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.
“The historic Michigan factory where the iconic Rosie the Riveter and thousands of other women built B-24 bombers during World War II could face the wrecking ball two months from now. A modest nonprofit is trying to raise enough money to salvage some of the massive plant, which Ford sold to General Motors after the war. The Yankee Air Museum figures the factory is the perfect place to start anew, after a devastating fire destroyed its collections in 2004.”
Skeuomorphs – Time Tells
“A skeuomorph is ‘a design feature copied from a similar artifact in another material, even when not functionally necessary.’ Like the body shape of an electric guitar. Examples include the shutter sound on a digital camera, lightbulbs shaped like candle flames, the newstand app that looks like a wooden bookshelf, and plastic lumber with wood graining. I announced my intention to write a blog about skeuomorphs in architecture and my dear friend Elizabeth Milnarik pointed out that ‘architectural history = skeuomorphism, or the rejection of skeuomorphism, more or less.’ She is right.”
20 Buildings You Didn’t Know Were Green – Preservation Nation
“Dozens of historic buildings have become LEED certified, and some of them are already well-known, like the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. These projects are incredible examples of how historic preservation and environmental sustainability can work hand in hand, and how saving the past can enrich the future.” Click through to see 20 unexpected green historic buildings, one constructed in each decade of the last 200 years!
This story doesn’t have so much do with historic preservation as it does with place-making. When John Milkovisch started covering his Houston home with empty beer cans, it became a community landmark. It is now dubbed The Beer Can House and is run by a local arts organization. Ruben Guevara, head of restoration and preservation for the house, says what catches the attention of passersby most are the strands of can tops that hang outside the home. Click through to check it out!
Did you know that a study published in 2011 by the Center for Resource Conservation showed retrofitted historic windows outperform new vinyl windows in terms of energy efficiency and economy?
Be sure to check out the link for specifics about the eleven different preservation treatment options that were investigated!
Did you know that historic preservation is green – as in sustainable and environmentally responsible?
“A commonly quoted phrase, ‘the greenest building is the one that’s already built,’ succinctly expresses the relationship between preservation and sustainability. The repair and retrofitting of existing and historic buildings is considered by many to be the ultimate recycling project, and focusing on historic buildings has added benefits for the larger community.”