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.
Legendary Hollywood Stars At Home – Architectural Digest
“AD revisits the residences of stars from Tinseltown’s golden age, including Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Jayne Mansfield.”
Bernice Abbott, Photographer of New York City – The Reconstructionists
“Long before photography became “the people’s art,” Berenice Abbott (July 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991) took a large-format camera to the streets to forge a new dialogue between the urban landscape and its inhabitants through her stark black-and-white photographs.”
“As any weather watcher can tell you, it’s been a rough couple years for New Jersey. Tropical storm Irene, Hurricane Sandy and the winter storm known as Nemo have all passed through the state; and each time the Millstone River floods it means extensive repairs to the house. The Tarantinos, who are both architects, are determined to preserve the so-called Bachman Wilson House — which means moving it to higher ground.”
William Bor’s Route 66 Miniatures – Route 66 News
Dutch artist Willem Bor builds detailed replicas of Route 66 landmarks in miniature. Recently delivered four new models to the US museums. Three models will be displayed in the Route 66 Museum in Lebanon, Mo. The fourth model will be on display in the Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum in Pontiac, Ill.
Truman’s White House Renovation – Preservation in Mississippi
“It’s become popular Hollywood sport to show the destruction of the White House in almost ever disaster movie. But check out these real life photographs from the National Archives of the gutted building during the Truman renovation in 1950. Be warned, when I say ‘gutted,’ I mean gutted. These pictures make you question all that about ‘this president sat here and walked these floors.'”
P is for Place – Preservation in Pink
“Not every place is a historic resource, but every place can be significant in someone’s life. And great places, loved places make for strong communities and a better quality of life.”