Preservation Magazine

Spokane's Art Deco Theater Reopens

Posted on: November 20th, 2007 by Margaret Foster 2 Comments

 

Spokane’s Fox TheatreTuxedos, red carpets, antique cars—the scene at Saturday's grand reopening of the 1931 Fox Theatre in Spokane, Wash., was a scene from old Hollywood.

"It was a great party," says Joanne Moyer, National Trust advisor. "We've had a real renaissance in downtown Spokane."

Katharine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong once performed at the art deco theater, designed by Robert Reamer.

Seven years ago, the National Register-listed theater, along with its neighborhood, had become shabby, and it was slated to be torn down for a parking lot. "The community rallied to provide the initial funds to buy the building," Moyer says. ... Read More →

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Lowe's Pays to Move 1885 House

Posted on: November 19th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Mott HouseA house on Lowe's new headquarters in Mooresville, N.C., has been moved a mile away, where it will be renovated as an office.

Lowe's began construction on the site in 2003 and began working with Preservation North Carolina to find someone to claim the house, built in 1885 by local businessman Samuel Mott and empty since Lowe's bought the property four years ago.

Local interior designer Kay Kirby read a story about the 2,400-square-foot Mott House in the Charlotte Observer and contacted Preservation North Carolina.

"We worked with several people that were interested, and she was the best fit," says Mike Stout, director of the nonprofit's northwest office. ... Read More →

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County Blocks UGA Sorority's Addition to 1905 House

Posted on: November 15th, 2007 by Preservation magazine

 

A University of Georgia sorority wants to build an addition on the front of its 1905 neoclassical house, but the county commission says no.

Parking requirements along Milledge Avenue in Athens are preventing Gamma Phi Beta from building a chapter room on their house, a property contributing to a National Register-listed historic district. Although the city's planning department approved the plans, the Athens-Clarke County Commission voted it down 8-2 on Oct. 2 and established a six-month moratorium on all demolitions and relocations on Milledge Avenue. ... Read More →

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Chicago's "American Idol of Preservation" Winners Announced

Posted on: November 14th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

onleongh.jpgThe Viking Ship won.

The results of the second American Express Partners in Preservation popularity contest are in. In what's been dubbed the "American Idol for Preservation," Chicago-area voters had five weeks to cast an online vote for their favorite from a list of 25 historic structures, including a 115-year-old replica of a Viking Ship in Raven, Ill.

Announced yesterday, each of the 15 winners will receive grants totaling $1 million; even the 10 sites that were not selected will get $5,000. A Chinatown building, On Leong Merchant Association Building (Pui Tak Center), won the most votes. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley served on the advisory committee, which, along with executives from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, selected the other 14 projects.... Read More →

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University of Missouri Begins Work on Neglected 19th-Century Stone House

Posted on: November 13th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Hickman HouseAbandoned for three decades, one of Missouri's oldest stone houses, located two miles from the beginning of the Santa Fe Trail, is now on its way to being restored.

Last month, work began on the 1819 Thomas Hickman House, now part of the 600-acre University of Missouri-Columbia's research farm near New Franklin, Mo.

The university, which has owned the Hickman House since the 1950s, has raised $1.25 million for the restoration project, thanks in part to a matching grant of $250,000 from Save America's Treasures, a public-private partnership between the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.... Read More →

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