A weekly round-up of my favorite preservation related stories from around the web and in the news. Click on the title of each story to jump through to the original article/blog post.
“It’s been almost a decade since Johnny Cash died, but fans still travel from around the world to see the place the music legend often described as key to his development: his boyhood home in the eastern Arkansas town of Dyess. The small house will soon serve as a museum — not only as a tribute to Johnny Cash, but also to tell the history of the town… ‘Course we know Johnny Cash is gonna bring them here, but we want to tell them about the people that struggled, and how the government gave them a hand to get them back on their feet and give them some pride,”[Dyess mayor, Larry] Sims says. “A lot of these people had never owned any land before — they always sharecropped and just scraped by working for the other guy. This was a new start. … They could come in and start fresh with everything they needed.'”
The Sweet Sound of ReUse – Apartment Therapy
“Adaptive reuse is one of the best forms of creative and eco-friendly construction. Whether it’s a former school house or church, buildings with a past life often make for some of the most interesting homes and interiors. This social hall in New York City is no exception — the 32-foot barrel arched ceilings, porthole windows, stage lighting and old wood floors make a for a one-of-a-kind residence.”
When Old House’s History Is a Childhood Memory – Lexington Herald Leader
Lexington journalist Tom Eblen recently purchased a ca. 1907 house in a historic Lexington neighborhood. Being a preservation enthusiast, he called up former resident, Maxine Harding Comely with a list of questions about the house she grew up in. Comely, who lived in the house with her family from 1924-1943, was able to share with him her memories of the house and neighborhood – games of kick the can in the street and hide-and-seek in the bushes, memories of the other families who lived on her street, and how difficult it was to navigate the steep stairs to the first floor bathroom in the middle of the night. Eblen visited Comley with photographs and she was able to describe (through misty tears) how the house had looked when she and her family called it home. She also had a question of her own for Eblen – had he found her secret hiding spot? Check out the article to see if he found it and if he did, what he found inside.
Famous Album Covers Revisited – So Bad So Good
“Iconic in their time and stacked amongst millions of record collections the world over – these albums and their designs are some of the best known & most recognized in the last 50 years of music.
But at lot has changed since that era, including THE original locations and surroundings used on these album covers. But just how much has changed? Are those famous landmarks & settings still there?
Google Maps reveals all….”
“This is a plan devised out of a profound ignorance of or willful disregard for not only the library’s original concept and design, but also the folly of altering its meaning and mission and compromising its historical and architectural integrity. You don’t “update” a masterpiece. “Modernization” may be the most dangerously misused word in the English language.
Buildings change; they adapt to needs, times and tastes. Old buildings are restored, upgraded and converted to new uses. For architecturally or historically significant buildings with landmark protection, the process is more complex; subtle, subjective and difficult decisions are often required. Nothing, not even buildings, stands still.”