Googie Diner Reopens in California

Posted on: November 27th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Mel’s Drive-InA Googie-style restaurant reopened yesterday, almost three years after its owners decided to demolish the 1967 structure in Seal Beach, Calif.

After fans of the Parasol rallied to save the building—more than 12,000 supporters signed a petition—Santa Monica-based owner Century National Properties switched gears and spent $1 million to renovate the building, which has an umbrella-shaped roof designed by Mayer & Kanner.... Read More →

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Smithsonian Seeks New Use for 1881 Arts and Industries Building

Posted on: November 26th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Kim O’Connell photoThe Smithsonian Institution is working to find a new use for its shuttered Arts and Industries Building, built in 1881 and empty since 2004, when an engineering firm's report deemed it a safety hazard.

Earlier this month, the Smithsonian issued a request for qualifications for public or private companies to redevelop the National Historic Landmark, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

In June 2006, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the High Victorian building designed by Adolph Cluss one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.... Read More →

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Celebrating Place and Heritage

Posted on: November 26th, 2007 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

On Saturday, November 17th, Candice Coyan from American Express and I (along with our family members) represented Partners in Preservation (PiP) at the Pui Tak Center's community celebration. After Chinese harp music performed by students, the program began with a short video they had prepared to tell the story of how they won the popular vote and got the big award, mainly as a THANK YOU to the room full of people who had voted regularly and supported their efforts. The video was prepare by one of their students who also teaches computer skills.

Three speakers were invited to tell why they voted in support of PuiTak and why they believed the building should be preserved. Each of these were people who had "grown up" in the building attending classes or participating in social events with their parents. The first was Helen Lee, the head of the Chinese chamber of commerce and a first-generation Chinese American. The second was a gentleman who was a third-generation immigrant family member who had studied Chinese at Pui Tak every day after American school. The third was a first-generation college student who spoke in Chinese; she had taken ESL classes in the building after immigrating as a teenager with her family. Each speech was translated in segments by the outreach minister of the Chinese Christian Union Church which now owns the building. It was very moving.

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Notes from the Field: New Orleans

Posted on: November 26th, 2007 by Walter Gallas 1 Comment

 

The house on Clio Street, 2007.I met with Kristen Palmer (Rebuilding Together) and Suzanne Mason and Rick Denhart of MercyCorps at 1826 Clio Street, a house which will deconstructed beginning the week of November 26 . The Trust is supporting MercyCorps’ demonstration project with a $5000 grant, in which a total of 15 houses will be deconstructed, the materials will be donated to a local non-profit for re-use in rehabilitation projects, and the results documented in a Penn State-authored report. In this case, the materials from 1826 N. Clio will be sent to the PRC warehouse. We are planning a media event for Wednesday, November 28 as the deconstruction begins. We will be tying this in with the announcement of the first public weekend sale on Saturday, December 1 for the FEMA-funded salvage materials at the PRC warehouse.

The house on Clio Street, 1999.The house was elevated almost a full story on concrete blocks years before Katrina. The current owners began a rehabilitation project before the hurricane, which likely involved removing significant interior structural elements, and so the building could not stand up to the storm. The owners have agreed to donate the materials to the Preservation Resource Center as a tax write-off, and gain an lot for the construction of a new house in this Central City neighborhood.

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Notes from the Field: New Orleans

Posted on: November 23rd, 2007 by Walter Gallas 1 Comment

 

City Park Carousel, New OrleansI attended a reception at City Park this past Friday evening for donors who had supported the repair of its 101-year-old carousel and pavilion. A permanent plaque was unveiled which included acknowledgment of the National Trust and the Mitchell and Favrot funds. The plaque sits immediately below the one which is a brass image of the 1989 National Preservation Award recognizing the earlier restoration of the carousel. The carousel is operating again just in time for City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks, a beloved holiday tradition which begins this week. The Favrots and Mitchells visited the carousel in May when they were here, and saw the work underway. Now, it’s complete.

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