This Week

A weekly round-up of my favorite preservation related stories from around the web and in the newsClick on the title of each story to jump through to the original article/blog post.

Cataloging Historic Camp Springs –

Native Mark Ramler has literally written the book about how to preserve the historic stone buildings constructed by German immigrants in the 19th Century in Camp Springs, KY.  “Old buildings are my passion,” said Ramler.

Ramler wrote the 86-page book “Camp Springs, Ky., Preservation + Design Guidelines” in 2010 as part of earning his master of historic preservation degree at the University of Kentucky (my alma mater!).

The Meaning of Gary Indiana – RustWire

“Since the first buildings went up on the shifting sands of Lake County, reformers, sociologists, and commentators looked on Gary as place where a new man could be born—a new man for an industrial age. However, over the course of the 20th century Gary went from a city that represented the possibility of industrial utopia to a city consistently described as a blighted, deindustrialized dystopia. As a new city built from the ground up in the era of progressivism, Gary became a tabula rasa in discourse and in the public imagination.”

The LA That Never Was – Architizer


Proposed Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center. Image via Architizer

“But it only took a few failed proposals from the early 20th century to send LA into a self-reinforcing spiral of freeways and sprawl. If a couple of prescient planners had had their way, the city might have grown into a model of urbanism besting the Big Apple (or at least Portland), with hundreds of miles of subways and elevated rail, thousands of parks linked by parkways, and even a raised bicycle freeway connecting Pasadena with downtown.”

Free Parking Vigilante  Strikes Cincinnati – UrbanCincy

“Residents began to notice the meters being vandalized in November 2012 when the city initially announced its intentions to lease its parking system to a private entity. The city insists that the vandalism and parking privatization is not connected. However, UrbanCincy’s investigative sleuthing has found that although the meters are not connected to city sabotage, they are instead connected to a lone vigilante who wants nothing more than to park…for free!”

Abandoned Suit Cases at Insane Asylum – Collector’s Weekly

Thelmas Suitcase

Thelma’s Suitcase. Image via Collectors Weekly

“From the 1910s through the 1960s, many patients at the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane left suitcases behind when they passed away, with nobody to claim them. Upon the center’s closure in 1995, employees found hundreds of these time capsules stored in a locked attic. Working with the New York State Museum, former Willard staffers were able to preserve the hidden cache of luggage as part of the museum’s permanent collection. Photographer Jon Crispin has long been drawn to the ghostly remains of abandoned psychiatric institutions. After learning of the Willard suitcases, Crispin sought the museum’s permission to document each case and its contents.”

The History of the Flapper: A Call to Freedom – The Smithsonian via Three Months by Car


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This week, Three Months by Car posted a link to this article at about the flapper, to give us a better understanding of  Edie, Ev, and Dottie’s cross-country trip. It’s an interesting look at the rapid social changes taking place in the 1920s that are now symbolized by the bobbed hair and fashion of the times.

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