The Chicago fire wiped out virtually all of its iron architecture. The Singer corporation purchased many of the columns that had adorned the facades of buildings, melted them down and recast them as sewing machines.
Oh, no, not at all. Really?
This is too sad. I agree really?
The biggest change in the National Trust is the very new interest in the recent past (< 50years old) and industrial properties, partly fueled by DOCOMOMO. Some of these changes are for the better, particularly the interest in Traditional Cultural Properties and the inclusion of modern architecture. Others smack of what Derrida termed "archive fever," where everything of possible interest should be saved for future study. Aesthetics can be a secondary concern.I'm a professional in the preservation field, and we regularly joke about retiring before we have to worry about 1970s strip malls turning 50 years old and having to develop treatment methods for dryvit.
It just makes no sense to me to preserve Century Plaza- Quarter Rat-to my eye-that is getting pretty close to the strip mall zones. and that Miami Marine mess. ugg.GT
I would love to see your picture! I'm a bit fascinating by the 1800s mourning rituals - so complex and reverent. Death is so much rarer in our day (comparatively) and we're so much more cavalier!On my way to Pigtown to check out the Poe post!
Not in the least.I went to see what site was like and it reflects a grossly sanitized appearance. I for one no think the architecture of the America in the last 50 years has really contributed much to warrant preservation. My God, they would be considered virtually new in other countries. Why are they falling apart or endangered indeed? The answer is telling just look at the choice here. The America is such a throw away society it does not get it. XL
We've got exactly the same problem here in Canada. It's a shame. Granted, Europeans are far from perfect. Who would be? But as far as preserving the past is concerned, we should have a look over the Atlantic - and learn.Roger G.
Yes, these are all within the charter of the National Trust, and it's entirely appropriate to consider their nominations. What's your outlook that makes you disagree?
There seems to be no Movement left in their movement. The PP comment is indicative of part of the problem. The defensive reaction to criticism. The NT Preservationists are another tight knit group afraid to open its doors & lack the generosity to recognize independent groups who have something different to offer. XL
PP-thank you for your input. I think I pretty much state my outlook from post,& simply stated It does not match my impression. GT