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.

Scout Leaders Who Topped Ancient Rock May Face Charges – NPR

Reprehensible is the first word that comes to mind after reading this story. Three Scout Leaders purposefully destroyed a 145-170 million year old rock formation in front of their troops, because they believed it posed a danger to hikers. In the video, they cheer and congratulate themselves over the fete of strength.

Google Camera Captures Walk Through Arlington National Cemetery – Washington Post


Image via Washington Post

Google on Sunday began its project to map the cemetery by collecting millions of photos and stitching them together to re-
create the feeling of strolling the iconic burial ground of presidents and soldiers. Online users will be able to zoom in close enough to read some grave markers. Or zoom out for panoramas of rolling hills dotted with thousands of white headstones. Or experience a 360-degree view of the resting place of America’s service members. The images will be available in May for the cemetery’s 150th anniversary. What a great way to share one of the United States’ most treasured historic landmarks! Let’s hope Google decides to map more historic places in the future.

US Capitol Dome to Undergo $60 Million Restoration – Vertical Access Blog


Rust gathers along the molding of the Capitol Dome. The architect of the Capitol says that water has seeped through the structure and is causing damage inside. Image via National Journal

“‘From a distance the dome looks magnificent, thanks to the hard-work of our employees,” the Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers says in a statement. “On closer look, under the paint, age and weather have taken its toll and the AOC needs to make repairs to preserve the Dome.’ Ayers says this will be first time the dome will receive a complete makeover since the one it received in 1959 to 1960.”

Is Recent History Too Recent? The Dilemma Over Preserving Our Pop Culture – Preservation In Action


Image via Boston Globe

The recent closing of the Hilltop Steakhouse in Saugus, Massachusetts, has placed the future of the towering, 68 foot high cactus sign and full-sized, fiberglass steer by the highway in jeopardy.   Although many roadside structures and building that have been labeled “Americana,” are well-documented, landmarked and/or added to the National Register of Historic Places, most have not.  The author asks, “Should we even have the right to have an impact on what these private businesses do with their property?  Or does a time come when facades and features, like the cactus sign, become bigger than their owners? Do they become fixtures on the landscape of the built environment, symbols of the events and times of our lives … do they develop significance? “


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