Reflections

A Farewell to South Dakota’s Human Services Center, a Past 11 Most Site

Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Jenny Buddenborg, Denver Senior Field Officer

Credit: Jenny Buddenborg, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Built in 1898 and listed on the National Register, the Lee building featured a load-bearing masonry exterior with a wood-framed interior. It was demolished instead of being reused for a different purpose.

So much of our work as preservation advocates places us in the role of influencing decisions but not necessarily having the power to make crucial decisions ourselves. This is particularly difficult when you are trying to save a threatened place that is not under your ownership or management.

Succeeding under these circumstances is immensely satisfying, but losing is tremendously frustrating. Just because you want something to happen and you put as much energy and resource into it as possible doesn’t mean it will. Ultimately, your priority may never become a priority for the people you try to persuade.

That is how I felt after recently losing nine of 11 historic buildings to the wrecking ball at the Human Services Center (HSC) in Yankton, S.D., after spending five years advocating alongside partners for their preservation and adaptive reuse.... Read More →

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By William Tyre, Executive Director and Curator, Glessner House Museum


Glessner House Museum, restored 2011.

In 2013, Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago was designated a National Historic Landmark (NHL) -- the only individually listed church in the city to be so honored. On a personal level it represented something very special to me because it meant that I now lived, worked, and worshiped in National Historic Landmarks -- something I consider to be a rare and possibly unique privilege.
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Although we're always on the lookout for blog content, we encourage readers to submit story ideas or let us know if you've seen something that might be interesting and engaging for a national audience. Email us at editorial@savingplaces.org.

 

We're periodically featuring posts from our colleague Tom Mayes, deputy general counsel at the National Trust and a 2013 Rome Prize winner in Historic Preservation from the American Academy. (Follow Preservation Leadership Forum for Tom's periodic essays on "why old places matter.") Here on PreservationNation, he'll be sharing his reflections on preservation at home and abroad.

Patricia Cronin's "Ghosts" exhibit at Museo Centrale Montemartini, Rome, Italy. Credit: Thompson Mayes
Patricia Cronin's "Ghosts" exhibit at Museo Centrale Montemartini, Rome, Italy

“Context is everything,” says Patricia Cronin, talking about the placement of her art in old and historic places --  from the three-ton marble monument "Memorial to a Marriage" in historic Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, to her evanescent fabric Ghosts in Museo Centrale Montemartini, Rome.

“It’s not just ‘times three,’” she says. “It’s exponential.”... Read More →

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Although we're always on the lookout for blog content, we encourage readers to submit story ideas or let us know if you've seen something that might be interesting and engaging for a national audience. Email us at editorial@savingplaces.org.

 

By Kathleen M. Yasas, President, Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, Inc.

A bird's-eye-view of The Sherburne Inn today. Credit: Rick L. Crowell Photography
A bird's-eye-view of The Sherburne Inn today.

There was no Jimmy Stewart. No basket full of cash spilled onto a table to get George Bailey out of trouble. No little girl telling her daddy that every time a bell sounds an angel gets his wings. But there is no question that angels were close by on December 6, 2013, when The Sherburne Inn opened its doors for the first time in more than decade to welcome over a hundred people to gather and celebrate the rebirth of a century-old landmark.... Read More →

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Beyond Beauty: Seeing Possibility in All Historic Places

Posted on: January 20th, 2014 by Priya Chhaya

 

Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. Credit: CohenKenny, Flickr
Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.

We often talk about historic places by their physical characteristics. It’s a building. A landscape. A barn. A train station. A home. We’re saving places.

But let’s try an experiment. Close your eyes. Clear your mind. What is the first thing that you see when you think about your favorite historic site?... Read More →

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Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya is Associate Manager for Online Content, Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A public historian at heart, she sees history wherever she goes and believes that it is an important part of the American identity.