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.

A Preservationist’s (Photo) Year in Review – Raina Regan

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The Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis. Image via Raina Regan

One of the best parts about being a preservationist is access to interesting historic places. A second best part, is learning to look at the places around us in a different way. A graffiti covered barn is no longer the work of a hooligan, but is public art. The stoplight that catches you every morning on the way to work is not (only) a nuisance, but an opportunity to study what is happening outside the car windows. Preservationist and artist Raina Regan captures this beautifully in her year-end (photo) review. Be sure to click through for photos of Raina’s home base in Indianapolis and her far-flug travels.

The Young Preservationists and the Not Young Preservationists? – Preservation in Pink

Have you noticed the “young preservationist” trend? Not sure exactly what at means? You’re not alone. PiP explores the question and it’s implications in this post and in a follow up, Young Or Not Roundup. Her conclusion? “Preservation is a field that requires a united front, so let’s keep it that way. Avoid “young,” go with something more fitting such as “emerging professionals” and be glad for seasoned professionals. Together we are formidable opponents working to improve the quality of life through the appreciation of our heritage.” Here, here!

The Prettiest Building in Time Square Saved – Scouting New York

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Before and after of one of the statues and niches on the building. Image via Scouting New York

A turn of the century building in Time Square left to decay by a defunct TGIFriday’s was recently saved by Express. The fast fashion house meticulously restored the exterior of the I. Miller Building and the results are fantastic. Way to go Express!  Check out more photos of the building and details about its history after the jump!

Molly Hatch: Tea Cups – Today is going to be awesome.

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One of the teacups painted by Molly Hatch. Image via Today is going to be awesome.

“Last year, ceramics and visual artist Molly Hatch was so inspired by an article written in Selvedge Magazine about a curator at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, Sweden who spent her entire career hand-painting a catalog of objects in the museum (pre-color photography) that she decided to embark on her own cataloging project. Yep, (with their permission, of course) Molly has been painstakingly painting the tea cup collection of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. – Amongst its vast holdings, the Clark Art Institute has a sizable collection of historic teacups. According to Molly the majority of the cups were acquired over a lifetime of collecting by the museum founders Francine and Sterling Clark. Molly challenged herself to make a small painting of 300 of the cups in the collection. ‘These paintings serve as an artistic response to the historic archive of the collection, an effort to view the historic collection through the eyes of a contemporary ceramic artist and designer,‘ she says. In creating them, her paintings become a hand-painted artistic catalog of the collection. The cups Molly painted were originally collected by one family and are all 18th century porcelain. Molly chose these 300 because they are from the same era during which the curator in Sweden was painting her catalog.” Love, love, love this project! To see more of Molly’s beautiful and whimsical paintings click through to the original post.

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