Notes from New Orleans: Effects of Gustav

Posted on: September 10th, 2008 by Walter Gallas

 

Karnofsky/Morris Music Store, South Rampart St.

Karnofsky/Morris Music Store, South Rampart St.

Friday afternoon, Michelle Kimball of the Preservation Resource Center and I drove through parts of Central City, Uptown, and Mid-City looking for buildings in dangerous condition or which had collapsed as a result of Gustav. In the Central Business District, on South Rampart Street I saw that the brick parapet of one of the remaining buildings associated with jazz history—the Karnofsky/Morris Music store—had fallen. I emailed the Historic District Landmarks Commission about it. According to the New Orleans Jazz Commission, "The Karnofsky Store was the location for both the business and residence of the Jewish family that served as an alternate household for a young Louis Armstrong. He worked on their coal and junk wagon and ate meal with them on a regular basis. Morris Music, the city's first jazz record store, was initially run at this location by their son, and Louis' boyhood friend, Morris Karnofsky." The building is owned by the Meraux Foundation. It is up the street from the Eagle Saloon, the building which PopAgee Johnson purchased from the Meraux’s to form the basis of a long-anticipated New Orleans Jazz Music Hall of Fame.

The House on 100 block of North Gayoso St.

The House on 100 block of North Gayoso St.

In Mid-City, a house in the 100 block of North Gayoso had folded up into a cock-eyed heap. Some neighbors think the house had been elevated after Katrina.

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SCAD Students Encourage Savannah to "Shop Local"

Posted on: September 8th, 2008 by Margaret Foster

 

Call it a senior project that lasted beyond graduation. A group of historic preservation students from Savannah College of Art and Design challenged their city to “shop local” on Labor Day weekend.

 

"In the spring we spent a quarter studying the benefits of shopping local, and we decided to stick around in the summer and take the knowledge and do something with it," says Chad Purkey, one of the six students who went door-to-door passing out postcards about the benefits of shopping at local stores.

 

For the class taught by Jeanne Lambin, former program officer at the National Trust’s Midwest Office, students devised a slogan ("It makes cents"), engaged the media, and launched a website with a survey and blog about Savannah's favorite shops. 

 

"We developed a lot of partnerships with different organizations in town who are really excited about the project," Chad says. "Local businesses help preserve local identity and character. We thought that was really important for Savannah because it’s this quirky place that has a lot of unique flavor. … We looked at the positives of local businesses; we never talked about the negatives of chain stores."

 

Visit the students' project at www.savlocal.weebly.com

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Memorial Stadium - Greensboro

Memorial Stadium - Greensboro

Greensboro's Memorial Stadium at a Crossroads: Serving the Greensboro baseball community from 1926 until 2004, Memorial Stadium is facing the question that many historic stadiums face--what to do? Ideas of adaptive reuse are being tossed around in a city known for reusing existing structures for other purposes. In 1984, the Wafco Mill Complex in College hill was converted into residential units and a civic center completed in 2006 was at one time the Southern Railway Depot. [Greensboro's Treasured Places]

New England's Football Mall: The NFL season kicked off this weekend and Patriot fans can now enjoy a trip to Bass Pro Shops, Circuit City and other retailers while tailgating this fall. Team owner Robert Kraft footed the bill for a $300 Million shopping mall addition to Gillette stadium in Foxboro, Mass. While it's become common for a professional sports stadium to offer stores to gameday visitors, the Patriots organization is hoping that Patriot Place will act as a draw well into the offseason. Hopefully the new mall will give Pats' fans something to be excited about this season--and relief from the oftentimes harsh realities of pro football. [NPR]

Getting Her Kicks on Route 96: Preservationist Rebecca Rowe discusses the benefits of straying from the beaten path and discovering heritage travel along the way. New York State's Route 96 curves southeast from Rochester through the Finger Lakes region, offering some scenic views and small town flavors. [Confessions of a Preservationist]

Lincoln Bicentennial Activities Are Heating Up: Get your tickets to visit the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln's presidency aside from the White House. Tour tickets for President Lincoln's Cottage are now available for January through June of 2009. Reserve your spot online now and celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday at his Presidential retreat. [President Lincoln's Cottage Blog]

Post Katrina Housing Shortage is Still a Problem: With New Orleans bracing itself for another hurricane over the past week, it's important to remember that the effects of Katrina in 2005 are still an ongoing issue. [Mother Jones]

Lower Eastside Tenanment Museum's New Website: The National Trust Historic Site has recently redesigned their website, offering exciting new means of interpreting the history of New York's immigrant experience. [National Trust Historic Sites Weblog]

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Gulf Coast Recovery Slideshow

Posted on: September 5th, 2008 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Learn about Gulf Coast Recovery efforts on PreservationNation.org

Support our efforts in the Gulf Coast and New Orleans Regions

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PBS Special to Commemorate the Seventh Anniversary of 9/11

Posted on: September 5th, 2008 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

In our work as historic preservationists we strive to protect spaces and places, buildings and landscapes and communities large and small. As humans we hold onto objects from our past—things that may not mean something to anyone else, but are integral to our own personal identities. Whether it is a diary or a model airplane, a newspaper clipping or a photograph, these objects have the power to remind us of days long past and people we have lost.

Many times our work to protect these endangered objects and places provokes discussion such as the ongoing conversation regarding the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery or the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s active involvement with the preservation of the World Trade Center Vesey Street Staircase. Both the Tomb and the Staircase are objects that have a very physical connection to our historical (and recent) past, evoking and enshrining memories that are important on a national scale.

Each of us has an object or a place that will forever remind us of the events of 9/11. In honor of the seventh anniversary of September 11, PBS will be broadcasting a film on Monday, September 8, 2008 entitled Objects and Memory. As Kathleen Hulser of the New-York Historical Society states, this is a film that “reminds us all how precious memories cling tenaciously to ordinary things, offering shared moments across cultural boundaries and historical time.” Having seen the film at a conference earlier this year I found it both moving and relevant to our current and continuing roles as historic preservationists, and wanted to share it with you. For more information visit the film’s official website and check your local listings for the broadcast time in your area.

Of course our work is never complete, and the importance we place on these objects and places and the threat to their roles as keepers of memory is a moving target—which is why every year the National Trust releases a list of their 11 Most Endangered Places. The Vessey Street Staircase was one such entry in 2006, and it has now been moved and protected for eventual inclusion in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

Priya Chhaya, Center for Preservation Leadership

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