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.

How One Family Built America’s Public Palaces – NPR


“The elaborately tiled City Hall subway station in New York City — still extant but now closed to the public, alas — used the Guastavino touch to convince wary city dwellers to head underground for a train trip.” Image via NPR

The National Building Museum’s exhibition, Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces, is an impressive display of photographs, diagrams, drawings and scale models show the beauty and breadth of the work of the Guastavino family — some one-thousand vaults and domes and ceilings in 40 states. The Guastavinos, a father and son duo, used old world techniques learned in Barcelona to construct some of the most impressive vaulted ceilings in the US including state capitols, Grand Central Terminal and Carnegie Hall.

Banished! Historic “Don’t Tread on Me Flag” – CBS

There is a fight brewing in New Rochelle, New York over the Gadsen flag. The flag, which was once a symbol of the Revolutionary War has more recently been co-opted by the Tea Party Movement. As such, officials worried flying the flag over a governmental building might be confused as political and ordered it to be taken down. What do you think?  Was the city right to order its removal on the basis of its current association, or is it historical association more important?

Why Developers Should Heed the Lessons of Union Station – The Toronto Star


“A view from inside Union Station in August 1927, the year the country’s largest travel hub first opened. ” Image via Toronto Star

“The issue now isn’t modernism’s desire to erect the future, but its need to erase the past.  Still, heritage continues to fall victim to developers’ thoughtlessness and greed as well as official apathy. Given the growing number of neighborhoods and communities for which heritage has been an economic boon, this is ironic.  The one sure thing, however, is that heritage, a finite resource, will only increase in value — economic, emotional, architectural, social and civic”

El Ateno Grand Splendid, Palatial Theater Now a Beautiful Book Store – Slate


Image via Slate

“With each incarnation since its inception in 1919—first as a performing arts theater, then as a cinema, and now as a bookstore—the Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has proven itself befitting of its majestic title. Having retained its original frescoed ceilings, ornate theater boxes, elegant rounded balconies, detailed trimmings, and plush red stage curtains, the interior of the building remains as stunning today as when it was first envisioned by architects Peró and Torres Armengol.”




  1. springbyker

    That bookstore is possibly my favorite in the world, architecturally speaking! But it’s “El Ateneo Gran Splendid.” Great roundup — I love those NYC subway photos, too.

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