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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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