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.
NYC Micro Apartment Design Winner – Yahoo News
“Seeking to ease New York City’s legendary housing crunch, Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced the winner of the city’s micro-unit apartment design competition, aimed at fostering an innovative use of limited space. All of the units will have 10-foot-high ceilings, Juliet balconies (which don’t project from the building), big windows and ample storage, according to Bloomberg. The New York Times writes that ‘if the rendering is any indication,” the micro-units “manage to feel roomy and inviting.'” I would love to see how this idea could be applied to historic buildings. Could an old hotel or YMCA become a micro-unit apartment building? What about a warehouse? What other historical buildings can you think of that would lend themselves to this use?
Pioneer Girl Project – TAG Historical Research & Consulting
“Laura Ingalls Wilder is one of the great American storytellers. Millions of people in the United States and beyond have read her “Little House” books. Beloved by many, her writing has stood the test of time. But her own words about her own life—her autobiography—have been hidden in repositories and archives, accessible only to those who know . . . until now.” The Pioneer Girl Project documents the process as the South Dakota State Historical Society Press moves towards the publication of LIW’s previously unpublished autobiography, The Pioneer Girl, in the spring of 2013. On this website you will find interviews, blogs, videos, pictures, photographs, discussions, documents, excerpts, and much more. The purpose is to document the project and keep you informed as they work towards the goal of an annotated autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. As a reader of LIW as a child, I’m pretty excited about this project!
125 Years of National Geographic – The Big Picture
“On January 13, 2013, the National Geographic Society will celebrate its 125th anniversary and its evolution from a small scientific body to one of the world’s largest educational and scientific organizations committed to inspiring people to care about the planet. The Society has shared some images that represent those moments of discovery and will continue in its 126th year, to provide a front-row seat to what’s happening at the extremes of exploration – bringing everyone along for the ride through its storytelling and photography.” Click through to see some of the incredible images and the people who captured them!
The Inauguration and Historic Buildings – PreservationNation
“Throughout the weekend of the inauguration of a president, Washington’s historic buildings reminded the country that we have often disagreed and even fought as a nation. However, these buildings also speak to the fact that we have come together more often than not to focus on the ideals that make us Americans.”
The Queens Movie Theater You Will Not Believe – Scouting New York
The former Loew’s Valencia Movie Palace was built in the late 1920s as one of five “Wonder Theaters” in New York. It was donated to the Tabernacle of Prayer Church in the mid-70s. The church has immaculately cared for the building since that time. Reverend Johnnie Washington said of the building in 1977, “It has a beauty, an atmosphere that makes you feel you are at someplace sacred.” Only minor changes have been made to the building by the church – some nude statues were given robes and wings (angels!), the display cases that once held movie advertisements now have religious messages, and a few crosses have been added. Jump through to check out more photos and info about this fabulous building and interior!
Is Your Home of the Historic Cusp? – The Craftsman
“I have a lot of friends and clients whose homes fall into something I like to call the Historical Cusp. They don’t live in a house of any particular historical significance, and it’s not quite old enough to have been built by hand with non-standardized materials. But it still maintains some of the characteristics I love so much about historic homes.
Most of these homes were built from about 1945-1960 and they represent a large portion of our housing stock in America. They aren’t the famous Craftsman Bungalows of the 1920s or the grandiose painted-lady Queen Annes, but they are just as important. These homes mark a very distinct time in our history.” I love the term “historical cusp”! Cusp homes are definitely some of my favorites. What do you all think?