Videos

[Video] Investigating Original Paint Colors

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by David Garber

 

"All buildings have secrets to reveal, it seems. [...] Whether you're investigating paint or doing conservation testing, the idea is to try to understand what things are made out of, what the pathologies are, the layers sequence - and they can reveal quite a bit of information. It's about the relationship of all these finishes one to another, and their history: history of deterioration, history of change." - Jeff Greene

It's hard to be a preservationist and not hear the words "original paint colors" at least once every couple months. But while the concept itself may be easy to understand, the process of identifying those colors and finishes is much more involved (think scalpels and microscopes).

Check out this great video produced by EverGreene Architectural Arts on the practice of original finish investigation:

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[Video] Reimagining Downtown Dallas' Pedestrian Tunnels

Posted on: March 5th, 2012 by David Garber 4 Comments

 

"Do I think that the tunnels and one way streets were a bad idea? Yes, I do. I think it was a terrible, disastrous idea for a city that needs to maintain a vibrant downtown." -Jack Gosnell, Dallas real estate broker

Here's a great video from You + Dallas on downtown Dallas' pedestrian tunnel system. When they were built in the 1960s, they were heralded as new, streamlined, climate-controlled retail corridors. Problem was, they pretty much killed the streets above them.

As the city of Dallas' new Downtown Dallas 360 plan is implemented, the city's tunnels and sky bridges may close to bring people back to the sidewalks. Is there a role for these places as the city evolves?

David Garber is the blog editor at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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[VIDEO] De/Re-Constructing an Historic Metal Facade

Posted on: January 30th, 2012 by David Garber

 

Working with old and historic buildings is often a lesson in patience. So when I came across this time-lapse video of the old Opera House in Stewardson, Illinois, having its galvanized iron facade carefully removed, it was refreshing to imagine it all happening in a matter of seconds.

As background, the old opera house was slated for demolition by the Village of Stewardson - who agreed to allow its Mesker Brothers galvanized iron facade to be salvaged for reuse on a fire-damaged main street building in neighboring Arcola, Illinois. See the completed building below:

Stewardson Opera Hall facade in Arcola, IL
The restored and relocated facade in Arcola, Illinois. (Photo: Darius Bryjka)

Check out the Mesker Brothers blog for more about the building and the type of facade seen in the video.

David Garber is the blog editor at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Preservation Round-Up: "Vinyl Windows Are Maintenance Free" (Not) Edition

Posted on: December 12th, 2011 by David Garber

 

"Wouldn't it be more accurate to say that they can't be maintained?" Check out this great video about the importance of restoring old windows rather than replacing them and more in today's Preservation Round-Up:


(Hat tip to Heritage Ohio and Preservation Saginaw for posting this to Facebook!)

Preservation Grammar: Historic v. Historical - Preservation in Pink

"How often do you come across "historical preservation" as opposed to "historic preservation?" I see this quite often, whether casually or in presentations. If you consider the laws and the basis for the field, the proper term is "historic" not "historical.""

The demise of the Metropolitan Building sparked the Twin Cities' preservation movement - StarTribune

Designed by Daniel Burnham, Detroit's David Whitney Building is being renovated as a boutique hotel. (Photo: Flickr user KrHn313)

[Click through for video] "It has been 50 years - Dec. 19, 1961, to be exact - since the wreckers took their first swing at the fabled Metropolitan Building, but the wounds to the city's psyche and skyline still seem fresh. If only we could travel back in time 121 years, to 1890, when 8,000 people, including the upper reaches of Minneapolis society, gathered to celebrate the opening of what was originally called the Northwestern Guaranty Loan Building."

Boutique hotel signs on for Detroit's David Whitney Building redevelopment - mLive.com

"The building, designed by famed Chicago-architect Daniel Burnham and named after local lumber baron David Whitney Jr., first openend in 1915 but has been vacant for more than a decade. "Aloft is particularly well-suited for adaptive reuse because of its urban aesthetic,” Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood, said in a released statement. “"Preserving this integral part of Detroit’s history is a priority for us as well, an it’s exciting to meld Aloft’s design sensibility with this spectacular original structure.""

David Garber is the blog editor at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Ice Cube Talks LA, Urban Freeways, & Mid-Century Modernism

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by David Garber

 

There's only so much that can be said before you watch this amazing video. So here is it, in all its glory. Turns out gangsta rapper and actor Ice Cube is a big fan of Los Angeles' Mid-Century design legacy. Check it out:

The video is part of a campaign by the Getty called Pacific Standard Time that celebrates art in LA from 1945-1980. The New York Times picked up the story and interviewed Ice Cube about LA, his time as an architectural draftperson, and his appreciation for the places that make his city unique.

“What was appealing was showing off Los Angeles to people who think they know what Los Angeles is all about,” said Ice Cube, who is seen in the two-minute video cruising in a convertible 1960s Lincoln Continental and explaining the difference between the city’s “bougie” and “gangsta” freeways.

“Everybody who comes here thinks they got the place figured out, but you can never get this place figured out,” he said. “This place is like ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ ”

Preservationists are everywhere.

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