Palm Beach Theater Wins in Court

Posted on: August 23rd, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

The owner of the 1957 theater closed its doors in 2004, citing economic reasons. (Palm Beach Theater Guild)The place to be seen in Palm Beach, Fla., hasn't been seen in three years, but a group that wants to reopen the Royal Poinciana Playhouse is making headway.Supporters of the glitzy theater—which include actor Christopher Plummer—won a victory this summer, when a judge ruled that the 1957 building must be maintained and operated as a theater.

Owner Sidney Spiegel, who wants to raze the Royal Poinciana Playhouse to make way for a hotel, has appealed Palm Beach County Judge David Crow's June 10 decision.

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Brad Pitt Visits Farnsworth House

Posted on: August 22nd, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Mies van der Rohe’s glass-and-steel temple (Jon Miller, Hedrich Blessing)Brad Pitt, the world's most famous architecture fan, visited Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House this week, generating $60,000 for the National Trust Historic Site outside Plano, Ill.

"It's a very hard job, but it does have its perks," says Whitney French, historic site director. "Mr. Pitt was incredibly enjoyable, very interesting, very personable, very charismatic, very interested in architecture. Brad knew all about the house and its history and the saving of the house."

Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) completed the iconic, groundbreaking Farnsworth House in 1951. In 2003, the house's owner put it on the auction block. Fearing a developer would tear it down or build on the 58-acre site, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Landmarks Illinois raised $7.5 million to purchase the house, which is now open to the public.

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Taft's Cincinnati Cottage for Sale

Posted on: July 30th, 2007 by Margaret Foster 1 Comment

 

The Quarry, built in 1886 (Cincinnati Preservation Association)The Cincinnati honeymoon cottage of William Howard Taft (1857-1930) is for sale, prompting fears that it could be torn down for new houses.

Built in 1886 for Taft's bride, Nellie, the six-bedroom Shingle-style house has been on the market for about a month for $700,000. Although Taft's nearby boyhood home is a National Historic Site overseen by the National Park Service, the Quarry is not listed as a local landmark, and the riverview property is zoned for multi-family housing.

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Home Again: Audrey Smith is Back in her Shotgun

Posted on: July 27th, 2007 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Special for the National Trust for Historic Preservation by Alex Lemann

Mrs. Smith remains bullish about her street’s prospects for recovery. (Photo by Alex Lemann)When Audrey Smith first made contact with the National Trust Emergency Assistance Team in the spring of 2006, she had already been working on her house for months. Although she was living in Gretna and her neighborhood was still closed to permanent residents, Mrs. Smith began work on her house only a month after the storm, making the trip to Holy Cross on weekends with her son to clear out waterlogged furniture, gut the house, and do whatever they could to help her get home. After Kevin Mercadel, program officer for the National Trust’s New Orleans Field Office, conducted a site visit for Mrs. Smith in May and helped draw up a scope of work for her house, she quickly took over, hiring a contractor and putting her scanty insurance and FEMA money to work. “We were really impressed by her drive,” Kevin says. “She used our report with the limited funds she had, and she took charge of the project herself.”

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Houston Victorian Razed for "Victorian Classic"

Posted on: July 26th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Detail of the overgrown Doyle House, which was bulldozed on July 18, 2007. (Greater Houston Preservation Alliance)Last week, a day before a rally to protest the possible demolition of a 101-year-old Victorian in Houston, a local builder tore down the house to make way for a new Victorian-style mansion.

At a meeting earlier this month, local architect Harry James had told the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance that he would be willing to sell the house for $900,000—more than triple its 2007 appraisal of $290,000.

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