The Recent Past Preservation Network is pleased to release the latest issue of our quarterly digital magazine, formerly the Bulletin and re-branded as Connections. We’re all about the “new” with this issue: our new name; new methodologies for evaluating post-war resources; a newly discovered property in Michigan; a fresh look at addressing site remembrance of recent events; and a new advocacy campaign to save a Modern Philadelphia landmark.
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IN THIS ISSUE
We closely watch the legal battles, sign the petitions, and hope that through our collective support, we can help save these under-appreciated and vulnerable buildings. Time and again, by the time campaigns for threatened Modern buildings gain tremendous support, it is often too late. In determining our approach to the advocacy campaign for the Philadelphia Police Administration Building, also known as the Roundhouse, it was unclear whether it should commence immediately or if we should wait until after the City of Philadelphia had announced their ultimate plans for the building.
Cultural resource specialists are well aware of the large number of post-World War II (postwar) residences that are now “coming of age,” that is, becoming 50 years old and thus eligible for evaluation for the National Register of Historic Places (National Register). Because the large number and ubiquity of these resources presents a challenge to decision makers, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) chose to proactively address the issue of documenting these resources that likely could be impacted by future transportation projects.
During the past three years the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has focused on Michigan’s outstanding, but overlooked, midcentury modern resources through the Michigan Modern project. The project will culminate with an exhibition entitled Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America, which will open at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on June 14, 2013 and run through October. The 1950’s Wrightian residence of the Frank Ward family in Battle Creek, designed by Taliesin Fellow Lee Kawahara, is one of the residences that came to light through the Michigan Modern project.
The creation of a monument requires many steps and processes. There must be something to memorialize, a people who want to remember it, the finances to support it, and the artistic sensibilities and understanding to create and design the monument. In the past fifteen years, cataclysmic events with impact on a wide range and number of people have been followed by a memorialization process that begins almost instantaneously or “while the ground is still burning.”