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, 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.
Catherine the Great was known for her excessive amounts of dress — 17,000 in all.
Tsarskoye 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.
Photo credits to my mom (yes, the above photo was shot from your average digital camera by someone with no camera experience)
The Great Ballroom is littered with gold. Every inch of the walls are covered in it.
So, whenever you visit St. Petersburg, head to Tsarskoye Selo!
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.
Here are some articles about preserving religious sites:
Advocacy is such a complex word. In fact, it’s so complex that I’ve had to resort to Wikipedia to define it:
the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal : the act or process of advocating something
Simple, right? Nope.
I consider advocacy to be the basis of every organization, for profit or non-profit. Each company needs some form of advocacy, because they need to get their name out there, and money to pursue their dreams.
When it comes to preservation, advocacy IS preservation. These buildings in need of repair aren’t just going to walk up to us and say, “Can I get a new roof?”
I’m finding it difficult to get people, especially those in higher positions that have great influence, to see my vision. Who am I? Simply, I’m just a kid with a dream…join the club.
Persistence and drive move this country forward, so it can move your dream, too — only if you let it.
Sooner or later, my dream, and your dream, will be recognized. I’ve started out with small, manageable dreams. Dreams fund your motivation to advocate.
Hell, not many people can say they’ve done X or Y in their lifetime. I want to be one of those people. So, I shall advocate until all the advocacy is drained from my very soul.
One of the notorious, stereotypical asylums finds its home 45 minutes from my house.
Opened in 1925 as a children’s development center, the center closed in 1991 after lawsuits were filed because of cases of abuse and neglect.
When researching the demolition plans…I saw none. This complex has been completely forgotten, left to rot and decay so society can just — forget.
This is one of our projects for 2014.
It’s in wretched condition and even I’m not sure what can be done. But something has to happen. It’s dangerous for the homeless who find shelter there and the teenagers who explore.
I can’t believe that a developmental and care institution for children is being deemed an “asylum”. That word makes it sound like these children were prisoners.
If you would like to help me on this effort, please feel free to email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
While researching asylums, I came across Westborough State Hospital, located in Westborough, Massachusetts.
As of June 2013, the town of Westborough handed the future of the hospital to the Commission. Declared asbestos-ridden and, presumably, the effects of that “irreversible”, the future looks quite dim.
I have emailed Jim Malloy of the town of Westborough to see if anything can be done to stop at least the administrative building (shown above) from being demolished. I mentioned the possibility of transforming it into a museum. Saving one building on the campus is better than none. There have been talks of commercial redevelopment.