Preservation Magazine

Vermont Church Falls

Posted on: July 23rd, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

The original church, built in 1876, was razed for a new parish hall. (Holy Trinity Episcopal Church)The first Episcopal church in Swanton, Vt., was demolished this month.

Built in 1876, the American Gothic church was in they way of a new parish hall.

The congregation voted to tear down the building for a new one adjacent to the 1909 marble church used for services.

A local inn keeper wanted to move the building to save it, but church officials wanted to stay on schedule to complete the building by next summer.

The National Trust twice named the State of Vermont to its list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, in 1993 and 2004.

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Discovery at 180-Year-Old Vermont Inn

Posted on: July 19th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

The inn remains open during the $1.5 million update. (Middlebury Inn)You never know what you'll find when you renovate a historic hotel.

Last month, during a $1.5 million renovation of the Middlebury Inn in Middlebury, Vt., workers uncovered one of the original entrances to the hotel, built in 1827.

"When they were dismantling the wall, lo and behold, we started to see a finished brick opening," says Jeff Costello, general manager, who watched the June 19 discovery. "It was really intriguing. When we saw that, we changed the whole scope of the project."... Read More →

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Pasadena City Hall Reopens After Retrofit

Posted on: July 18th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

1927 Pasadena City Hall (Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc.)After an $80 million seismic retrofit and restoration, the 80-year-old city hall in Pasadena, Calif., looks just like it did when it was completed in 1927.

On July 15, the city celebrated the grand reopening of the National Register-listed building, which was closed for three years.

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Chicago Next City for Preservation Contest

Posted on: July 17th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Chicago’s 1927 Beaux-Arts Buckingham Fountain (Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau)The "American Idol" of historic preservation is coming to Chicago.

Some of the city's historic buildings in need will receive $1 million through Partners in Preservation, a program that American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the World Monuments Fund launched last year.

Last November, the National Trust announced that 13 historic sites in San Francisco would split $1 million after residents voted for their favorites. Of the 25 options, Bay Area voters overwhelmingly supported Bernard Maybeck's First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Berkeley, Calif.

Chicago residents are welcome to cast their votes this fall.

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Houston Developer To Demolish Historic Buildings

Posted on: July 16th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

The Beatty-West Building, shown here in 1920, was designed by architect Henry C. Cooke. (Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library)One of Houston's last historic blocks will be leveled for a 47-story office tower.

Local developer Hines, which erected another skyscraper in 2003, plans to start construction on the 900-square-foot building in March.

Three historic buildings will disappear early next year: the 1912 Beatty-West Building, the 1940 former Bond Clothes store, and the 1913 Montegu Hotel. The developer will save one historic building on the block, the Stowers Building, a recently restored structure built in 1913.

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