition to Gillette stadium in Foxboro, Mass. While it's become common for a professional sports stadium to offer stores to gameday visitors, the Patriots organization is hoping that Patriot Place will act as a draw well into the offseason. Hopefully the new mall will give Pats' fans something to be excited about this season--and relief from the oftentimes harsh realities of pro football. [NPR]

Getting Her Kicks on Route 96: Preservationist Rebecca Rowe discusses the benefits of straying from the beaten path and discovering heritage travel along the way. New York State's Route 96 curves southeast from Rochester through the Finger Lakes region, offering some scenic views and small town flavors. [Confessions of a Preservationist]

Lincoln Bicentennial Activities Are Heating Up: Get your tickets to visit the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln's presidency aside from the White House. Tour tickets for President Lincoln's Cottage are now available for January through June of 2009. Reserve your spot online now and celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday at his Presidential retreat. [President Lincoln's Cottage Blog]

Post Katrina Housing Shortage is Still a Problem: With New Orleans bracing itself for another hurricane over the past week, it's important to remember that the effects of Katrina in 2005 are still an ongoing issue. [Mother Jones]

Lower Eastside Tenanment Museum's New Website: The National Trust Historic Site has recently redesigned their website, offering exciting new means of interpreting the history of New York's immigrant experience. [National Trust Historic Sites Weblog]

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Ferris Wheels and Shikinen Sengu: Preservation Wayne looks at the replacement of historic landmarks, and how this can affect their surroundings. While die-hard preservationists may lament over the loss of a historic building, Wayne acknowledges that appropriate rebuilding can enhance the surviving buildings and areas. [Preservation Wayne]

Historic College Hill: Like any other institution of higher learning, UNC-Greensboro is rapidly growing and in need of expanding in order to accommodate. Standing in the way of at least one phase of this expansion is a small residential area named College Hill--a National Register designated neighborhood. [Preservation Greensboro]

The Old House and the Sea: Clinghouse--a century-old mansion built on a rock in  Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay--has quite a unique history. [New York Times]

10 Myths About Abraham Lincoln: Slaves? Depression? Lovers? President Lincoln's Cottage addresses some of the most widespread rumors surrounding our 16th President. [President Lincoln's Cottage]

Marlan Blackwell's Arkansas House: A fire-damaged property gets an sleek, modern redesign. [ModernTulsa]

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Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Pentagram Architects

Milwaukee's New Harley-Davidson Museum and the Creation of Public Space: Built within a reclaimed industrial area along the Menomonee River, the design of the Harley-Davidson Museum seeks to "integrate the site back into the city; respect and reflect the site's history; make the water an important recreational element and plan for future development." With these goals in mind, Pentagram Architects have "developed an urban design that essentially restored the area's lost street grid and, by doing this, connected the site to the surrounding city by giving it a scale and 'grain' that felt like a neighborhood within the city." The design of the Museum and its surrounding area offers a public space fit for the street-level rally atmosphere of places like Sturgis—whose weeklong rally begins today—and widespread amongst bike culture. [Wheels: The New York Times Blogs]

Sustainability and Historic Resources: Sustainability is all about using the resources we already have in a smarter, more efficient manner. Did you know that 48% of US greenhouse gas emissions come from the construction, operation and demolition of buildings? Preserving our existing built resources can be an effective way to help with climate control. The city of Boulder, Colorado has recently revised its Green Building code, acknowledging the link between preservation and sustainability. [PreserveNJ]

Montpelier Restoration Update: The "Father of the Constitution's" Orange, Virginia estate continues its restoration project. Included in this update is a video of architectural research director Gardiner Hallock installing rosettes in the Drawing Room, and photos of the recreated "Madison Road" leading up to the mansion. [Montpelier Restoration Updates]

Las Cruces, New Mexico--The Museum of Expensive Mistakes in Downtown Revitalization: Pedestrian Malls, Historic Teardowns, plenty of surface parking lots--common revitalization processes like these have the ability to create a ghost town, rather than a revitalized downtown. Place Economics examines these common mistakes, along with the potential for downtown improvement within the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico [PlaceEconomics]

DVD Landscape Tours Available at Drayton Hall: Drayton Hall in Charleston is offering an exciting new way to engage visitors within their mid-eighteenth century plantation grounds. Using tried and true interpretive methods coupled with new technology that allows visitors to receive audio/visual information on specific areas of the site, historical themes related to the historic site, and the preservation efforts necessary to maintain the grounds. [National Trust Historic Sites Weblog]

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