Downtown Buffalo - Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Downtown Buffalo - Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Western New York in the Spotlight: The city of Buffalo may be focused on hosting the Monday Night game this evening, but there is plenty more to get excited about as well. Back in May, the National Trust for Historic Preservation placed Buffalo's Peace Bridge Neighborhood on its list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.  Now, the New York Times is on board as well.  "Buffalo is home to some of the greatest American architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with major architects like Henry Hobson Richardson, Frederick Law Olmsted, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright building marvels here. Together they shaped one of the grandest early visions of the democratic American city." [New York Times - Art & Design] And check out the Buffalo Slideshow featured on the Times' website.

Olmstead in Rochester: Besides his impressive work in Buffalo, Frederick Law Olmstead designed several parks in the Queen City's neighbor of Rochester. In addition to Highland Park--home of the annual Lilac Festival--Olmstead worked with the city on Genesee Valley and Seneca/Maplewood Parks.  [Confessions of a Preservationist]

Preservation in Spartanburg: The Preservation Trust of Spartanburg has launched a new website. [Preservation Trust of Spartanburg]

Reembracing the High-Rise: "Tall buildings are back in vogue internationally at present, and South Africa appears alive to this international property-development trend. Partly, the attraction comes down to sensible space management. But urban planners assert that tall buildings can also make positive contributions to city life by serving as beacons of urban regeneration, assisting with changing negative perceptions of a particular area and stimulating further investment." [Engineering News]

Texas Canyon Escapes Suburban Sprawl: A San Francisco-based group called The Trust for Public Land has stepped in to help preserve Palo Duro Canyon  from increasing development. [NPR]

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Restored Homan Square Chimney to Empower Students

Posted on: November 14th, 2008 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

In 2007, the Homan Square Power House in Chicago was selected as a grant recipient of the Partners in Preservation program.

Great care was taken to preserve pieces of the historic machinery throughout the building that were so integral to the Power House’s function. For instance, the massive overhead crane will serve as the platform for a large, mobile screen.

Care was taken to preserve pieces of the machinery that were integral to the Power House’s function -- this massive overhead crane will be the platform for a large, mobile screen.

The Power House was constructed in 1905 in the Lawndale neighborhood in Chicago as part of the Sears, Roebuck & Company complex designed by Chicago architectural firm of Nimmons & Fel­lows. It served as the heating and cooling plant for the massive Sears complex until it was decommissioned in 2004.  Now it is part of the $35 million, award-winning Homan Square redevelopment project, undergoing restoration for use as Henry Ford Power House High, which will answer a deep community need for high-quality schools.

The lower levels of the chimney will remain open and surrounded by a new internal staircase that will allow student to see its features up close.

The lower levels of the chimney will remain open and surrounded by a new internal staircase.

One of the most iconic exterior features of the building is the 185 foot tall, 14 foot wide, radial brick chimney, which will be preserved as a neighborhood landmark, but also as an educational tool to facilitate student experimentation with the dynamics of heat, airflow and energy generation. To stabilize the chimney and preserve its structural integrity, a portion of the top was removed and all of the brick masonry is being repointed. Once this step is complete, a chimney liner will be installed and a transparent chimney cap placed on top, to allowing daylight into the heart of the building while also giving students access to the structure of the chimney.

The Power House is expected to be complete in time for Power House High to accept students in the fall of 2009, but they are still seeking additional funds to support the retention and restoration of historic mechanical elements in the building, such as the “Link-Belt” coal bucket system that carried coal to the furnaces in the basement.

– Christina Morris

Christina Morris is a program officer in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Midwest Office.

Learn more about the Partners in Preservation program here.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

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Make Your Voice Heard: LEED 2009 Closes for Member Vote Tomorrow

Posted on: November 13th, 2008 by Barbara Campagna

 

If you are your company’s U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Member Company primary contact, tomorrow is the last day to vote on the LEED 2009 ballot. This year USGBC unveiled its most comprehensive amendments to LEED since 2000: LEED 2009, also referred to as Version 3 (v3). We have reported on the various changes to LEED, many of which directly affect historic and existing buildings positively. See our previous blog postings for more detail, and for additional information, also see my Forum News article* in this month’s newsletter. I will be reading through the final documentation today myself prior to voting.

Next week is also USGBC’s annual Greenbuild conference in Boston, where Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation will be presenting a “Master Talk” about our Sustainability Initiative Thursday morning (November 20, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.). If you’ll be at Greenbuild, don’t miss this session!

As per the USGBC website: Voting on LEED 2009

Voting is an important part of your membership in USGBC and it’s vital to the development of the LEED Rating System. The draft includes LEED for New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools, Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance and Commercial Interiors with future plans to incorporate other LEED rating systems into the structure.

Member Ballot

The USGBC is seeking member approval to release LEED 2009 for use. The member ballot is the final step in the process used to develop, test, evaluate, revise and publish LEED rating systems and credit mandates. Your organization is strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to the evolution of LEED.

Period for Vote

In accordance with the USGBC Balloting Procedures, the ballot period is open for 30 days from Tuesday, October 14th through Friday, November 14 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

In order to pass, LEED 2009 needs to reach a quorum of 10 percent of USGBC members and two-thirds affirmative votes.

Who can Vote

All USGBC member organizations in good standing are entitled to one (1) vote. Your organization's primary contact is the only individual from your company permitted to represent your organization in this vote. According to the USGBC Bylaws, liaison organizations are not eligible to vote. To identify the primary contact for your organization, visit the USGBC Member Directory to enter the name of your organization. If you are not the primary contact for your organization and are receiving this email, please contact us at leedinfo@usgbc.org.

Each member organization may vote to approve with or without comments, disapprove with comments, or abstain. There is no option to disapprove without comment. You may view comments and responses from the public comment periods below. USGBC is not required to respond to comments submitted during the ballot. Once a ballot is cast it cannot be modified.
To vote, please go to the LEED 2009 ballot.

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* Forum News is a bimonthly publication of National Trust Forum. Click here to learn more about Forum membership.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at bcampagna@bcampagna.com.

 

In the continuing discussion about the future of Charity Hospital, the firm of RMJM Hillier responded last week to a letter released on October 24 by Angele Davis, Commissioner of Administration for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. In this Ms. Davis attempts to refute the RMJM Hillier feasibility study commissioned by the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, a partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Foundation asked RMJM Hillier to address point-by-point the issues raised by Ms. Davis. Click here to see the entire RMJM Hillier response.

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Learn more about our ongoing struggle to save Charity Hospital, one of 2008's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

 

The Washington D.C. Office of Planning’s Historic Preservation Office presented winners of the Sixth Annual Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation at the historic Carnegie Institution of Science Auditorium on Thursday, November 6th. The event was co-hosted by the DC Preservation League.

Highlighting the event were the Historic Preservation Review Board Chairman’s Award for Law and Public Policy to D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and the Individual Lifetime Achievement Award to longtime Dupont Circle resident and preservationist Charles J. Robertson, III. A total of 12 awards were presented to individuals, businesses, and local organizations for exemplary work and commitment to historic preservation.

Excellence in Design – Restoration and Renovation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation received an Excellence in Design Award for Restoration and Renovation for the restoration of the President Lincoln’s Cottage and the renovation of the former Soldier’s Home Administration Building into the President Lincoln’s Cottage Visitor Education Center. The National Trust was honored for its authentic restoration of the Gothic cottage back to the era when President Lincoln and his family summered at the site and the President penned the early drafts of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Special commendation was given to the National Trust for its sensitive rehabilitation of the administration building into the Staff Offices and Visitor Education Center integrating the best of preservation standards with sustainability practices. The Visitor Education Center is on target to receive LEED Gold and is also being considered as a pilot project for LEED 2009’s new Alternate Compliance Path for Life Cycle Assessment of Building Assemblies.  Final LEED certification was submitted last week for the project.  Look for a future story on this project - a great example of the intersection of historic preservation and sustainability.

Also honored for their involvement in the project were:

The Christman Company; RMJM Hillier; Mona Electric Group; Oak Grove Restoration Company; and Strickland Fire Protection.

This has been a good month for the National Trust's Historic Sites.  Last week, Decatur House, also in Washington, DC received a Design Excellence Award for the restoration of the Entry Hall & Stair Hall from the AIA DC.  Interestingly, Decatur House also received a Mayor's Award for Restoration three years ago for the restoration of the Kitchen.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at bcampagna@bcampagna.com.