Author: Nick Barto

AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar Announces $47 million in Historic Preservation Grants to States

03/07/2012 Contact: Adam Fetcher, (DOI) 202-208-6416 David Barna, (NPS) 202-208-6843 Hampton Tucker, (NPS) 202- 354-2067 WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced $46.9 million in historic preservation grants to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and three affiliated Pacific island states. The grants will enable the states to preserve and protect our nation’s historic sites without expending...

Ornate Cornices Disappearing in Washington Heights

The lion's heads that once graced the cornice of 4195 Broadway, now in a dumpster. (Courtesy Trish Mayo) When the attention of real estate speculators diverts, sometimes old neighborhoods have time to acquire a majestic patina. The Washington Heights section of northern Manhattan has been neglected for some time, but is now getting a fair share of spillover interest from Columbia’s...

Preservation Nation

Photo: © Jorge Salcedo The leafy streets of Boston’s landmarked Back Bay neighborhood. Is landmarking a shield or a sword in the fight against overdevelopment? By Ben Adler Among urbanists in America, the advent of landmark-preservation laws in the 1960s is usually viewed as an inspiring time in urban planning: Concerned communities, academics, and fans of architecture banded together to protect beloved old buildings...

Park Avenue Armory

Herzog & de MeuronPattern Language: In an ongoing restoration and renovation of a New York City landmark, the architects bring subtlety and boldness to the process. By Suzanne Stephens Certain modern architects view the restoration of historic buildings like an archaeological dig that exhumes alterations over time and places the resulting evidence on display. Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron (with Platt...