This Week

A weekly round-up of my favorite preservation related stories from around the web and in the news.

Aleppo’s Landmarks Burn

The Umayyad Mosque, set ablaze over the weekend, is the latest landmark damaged in Aleppo’s walled Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo: AFP

“Since the start of Syria’s civil war eighteen months ago, the country’s abundance of cultural heritage sites — which include some of the oldest and most important cultural centers on earth — have found themselves repeatedly caught in the crossfire. Archaeologists around the world have made devoted efforts to assess the damage, but actually protecting the sites has been impossible.”  – The Global Heritage Fund

Park Slope’s Pink Brownstone

Park Slope’s pink brownstone. Image via Animal New York

If you’ve ever been to Park Slope, you probably noticed the Pepto Bismol pink brownstone on Garfield Place.  Since it was painted in 1971, it has become an neighborhood icon.  Fortunately/unfortunately (it’s a matter of opinion), the pink hued townhouse will soon be painted brown.  Check out Brooklyn Paper for more information about the Landmark Preservation Commission’s decision.

Race Impacts Place

My tagline is a little misleading (but it rhymes!).  This story (from Rustwire) is more about how people shape their communities through culture (which is connected to race, and ethnicity, and heritage).  Until the 1970s, the Buckeye Road neighborhood in Cleveland was a cohesive Hungarian enclave.  When it began to integrate, the community was broken apart by blockbusting (and fear-mongering) realtors and developers.  Despite the its best efforts to reshape itself into an multi-ethnic and integrated community, depressed real estate prices took their toll.  Today the neighborhood stands in stark contrast to the once vibrant community it was.

Preservation Prodigy

Nate Michalak hard at work. Image via Preservation Nation.

Eleven year old Nate Michalak is already an active historic preservationist.  He’s helping his family restore three historic houses in Toledo, Ohio.  And he writes a column for Heritage Ohio!  He says of his projects, “I think that’s not right that a lot of these kinds of houses are being torn down to make new houses or shopping malls and I wonder, why? Why would you tear down a beautiful old house and make something brand new?”  Right on, little guy!   Jump over to Preservation Nation for more Q&A with this pint sized preservationist.

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