2008 Dates for NOLA Volunteer Opportunities

Posted on: February 14th, 2008 by Sarah Heffern

 

Once again, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is partnering with the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans to provide volunteer opportunities for those interested in helping with the city's ongoing recovery efforts.

For a fee of $200 per person, volunteers receive housing and food for the week. Daily transportation to and from the work site will be covered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For questions on this worthwhile program, email Sean Vissar at svissar [at] prcno [dot] org or by phone at (504) 636-3076.

Click the links below to register online.

February 25 to 29, 2008

April 28 to May 2, 2008

June 23 to 27, 2008

-- Daphne Gerig, manager of member engagement,
contributed to this story.

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

Actor Wendell Pierce (most recently of HBO’s “The Wire”) is leading an effort to gain National Register status for the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood and its golf course. This is one of the first post-World War II housing developments in the country built by and for African Americans. It was the home of New Orleans mayors Dutch Morial and his son Marc, along with jazz great Terrance Blanchard, and Pierce himself. Its golf course is named for its designer, Joe Bartholomew, who designed many local and national golf courses—but wasn’t able to play on them due to segregation.

We offered our help at any point educating residents about National Register vs. local historic district designation, state home owner tax credits, helping with the restoration of the landscaping, and any other preservation and neighborhood development issues. Pontchartrain Park was the post-World War II vision of the ranch house in the subdivision, which drew soldiers and their new brides out of older central cities.

Pierce wants to revitalize the neighborhood association and also protect the golf course and the existing housing stock from redevelopment that would alter the character of the neighborhood. The area suffered as much as six feet of flooding after Katrina.

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Queens Church To Fall

Posted on: February 12th, 2008 by Preservation magazine 1 Comment

 

St. Saviour’s ChurchRolling hills and foliage don't exactly come to mind when one thinks of New York City, but green spaces do exist in the Big Apple. Case in point: St. Saviour's Church in Maspeth, Queens. Some call the two-acre area on which the church is located "a bit of country in the city." However, St. Saviour's is now under the threat of demolition by developers Maspeth Development LLC.Built in 1847 by architect Richard Upjohn, St. Saviour's Church is a wooden structure that some call "Carpenter Gothic." ... Read More →

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Maryland Greenlights Hotel, Dooms 1906 Factory

Posted on: February 11th, 2008 by Preservation magazine

 

Footer Dye WorksDays are numbered for a 102-year-old factory in Cumberland, Md., that once supplied lace curtains to the White House.

This month, the state, which owns the Footer Dye Works, will sign a 50-year lease to a hotel developer with no plans to preserve the building, abandoned for a decade.

Locals have been concerned about the 45,000-square-foot brick building for several years, as a deal between the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority and Pennsylvania-based Trestle Development lagged, due in part to the authority's lawsuits against the developer.

The authority's current plan calls for the demolition of the single-story annex to the building, about 60 percent of the building's total footprint, to create parking for a new hotel and two restaurants.... Read More →

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Lost: Chicago's 1959 Lake Meadows Tennis Club

Posted on: February 7th, 2008 by Margaret Foster

 

Lake Meadows Tennis ClubWeeks after a Chicago-based developer announced plans to redevelop its 1950s apartment complex, the company demolished the complex's 1959 tennis club, designed by Gertrude Lempp Kerbis, the first female architect in Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's Chicago office.

Draper and Kramer began demolishing the Prairie-style Lake Meadows Tennis Club last week.

"There was a private restaurant on the site that was abandoned for 20 years. The structure had deteriorated to the point of being unrepairable and an agreement was reached with the City to demolish the structure," according to an e-mail from Kim Dooley, Draper and Kramer spokeswoman.

Draper and Kramer, which built the Lake Meadows apartments on the razed site of a run-down neighborhood, wants to clear the 100-acre site again over the next decade, tearing down almost all of the 10- and 20-story towers and replacing them with new, higher-density housing.

Lisa DiChiera, director of advocacy at Landmarks Illinois, says Draper and Kramer has an outstanding track record. In fact, last fall, Landmarks Illinois presented Draper and Kramer with its annual Real Estate and Building Industries Council award for its restoration of Chicago's Palmolive Building.... Read More →

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