Historic Preservation

Virtually There

“The digital reconstructions bringing Roman ruins to life” by Matthew Nicholls raises some interesting questions. In general I’m in favor of reality reality over virtual reality and augmented reality, but that position is not absolute. There are certainly places for digital reproductions of reality. I just have an instinctive reaction against the technology because we …

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I’ve written about the stabilization of the Dickey House before, but the picture above shows something else: the house in its current context. The building with the horizontal slot window openings (if you look closely, no actual windows) is the back of the south wing of the Battery Garage, built in 1950. The taller buildings …

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Practicing Reuse

The best form of recycling is adaptive reuse. A client had some 1950s tanker chairs that were going to be disposed of during interior demolition, and kindly let us take some for use in our office. They match our decor – the vast majority of desks and tables in our office are 1940s-50s steel tanker-style …

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A Battle In The Past

The original Penn Station was a remarkable building, and one that I’ve talked about before. Its loss was a tragedy for New York and certainly contributed to the creation of our landmarks law, even if it was not the sole martyr to the cause that myth has made it. But there’s an important and recent …

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Use Or Lose

I’ve said here before that the best way to save historic buildings is to keep them in use. Conversely, the best way to lose them is to designate them as landmarks without regard for their future use. “Italy’s new ruins: heritage sites being lost to neglect and looting” lays out the second scenario. First, and …

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