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.
Meeting Florida’s Seminoles Through Rediscovered Photos -The Picture Show
“The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation in Florida has a new exhibit that gives patrons a rare glimpse into the past. Taken by photographer Julian Dimock during a 1910 expedition across the undrained and untamed landscape of tropical wetlands and cypress hammocks of southern Florida, the photos show everyday activities and portraits of the Seminole people he encountered. …Dimock’s photos sat in storage at the American Museum of Natural History for nearly a century before they were rediscovered. Now, descendents may finally see the faces of their Seminole ancestors, and view their everyday lives.”
Pocket Neighborhoods – Yahoo! News
Touted as “innovative” and “redefining” communities, the so-called “pocket neighborhood,” a small number of houses grouped around a common area (a park, a garden, a courtyard, etc), by modern media and critics (this article included), is actually a return to a historical model. Older apartment complexes the world over are often configured around a common open space to be shared by tenants – you can easily find examples from France to Fresno. Likewise, small groups of houses grouped around culs-de-sac or green space was a very common practice by developers historically. I can think of a half dozen (ca. the 1800s thru the 1920s) in Lexington, Ky alone – and they are all highly coveted addresses. Just goes to show, what goes around comes around!
“It basks in the glory of being Sir Francis Drake’s local, parts of it proudly hewn from the spoils of the Spanish Armada he helped to defeat. But even though the Minerva Inn in Plymouth went on to survive centuries of redevelopment around it – and later escape Hitler’s bombs – the ancient hostelry may finally have encountered an enemy it cannot defeat. Safety officials have decided the 16th century building’s timber beams and woodwork pose a fire risk, and must be covered in flame retardant paint.An enforcement order means centuries of history could, quite literally, be glossed over.”
Lauder Cubism Collection – PBS
Leonard Lauder, an heir to the Estee Lauder estate, donated his collection of Cubist art to the Met this week. The collection is significant because, “he was a scholar collector in many ways. He was interested not only in sort of the formal values, how these pictures look, how they function within an artist’s career, but interested in them as objects as well and in history. … He has pictures in his collection that were exhibited in historic exhibitions, like the Armory exhibition of 1913, which introduced modernism to American audiences. So his collection is a collection of firsts. It’s a collection of masterpieces. It is absolutely impossible to replicate…” Check out the article for more information and a slideshow of the collection.
Early last year, photographer Xiomáro was given behind the scenes access to Theodore Roosevelt’s home, Sagamore Hill, where the 26th president lived from 1887 until his death in 1919 (except when he lived in the White House from 1901 to 1909). The resulting collection, “How I love Sagamore Hill,” is currently on display at the Oyster Bay Historical society. “Though several[of the photographs] are straightforward, showing rooms or parts of rooms, many focus on striking details, like geometric patterns reflected by a sconce’s textured globe, a four-knob Shower Room fixture, a shapely telephone on a pantry wall and luggage labels on a trunk.” Many of the details and images captured are things that a person wouldn’t be able to see on a tour of the house (thanks to the velvet ropes that keep visitors at a safe distance) and give visitors a different way to experience the house.
You can see more images from the collection at Xiomáro’s website.