Sharing the Vision: Best Practices to Preserve Our Future

Posted on: November 20th, 2007 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

(Editor's Note: the Cleveland Restoration Society is a member of the State and Local Partners program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.)

Northeast Ohio is rich in historic assets. Like many American cities that thrived during the industrial revolution, Cleveland and its surrounding region built a remarkable architectural landscape on the foundation of businesses and factories that at one time drove the regional economy. This architectural and cultural heritage now needs our help, and the time is right for change. According to the Brookings Institution, despite the hardships that have plagued them, “the moment - demographic, economic, environmental, social - is ripe for revival” in our older, industrial cities. The Cleveland Restoration Society agrees.

Today, Tuesday, November 20, 2007, the Society held its 35th Annual Community Luncheon to share its vision of a vibrant Northeast Ohio and to start the process of envisioning the ways in which historic preservation can make this a reality. A panel of experts in real estate, tax credits, and architecture shared their best practices, experiences and recommendations for strengthening our commercial districts and neighborhoods emphasizing the use of historic preservation to create a sustainable region and a brighter future.

We’ve heard from the experts - now it’s your turn. How can we recreate the vibrant urban centers that once thrived in older industrial cities?

-- Erin Dorsey, Cleveland Restoration Society

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Lowe's Pays to Move 1885 House

Posted on: November 19th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Mott HouseA house on Lowe's new headquarters in Mooresville, N.C., has been moved a mile away, where it will be renovated as an office.

Lowe's began construction on the site in 2003 and began working with Preservation North Carolina to find someone to claim the house, built in 1885 by local businessman Samuel Mott and empty since Lowe's bought the property four years ago.

Local interior designer Kay Kirby read a story about the 2,400-square-foot Mott House in the Charlotte Observer and contacted Preservation North Carolina.

"We worked with several people that were interested, and she was the best fit," says Mike Stout, director of the nonprofit's northwest office. ... Read More →

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Press Coverage Raises Awareness of Threat to Tomb

Posted on: November 16th, 2007 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Here at the National Trust, we are very pleased that the Army's plan to discard the Tomb Monument has received considerable recent attention from the media.

National Public Radio covered the threatened Tomb on November 11, interviewing Bob Loftur-Thun, a former Sentinel guard at the Tomb who strongly supports restoration rather than replacement.

The New York Times published an article and on-line video on the Tomb on November 12. The Times article was picked up as the cover story on AOL's webpage on November 12. More than 100,000 votes were cast in AOL's on-line poll, with 86 percent favoring repair of the original monument.

Earlier, the Army's replacement plan was covered by the Washington Post and the Washington Times.

-- Robert Nieweg

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County Blocks UGA Sorority's Addition to 1905 House

Posted on: November 15th, 2007 by Preservation magazine

 

A University of Georgia sorority wants to build an addition on the front of its 1905 neoclassical house, but the county commission says no.

Parking requirements along Milledge Avenue in Athens are preventing Gamma Phi Beta from building a chapter room on their house, a property contributing to a National Register-listed historic district. Although the city's planning department approved the plans, the Athens-Clarke County Commission voted it down 8-2 on Oct. 2 and established a six-month moratorium on all demolitions and relocations on Milledge Avenue. ... Read More →

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Emergency Reprieve for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers Stalled in Congress

Posted on: November 15th, 2007 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

A temporary reprieve for the endangered Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers may be delayed as Congress debates the National Defense Authorization Bill:

An informal House-Senate conference committee was at a standstill late Wednesday on the annual defense authorization bill, amid a dispute over a domestic policy provision.

The sticking point was a Senate-passed provision that would expand race-based hate-crime laws ...

With no resolution late Wednesday on whether to keep the provision in the draft conference report, the goal of clearing the bill for the president’s signature by week’s end was at risk.

Congressional Quarterly, November 14, 2008
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Senators Daniel Akaka and Jim Webb have championed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill that would require much-needed study and a report to Congress before the Army could proceed with its misguided plan to replace the historic Tomb Monument. Although the Akaka-Webb amendment was unanimously adopted by the Senate, the National Defense Authorization Bill is now tied up in conference.

Thanks to the passionate grassroots outcry and pressure from Congress, the Army let pass its own September 29 deadline for replacing the monument. However, unfortunately, there is no indication that the Army has reversed its decision to replace.

We're continuing to press decision-makers to save the Tomb. We urge concerned Americans to contact John C. Metzler, Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery.

-- Robert Nieweg

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.

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