This Week

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

The Louisville Palace

Louisville Palace Theater image via HerKentucky

HerKentucky highlighted Louisville’s Palace Theater this week, showing that you don’t have to be a “building hugger” or a even a “preservationist” to appreciate the beauty of  historic buildings, a beautiful restoration, or what they can mean to a city.   The Palace Theater is a Louisville icon. It was originally constructed in the 1920s and was restored in in 1994, after many years of neglect.  The theater plays host to classic films, comedy and broadway productions, and is a favorite concert venue.  Cold Play, Fiona Apple, ZZ Top, and Melissa Etheridge have played the Palace.  And Alison Kraus recorded a live album here.

Is MadMen good for Preservation?

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MadMen Cast via FeministWire

I love Mad Men. Who cares about the story – I just want to spend an hour drooling over those incredible mid-century sets every week!  Unfortunately, they are just that. Sets. Docomomo (a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement) points out that the show’s masterminds are really missing out an opportunity to use and showcase real interiors (and exteriors) from the 1960s that still exist, rather than recreating them on a sound stage in California.  What say you? Does it matter that they are using sets not the real deal?  Either way, it can’t be denied that the popularity of the show has renewed attention to mid-century design.

History of Wedgewood

Wedgewood sherds are not uncommon archeological discoveries at historic house sites and are incredibly helpful for dating the time of occupation.  Check out Apartment Therapy’s retrospect to learn about Josiah Wedgewood, his brilliant marketing strategy, political ties, and manufacturing breakthroughs.

Block Party

Could a “Block Party” be the solution for neighborhoods in transition?

Game theory, preservation, and community are blended in this post on Rustwire in a proposal to help neighborhoods in “transition” swing toward home ownership and renewal rather than absentee landlords and neglect.  The proposal is this – 1) find a neighborhood in transition with attractive amenities and a number of properties for sale, 2) gather a group of potential buyers to view the houses and mingle, 3) interested buyers sign contingent contracts with “the necessary legalese” to purchase the home of their choice if x number of other “block party” participants also agree to buy a house, thereby negating the fear that the other houses on the block will not be sold to owner-occupants and the neighborhood will transition in a negative way, property values will drop, etc.  Check out the original post submitted by Anonymous for a more detailed description.  Anonymous, you are brilliant!

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