A weekly round-up of my favorite preservation related stories from around the web and in the news.
Myanmar’s economy is looking up after decades of isolationists politics that depressed the economy. One positive of a depressed economy, from an HP perspective, is the preservation (not that they are all in good shape, but they do still stand) of hundreds of ornate colonial era buildings in Myanmar’s capital city, Yangon. As PRI’s The World reported, an influx of foreign money could spell the end for many of these buildings as the demand for downtown real estate surges and developers begin demolishing older structures to make way for modern high rises. Recently, Yangon Heritage Trust was formed by a group of architects, historians and businessman to protect Yangon’s colonial cultural heritage. The Trust is currently lobbying for protected heritage status for Yangon’s historic structures.
Tom King, in typical Kingian style, lambasts today’s political leaders for their approach to the preservation of our pristine public lands.
Color stories can be a powerful clue when trying to date an interior or a piece of furniture. Hop over to Apartment Therapy to check out some of the unique colors prevalent in the 1950s, which just so happen to be pretty hot again.
This story was brought to my attention by a reader. Video games meet architectural history in the newest edition of Assassin’s Creed. Set during the Revolutionary War, the creators of the game painstakingly recreated some famous historic structures to give their digital landscape some authenticity. I’m not a gamer, but this is a fun instance of two worlds colliding!
If you liked my post, Preservation Adventure: Lexington, KY, you will probably like this article from the Lexington Herald Leader. Columnist Cheryl Truman asked Lexingtonians to help identify the things that define Lexington, and the list that resulted includes some great historical places and stories.
And while we’re on the topic, a special thank you to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for giving Bricks + Mortar a shout out on their Facebook page yesterday! If you haven’t liked the National Trust on Facebook yet, go do it. Right now! You won’t be sorry.