News Round-Ups

 

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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President Lincoln's Cottage Blog Turned 100 This Week: 100 posts, that is. To mark their centennial, the folks at the blog are listing off One Hundred Things to Know About President Lincoln's Cottage. [President Lincoln's Cottage Blog]

Ballpark Development: Planetizen takes a different look at the effects of stadium development upon neighborhoods and employment. [Planetizen]

Saving Wood Windows Means Saving Money and Energy: The Landmark Society of Western NY discusses the advantages of saving your old-growth wood windows. [Confessions of a Preservationist]

Montpelier Restoration Update: With their Grand Opening just around the corner, Montpelier's restoration team has been hard at work in and around James Madison's estate.[Montpelier Restoration Updates]

Turning Preservation into Art: Warehouses that store materials saved from historic properties can preserve key elements of architectural history. Two artists put their talent to use on items recovered from Spartanburg's Architectural Salvage store. [Preservation Trust of Spartanburg, Inc.]

Guthriesville General Store is Saved--For Now: The 140 year old building that once housed a Chester County, Pa. general store has been given 75 days to find a buyer before convenience store chain WaWa will take over and begin demolition. [Preservation Magazine]

New Historic Site Directors Appointed: Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House--both located in Virginia--along with Chesterwood in Stockbridge, Ma. have appointed new directors. All three are National Trust Historic Sites. [National Trust Historic Sites] [National Trust Historic Sites]

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