Preservation Magazine

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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Fire Destroys 140-Year-Old Baltimore Church

Posted on: July 12th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Steeple in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon (BACVA)Lightning struck the steeple of a 140-year-old church in Baltimore on Monday, setting off a five-alarm fire. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries in the blaze, which destroyed the First Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church.

"There were several staff members, including Bishop Brown, in the … administration building when the lightning struck, and victoriously, no one was injured in the evacuation," according to the church's Web site.

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Va. Coal Mining Town's 1883 Store Collapses

Posted on: July 11th, 2007 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Special to Preservation magazine by Jimmy Scarano

The company store collapsed last month. (APVA Preservation Virginia)It's hard for a small town to reinvent itself as a tourist destination when its main attractions are falling apart.

But that's what tiny Pocahontas, Va., the first coal mining town in the state, is trying to do. On June 30 the town suffered a setback when one of the walls of its 1883 company store, which APVA Preservation Virginia listed as one of the Most Endangered Sites in Virginia in 2005, collapsed. The building was already in bad shape, as the roof and third floor had collapsed the week before, but the town wants to rebuild it.

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