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.

Historic Preservation in Cuba: A First Impression – Tom King

“I continue to ponder lessons learned, or at least glimpsed, in my brief introduction to Cuba, and certainly have no answers. I just hope that someone is thinking creatively about its remarkable urban fabric, and how to preserve and make good use of it as the doubtless inevitable opening up proceeds.”

Astor Estate New Grey Gardens – HuffPost


Bedroom in Rokeby Mansion. Image via McKendree Key

The Astor family’s home once embodied the American dream, but now it’s something closer to “Grey Gardens.”  In 1836, when businessman William Backhouse Astor Sr. bought the Rokeby mansion in Dutchess County, N.Y. from his wife’s family, it was a place of wonder. The 43-room home was filled with artwork, books and grand pianos — all in relatively pristine condition. But today, the estate would almost be unrecognizable to him.”

Home-ownership as Industrial Relic – Time Tells

“And I also thought about what Time Tells: homeownership means a fixed location, which makes sense for an industrial economy where you might comceivably have one job in one place for an entire career. It makes sense when fixed assets like factories remain in place. But in a fluid global knowledge economy, of the 21st century the average worker must be trained for 20 years instead of 8 or 12. That same worker will need to be retrained 3 or 4 times over their lifetime and need to relocate 4 to 6 times. We are SO over the middle class of the 20th century so why on earth would we tie ourselves to a mortgage and a fixed location?”

Stocked Fallout Shelter – HuffPost


“Not only is it fascinating to see the well-preserved time capsule, but it’s also interesting to see what the 1960s family deemed necessary for two weeks underground.” Image via USAToday

“A Neenah, WI family got quite a shock when they discovered that a fallout shelter in their backyard wasn’t empty, but instead, fully stocked. The Zwick family has lived in their current home for ten years, and always knew that the bunker in the backyard existed. But they believed it was empty. The stocked shelter is just one example of the fears that many Americans felt during the Cold War, when the threat of nuclear warfare was all too real.”

4,000 Year Old Gold-Adorned Skeleton Found – The Independent

“Windsor may have been popular with royalty rather earlier than generally thought.  Archaeologists, excavating near the Royal Borough, have discovered the 4400 year old gold-adorned skeleton of an upper class woman who was almost certainly a member of the local ruling elite.”

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