“I was trained as both an architect and architectural historian,” Merlino says, “and have always been drawn to older buildings and the layered narrative of history they embody.” Her book, “Building Reuse: Sustainability, Preservation, and the Value of Design” was published this year by UW Press.
“The restoration and reuse design of 859 Massachusetts Ave. is an inspiring example of community-wide dedication to both preserving history and caring for the future,” Charles Sullivan, executive director of the Cambridge Historical Commission, said in a statement.
The Divine Lorraine Hotel, a 19th-century North Philadelphia building that had fallen into disrepair, has been rehabilitated into apartments and retail and restaurant space. Credit Mark Makela for The New York Times
In Philadelphia, losing the tax credit could have a devastating effect on efforts to defend the historic building stock, said Harris Steinberg, executive director of Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and chairman of the new preservation task force. “It very well could lead to more demolition of unprotected historic fabric,” he said.
“The millennial generation is rejecting the cookie-cutter suburbia of manicured lawns and McMansions and are going for things that are more quirky,” said Tim Adriance, past president of the Bergen County Historical Society. “They are looking for something more solid with history that has connection to something.”
Using cutting-edge window testing technology, the Collaborative’s tests are verifying “what most people in historic preservation have known for years, old and historic windows can cost effectively be made as or more energy efficient than new, disposable replacement windows.” “The Effects of Energy Efficiency Treatments on Historic Windows” is an empirical study recently completed by the Center for Resource Conservation in Boulder Colorado. The study involved retrofitting windows in a test home in a historic district and investigated and then compared the energy efficiency and economy of eleven different preservation treatment options with that of new vinyl windows. Most of the proposed treatments were able to outperform a new vinyl window.
Domus Development converted a 1917 Masonic temple and an 1872 City Hall into the Temple Art Lofts, an affordable housing community for artists. The building contains 29 efficiencies, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms, as well as studio spaces where the residents can work.
PHOTO BY SUSAN POAG
Collin Stedman, a ninth grade student at St. Martin’s Episcopal School, who was volunteering with his entire ninth grade class, helps Randy Majoria, an enivironmental quality specialist with Jefferson Parish, line one of the fences with Christmas trees in the marsh near Goose Bayou in Jean Lafitte,LA Friday, January 11, 2008. Recycled Christmas trees are places in the marsh as part of the Jefferson Parish Christmas Tree Marsh Restoration Project to help restore the wetlands.