Ferris Wheels and Shikinen Sengu: Preservation Wayne looks at the replacement of historic landmarks, and how this can affect their surroundings. While die-hard preservationists may lament over the loss of a historic building, Wayne acknowledges that appropriate rebuilding can enhance the surviving buildings and areas. [Preservation Wayne]

Historic College Hill: Like any other institution of higher learning, UNC-Greensboro is rapidly growing and in need of expanding in order to accommodate. Standing in the way of at least one phase of this expansion is a small residential area named College Hill--a National Register designated neighborhood. [Preservation Greensboro]

The Old House and the Sea: Clinghouse--a century-old mansion built on a rock in  Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay--has quite a unique history. [New York Times]

10 Myths About Abraham Lincoln: Slaves? Depression? Lovers? President Lincoln's Cottage addresses some of the most widespread rumors surrounding our 16th President. [President Lincoln's Cottage]

Marlan Blackwell's Arkansas House: A fire-damaged property gets an sleek, modern redesign. [ModernTulsa]

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Notes from New Orleans: An Alternate Site for the VA?

Posted on: August 13th, 2008 by Walter Gallas

 

The Lindy Boggs hospital sits on part of the land being considered as an alternative site for the VA.

The Lindy Boggs hospital sits on part of the land being considered as an alternative site for the VA.

An alternative site for the VA's new hospital is getting serious scrutiny. A public meeting is set for Monday, August 11 to present information on the Lindy Boggs alternative hospital site and to take comments in compliance with environmental and historic preservation review requirements.

This is an encouraging sign, but of course only another step before final resolution of the question of where the VA will ultimately build. The alternative site is known as the Lindy Boggs site, because of the hospital which stands on part of the land now. The hospital served the Mid-City neighborhood until it was closed after Katrina.

One of the warehouses on the alternative site.

One of the warehouses on the alternative site.

Surrounded by warehouses and non-residential building numbering maybe 20 at the most, the site seems an ideal alterative to the so-called "RPC site," which contains 154 structures, mostly houses, of which 123 are contributing historic buildings in the Mid-City National Register District. The Lindy Boggs site lies outside of the Mid-City NR district.

Another encouraging sign is that the Mid-City Neighborhood Association supports re-establishing a hospital at that site.

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Upcoming Green Preservation Programs

Posted on: August 7th, 2008 by Barbara Campagna 2 Comments

 

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio - a National Trust Historic Site in Oak Park, Illinois

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio - a National Trust Historic Site in Oak Park, Illinois

If you’re in Chicago or Louisiana in August or September, you can attend an upcoming event which focuses on sustainability and preservation.

CHICAGO – August 12th, 2008

I will be giving the same presentation twice on Tuesday, August 12th: New Directions for the National Trust: Going Green With Historic Preservation . First, I will give this talk at the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Sustainable Architecture Lunchtime Series at 12:15 pm. Then at 5:30 I will be presenting it to the AIA Chicago at 5:30pm, where it is called Are Older Buildings Green? I believe that the AIA Chicago presentation is sold out, but there is a waiting list.

LOUISIANA, September 4-5, 2008


The National Center for Preservation Training & Technology (NCPTT), with 5 partners including AIA South Louisiana, are presenting a 2 day workshop in Vermillionville, LA entitled Built for the Bayou: Environmental Adaptations in Design Workshop . The workshop will be exploring environmental adaptations in design in Louisiana's historic Gulf Coast architecture and their application in sustainable renovation. This looks like a really interesting regional approach to this topic. Wish I lived closer!

CHICAGO – September 24-26, 2008

NCSHPO (the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers) is presenting a 2 plus day workshop entitled the National Historic Tax Credit Conference at the historic Blackstone Hotel. This conference marks the one time each year that everyone involved in Historic Tax Credits – public agencies, private owners and developers, and nonprofit organizations – assemble to update their knowledge on the rehab tax credits and meet colleagues from around the country. This year special attention will be paid to completing projects using both LEED and the historic tax credit. My colleagues, Patrice Frey and Emily Wadhams and I, will be presenting a session with California SHPO Wayne Donaldson on Thursday afternoon.

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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.

 

The oil spill cleanup in New Orleans continues.

The oil spill cleanup in New Orleans continues.

Traffic on the Mississippi River was started, then stopped, then started again this week as efforts continued to both clean up the massive 400,000 gallon oil spill along 100 miles of the lower Mississippi, but also to raise the barge which held the oil. Latest reports from the Coast Guard investigation indicated that the captain of the tugboat guiding the oil barge wasn’t even on the tugboat at the time of the collision with a tanker. Estimates are that almost 140,000 gallons of spilled oil mixed with water have been collected as of Saturday morning.

Some more figures: over 2,000 people are working the spill, using three tugs, 159 work boats, four barges, 20 skimmers and 13 vacuum trucks. About 155,000 feet of containment boom and absorbent boom are being used.

The levee near the Toulouse Street pier shows the oil damage.

The levee near the Toulouse Street pier shows the oil damage.

Sunday morning, clean-up traffic on the French Quarter riverfront was crowded, showing the intensity of the time-consuming effort. The rip-rap (boulders used to line the earthen levee) near the Toulouse Street pier showed the oil damage as the river level has fallen over the last week.

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Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Pentagram Architects

Milwaukee's New Harley-Davidson Museum and the Creation of Public Space: Built within a reclaimed industrial area along the Menomonee River, the design of the Harley-Davidson Museum seeks to "integrate the site back into the city; respect and reflect the site's history; make the water an important recreational element and plan for future development." With these goals in mind, Pentagram Architects have "developed an urban design that essentially restored the area's lost street grid and, by doing this, connected the site to the surrounding city by giving it a scale and 'grain' that felt like a neighborhood within the city." The design of the Museum and its surrounding area offers a public space fit for the street-level rally atmosphere of places like Sturgis—whose weeklong rally begins today—and widespread amongst bike culture. [Wheels: The New York Times Blogs]

Sustainability and Historic Resources: Sustainability is all about using the resources we already have in a smarter, more efficient manner. Did you know that 48% of US greenhouse gas emissions come from the construction, operation and demolition of buildings? Preserving our existing built resources can be an effective way to help with climate control. The city of Boulder, Colorado has recently revised its Green Building code, acknowledging the link between preservation and sustainability. [PreserveNJ]

Montpelier Restoration Update: The "Father of the Constitution's" Orange, Virginia estate continues its restoration project. Included in this update is a video of architectural research director Gardiner Hallock installing rosettes in the Drawing Room, and photos of the recreated "Madison Road" leading up to the mansion. [Montpelier Restoration Updates]

Las Cruces, New Mexico--The Museum of Expensive Mistakes in Downtown Revitalization: Pedestrian Malls, Historic Teardowns, plenty of surface parking lots--common revitalization processes like these have the ability to create a ghost town, rather than a revitalized downtown. Place Economics examines these common mistakes, along with the potential for downtown improvement within the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico [PlaceEconomics]

DVD Landscape Tours Available at Drayton Hall: Drayton Hall in Charleston is offering an exciting new way to engage visitors within their mid-eighteenth century plantation grounds. Using tried and true interpretive methods coupled with new technology that allows visitors to receive audio/visual information on specific areas of the site, historical themes related to the historic site, and the preservation efforts necessary to maintain the grounds. [National Trust Historic Sites Weblog]

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