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“Just Say Yes”: How Improvisation and Craft Shaped the Restoration of the Chicago Athletic Association Building

By Paul Alessandro Improvisation is the art of crafting a story based on bits of information contributed by the audience as well as fellow performers. Each night in improv theaters all over Chicago, actors use a simple rule to forward their improvisations and support one another&rsquo...

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“Preservation as Provocation” Winners Discuss Designs for the Farnsworth House

The Farnsworth House is one of the most revered buildings of the 20th century. Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1945 and constructed in 1951, it is a vital part of modern iconography. The building first opened to the public in 2005 and a modest visitor’s center was erected. Visitors...

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Case Study: A Preservationist’s Own Rehabilitation Project

By Giselle Rahn Beyond the well-known and beautiful National Landmark District of Savannah, Georgia, many blocks in the city include one or two abandoned or empty houses. In spring 2014 my then-boyfriend (now husband)—a man with a big heart and minimal home maintenance experience&mdash...

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Restoration at the Glass House: Enhancing Performance, Maintaining Design Integrity

By Chelsea-Anne L. Harrington Completed in 1970, the Sculpture Gallery at The Glass House was built to display Philip Johnson’s sculpture collection, which includes works by prominent artists such as Frank Stella, Michael Heizer, and Robert Rauschenberg, to name only a few. The...

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Blog Series: Why Do Old Places Matter?

In 2013 Tom Mayes, the deputy general counsel at the National Trust for Historic preservation, was selected as a winner of the Rome Prize , which is awarded to about 30 emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence. A life-long preservationist, Mayes is the...

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Spring 2015 Forum Journal: Why Do Old Places Matter?

For the spring issue of the Forum Journal , Tom Mayes, author of the recent blog series "Why Do Old Places Matter?” asked scholars from other disciplines to consider why old places matter. Their perceptive articles will inspire you to reflect anew about why we work to save old places. From Max...

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Learning from Loss: Lessons from Virginia`s Lost Architecture

Architecture is a measure of human aspiration and achievement. But if buildings are to be read in that fashion, those that are now lost must be considered along with those that still stand; only then do we see the full landscape of a region. Hundreds -- if not thousands -- of buildings of...


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Unexpected Discoveries During Drayton Hall's Portico Rehabilitation

By Trish Smith A year ago, Trish Smith wrote about the work on Drayton Hall’s portico here on the Preservation Leadership Forum blog. We thought it was time for an update. Drayton Hall from across the pond. | Credit: Wade Lawrence Established in 1738 and completed by the mid...

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Early San Francisco Parking Garages

by Mark D. Kessler 636 Shrader Street. Building adapted to commercial office space. | Credit: Sharon Risedorph When I tell people that I study early parking garages in San Francisco, I get a lot of blank...

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Why Do Old Places Matter? A Smart Growth Webinar

In this webinar, sponsored by the Smart Growth Network , three international historic preservation experts - Tom Mayes, deputy general counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics and president of Heritage Strategies International...

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