Apple shows love to New York’s historic neighborhoods and the Landmarks Conservancy takes notice

Awards, East, News, Preservation
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Apple store on Fifth Avenue. (Rick González / Flickr)

Apple store on Fifth Avenue. (Rick González / Flickr)

The New York Landmarks Conservancy is honoring Apple with its 2016 Chairman’s Award. The award, to be given at a fundraising luncheon where individual tickets start at $500, honors the company for “their contribution to preserving, restoring, and repurposing notable historic structures in New York City.”

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Right on trend, the oldest mall in America is reborn as micro-apartments

Architecture, East, News, Preservation
Monday, February 8, 2016
(Courtesy Ben Jacobsen / NCA)

(Courtesy Ben Jacobsen / NCA)

Search Twitter for #mallmonday and see a hilariously bleak photo series that profiles different malls, some dead, some impossibly sad, each week. Why are these depressing spaces so popular with architects? By giving new life to these huge, redundant spaces, architects tap into ruinophilia to feed a culturally ingrained desire for dramatic transformation and also temper the excesses of capitalism, maybe.

In the Texas capital, Austin Community College annexed semi-vacant Highland Mall for a new campus, while NBBJ is reviving a dead mall in downtown Columbus.

In Providence, Rhode Island, Northeast Collaborative Architects (NCA) handily combined dead mall revivification with micro-apartments, for an timely transformation of downtown’s Arcade Providence, the oldest shopping mall in the United States.

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Historic St. Paul church for sale comes with interred body

Midwest, Other, Preservation
Friday, February 5, 2016
St. Paul's On-The-Hill Church

The historic St. Paul’s on-the-Hill Church is the final resting place of Priest John Wright, whose body must remain in its place once the church is sold. (AlexiusHoratius / Wikimedia Commons)

When buying a building that is in a historic preservation district there are many considerations to take into account, including zoning restrictions, restoration, and often, accessibility concerns. In the case of one St. Paul Church, now on the market, add deceased body to the list. Shuttered a year ago, the historic Episcopal St. Paul’s on-the-Hill in St. Paul, Minnesota is up for sale. One caveat to purchase is that the building comes with the body of one of its former priests, which is not allowed to be moved.

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Hopkins Architects moves forward with revamp of Sert’s Holyoke Center at Harvard

Light filling the interior study spaces (Courtesy Hopkins Architects)

Light filling the interior study spaces (Courtesy Hopkins Architects)

British firm Hopkins Architects (formerly Michael Hopkins & Partners) has been granted planning permission from local authorities to build the new Smith Campus Center for Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Gina Pollara named President of the Municipal Art Society of New York

Courtesy MAS

Gina Pollara. Courtesy MAS

Architect, author, and urban designer Gina Pollara, has been appointed President of The Municipal Art Society (MAS). Frederick Iseman, Chairman of the MAS Board of Directors announced that the move will take effect immediately. Pollara is best known for overseeing construction of Louis Kahn’s memorial to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, when she was executive director of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. The project was completed in October 2012, although it lay dormant for decades after Kahn’s death in 1974.

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Breaking: World War I Centennial Commission names winner in memorial competition


Winning entry to World War I memorial design competition, “The Weight of Sacrifice” by Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard. (World War I Centennial Commission)

The World War I Centennial Commission in Washington D.C. has announced Chicago–based designer Joe Weishaar and New York–based sculptor Sabin Howard as the winners of the World War I Memorial Completion.

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Staten Island’s eerie, abandoned Farm Colony to be transformed into senior housing

Housing, like the cottages pictured here, is designed to dialogue with existing historic structures. (Courtesy v+b)

Housing, like the cottages pictured here, is designed to dialogue with existing historic structures. (Courtesy v+b)

Staten Island‘s abandoned New York City Farm Colony is being redeveloped into Landmark Colony, a $91 million residential community for seniors 55 and older. The architect is Staten Island–based Vengoechea + Boyland Architecture/Urban Planning.

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Engineers’ Club of St. Louis renovates and renames club building

LECTURE Engineers' Club

New lecture hall. (Remiger Design)

One of the nation’s oldest engineering societies is set to remodel its St. Louis Mid-Century Modern home. The 65-year-old building of the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis will be getting a much needed renovation by the local design and planning firm Remiger Design.

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Kevin Roche’s late modern interiors at the Ambassador Grill may be demolished

East, Interiors, News, Preservation
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
(Courtesy Docomomo US)

(Courtesy Docomomo US)

Kevin Roche‘s late modern interiors at the United Nations Plaza Ambassador Grill & Lounge, and Hotel Lobby are in jeopardy. Millennium Hotels and Resorts, the owners 0f ONE UN New York Hotel (the space’s current name) have closed both spaces for possible demolition.

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The tragedy of Mummers Theater and the failed development that spelled its demise

John Johansen's Mummers Theater was renovated into the Stage Center in the 1990s. (Courtesy Elliott+Associates Architects)

John Johansen’s Mummers Theater was renovated into the Stage Center in the 1990s. (Courtesy Elliott+Associates Architects)

The sad saga of the destruction of John Johansen’s Mummers Theater in Oklahoma City has just gotten even sadder. AN has reported numerous times on the effort to save Johansen’s 1970 tour de force Stage Center theater, but that battle was lost in 2015 when the extraordinary building was destroyed to make way for a complex of four corporate towers designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

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A giant 3D printer will replicate an ancient temple destroyed by ISIS

International, News, Preservation
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The Temple of Bel before it was destroyed by ISIS last summer (Arian Zwegers/Flickr)

The Temple of Bel before it was destroyed by ISIS last summer. (Arian Zwegers/Flickr)

Replicas of the entrance arch of the ancient Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, will be recreated using a giant 3D printer for World Heritage Week in London and New York. Read More

AIA Chicago outlines Pullman’s future as a National Monument

Night view of historic Pullman Sleeping Car Factory by night. Image Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Proposed night view of historic Pullman sleeping car factory. (Image Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture)

As part of the ongoing preservation efforts surrounding the South Side Chicago neighborhood of Pullman a print and online book has been released reporting the results of a workshop conducted by AIA Chicago and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) in April 2015. Positioning Pullman gives a history as well as a possible way forward for the once flourishing company neighborhood, which has recently been designated a national monument by President Barack Obama.

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