Historic Preservation

A Difficult Tragedy To Discuss

Yesterday, I wrote about the effects of delayed maintenance on small and relatively poor religious institutions with historic buildings. Today, I want to look at the other end of the spectrum: the recent fire at Notre Dame de Paris. Marie’s comments from April are still true, as I suspect they always will be. I recently …

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Difficult Buildings To Discuss

“For Churches, a Temptation to Sell” by C. J. Hughes is a good overview of the issues involved with old religious buildings and preservation. The specifics in the article are related to the real estate pressures in New York, but the general themes are applicable far more broadly. In short, there are a group of …

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Still More Stuff

Two new papers have been added to Research, one by me on the origins of structural engineering forensics in the U.S., and one by Gabriel Pardo and Berta de Miguel with a tiny bit of help from me on the intersection of construction history and conservation engineering in New York. The second paper is in …

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Synchronicity

I know I’ve discussed this before, but it can’t be said enough: reuse of buildings is good for the natural environment as well as the cultural environment. Will Hurst at the Architects’ Journal (UK) recently published a manifesto called RetroFirst. I recommend reading the whole thing: the goals and ideas make perfect sense even though …

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Iconic For A Bit Longer

Before I wrote this post about the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows, I did a fast search of how many times I’ve talked here about Flushing. The answer is “a lot.” I talked about the Pavilion over two years ago, and about the feeling of being in Queens, and the Pavilion’s inclusion on …

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