Historic Preservation

The Structure of Skyscrapers

I’ve talked about my skyscraper research a few times, and the finale is here: the book will be published in the next few weeks: The Structure of Skyscrapers in America, 1871–1900: Their History and Preservation. This post will stay at the top of the blog list for a while. As I previously mentioned, I will …

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An Unsolvable Problem

As historic preservation has matured, some of the problems the field has had to address have grown more complicated. Social issues can be addressed, at least partly, by being more inclusive: the creation of the African Burial Ground National Monument was a response to finding remnants of graves during the construction of the federal building …

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It’s not often that historic preservation work makes it into a journal like Science, but the work at Notre Dame de Paris is special. “Scientists are leading Notre Dame’s restoration—and probing mysteries laid bare by its devastating fire” by Christa Lesté-Lasserre is a thorough discussion of the conservation work going on following the April 2019 fire. …

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Pick A Date

That’s a very…interesting…facade. It’s a small commercial building at the southwest corner of 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue, with a big department store wrapping around it on both lot-line sides. Fortunately, it’s in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District, so information is easy to come by. The district, as a whole, contains a lot of stores …

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