“Buildings Of Interest” Complete!

Linking the Environment to Preservation

The environment. What a complex and interesting topic, much like preservation!

There is a word used in the environmental community called conservation. Similar to preservation, conservation maintains and keeps what’s already there. Conservation, in reference to the environment, would usually consist of forests, oceans, and wildlife habitats. So, what does that have to do with preservation?

To conserve and/or preserve takes a team. In historic preservation, you have lawyers, advocates, specialists, and those who work with the physical places up for renovation. In environmental organizations, you have lawyers, advocates, and those who work with the physical environments up for conservation. See the similarity?

Environmental activists utilize the same principles and resources as preservation¬†advocates, just with different subjects in mind. In reality, both parties are very alike. Both of them actually have the same stereotypes: aggressive, eccentric, and entitled activists who get what they want (says people with whom I’ve talked to).

So, let’s take a poll.

Ending Your “What If” Fears and the Future of “Speak Up For Buildings”

What if?

What if!

What if?!

These two words have stopped me dead in my tracks for the past 2 years I’ve been blogging/advocating. It’s been a rocky road. My writing skills were not adequate to begin with, and I needed to email top officials of big companies for interviews and quotes.

It’s hard to get your foot in the door. My breakthrough moment was when the National Trust for Historic Preservation caught site of my work when I emailed them once about internship possiblities.

Life is weird, sometimes. I honestly thought I would go into historic preservation as my career. Somethings have changed. I still am a preservationist, and will always advocate for my passion.

“Speak Up For Buildings” will most likely be no more than just a blog. I’m wanting to pursue my dream of saving asylums, but it’s hard when you’re pursuing another career. The two careers are somewhat intertwined. I plan to be an environmental advocate, and abandoned buildings pose as an environmental hazard. It seems contradictory, to preserve building yet discover they are unsavable. But, in the end, I can combine them.

I really want to thank everyone for all they’ve done for my blog these past two years. This is not a goodbye, don’t worry. I never thought I would have 140 followers. It’s truly an honor. I felt like I was in over my head when I signed up for WordPress. But, this is a prime example of what you can do with your passions, and how you can affect the world. I have followers in Mexico, Italy, Canada, and the United States.

You’ll see a lot more of me in your News Feed. “Buildings of Interest” is still underway! More documentaries are to come, too!

Establishing a Connection with Your Neighborhood

Let’s face it — everything’s becoming industrialized and modernized, and so forth. All those cute Victorian treasures are being turned into all glass, all technological mansions and, frankly, they’re bringing down the mood of Main Street.

There have been proejects circulating among Main Streets everywhere. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has a program dedicated to helping historic districts all around the country. From downtown Boston, MA to Weston, WV, historic districts bring life and a “vibe” to a town.

So, where do you live? If you live in an urban setting, are there small, underrated buildings that stand out among the skyscrapers? A lot of times, tourists would be the ones visiting the museums and little shops and the ones taking the walking tours. But, why don’t you? Be a tourist in your own town. You’re spending money there, might as well know it’s history and where it comes from. Who knows, maybe your apartment was a tenement house back in the ’20s…

Tsarskoye Selo

Tsarskoye Selo, a legitimate city outside of St. Petersburg, Russia, is home to one of the residences of the early Romanov’s. Catherine the Great married Peter the Great — the father of the Russian Navy and founder of St. Petersburg.

Catherine the Great was a Lithuanian.

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Catherine the Great was known for her excessive amounts of dress — 17,000 in all.
25080_1283614204088_5949608_nTsarskoye Selo was bombed during WWII and remained in utter shambles until it was completely restored. The outside was made to look like the original. The similarity is striking — you couldn’t tell that it had been bombed.

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Photo credits to my mom (yes, the above photo was shot from your average digital camera by someone with no camera experience)

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The Great Ballroom is littered with gold. Every inch of the walls are covered in it.

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So, whenever you visit St. Petersburg, head to Tsarskoye Selo!

Historic Religious Sites

A lot of the most beautiful pieces of architecture are religious structures and sites. Many churches in the world resemble a time now passed, with Gothic or Basque architecture outlining its stone or brick foundation and walls.

I think it’s the mere fact that the world is becoming less religious, or at least practicing their religion, that these sites are not well-regarded as historic or even beautiful. Sure, most sites are preserved because people are still using them, especially in Europe because European countries are older than America itself.

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Here are some articles about preserving religious sites:

http://articles.philly.com/2011-03-11/news/28680464_1_historic-churches-religious-buildings-religious-structures

http://listverse.com/2012/11/23/top-10-stunning-religious-buildings-in-images/

http://preservationmass.org/programs/historic-religious-properties/

http://www.phlf.org/programs-and-services/historic-religious-properties-program/