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.
Explore America’s 11 Most Endangered Places – Preservation Nation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released its list of the most endangered historic places in the US. Among them are the James River (threatened by a proposed power line project), the Mountain View Black Officers Club at Fort Huachuca, Houston’s Astrodome, and the historic rural school houses of Montana. Click through to learn more about theses places and why they are in danger.
SoHo Meets The Hamptons – Architizer
“Like its cufflinks, cut crystal chalices, and acute alcoholism, the Hamptons’ architecture is quite often inherited. Such is the case with the historic Watchcase factory in Sag Harbor—but rather than taking the form of a nearly Mayflower-era beach bungalow, this previously deserted piece of industrial infrastructure is being revamped as loft-style condominiums. Maintaining its timepiece namesake, Watchcase presents a new urbanized proposition to the sleepy-chic streets on Long Island’s East End. In a village where a driftwood tchoctke atelier rubs elbows with a Donna Karan concept boutique, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects (of Grand Central Terminal and Brooklyn Navy Yard renovation acclaim) has brought a bit of street to the beach. Grey Gardens, meet city mouse.”
“Suburban office parks today are depressing and life-sucking places to spend eight hours a day. But turning them into mixed-use developments is exactly what people should be doing. These developments make the suburbs more livable and ensure that residents don’t have to travel all over the place to do the things they want–eat, shop, go to a movie, etc.”
Heated battles have erupted in Britain as growth and development in London has resulted in a changing skyline. “Until recently, London has been a low-rise city. Even now, a 12-story building is considered rather tall. But a spate of new skyscrapers is raising questions about the kind of city London should be.” Taller building and a changing skyline effect London’s many historic buildings – views of them and views from them. This has preservationists and UNESCO worried. Jump through to find out which London landmarks have been most effected by the changes, which might lose their World Heritage Site status, and what a compromise between developers and preservationists might look like.
“Still, for most of us, it’s hard to imagine that iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge or the Empire State Building ever didn’t exist. In the same way we take these buildings and bridges for granted, we also rarely consider what cities were like before—or during—their construction. So, with that in mind, check out 20 of our favorite vintage construction photos below. And keep in mind, this is just a jumping off point—post yours in the comments, below.”
Have a fantastic weekend, everybody!