Preservation Photos #203

Bradford, VT.

Bradford, VT.

This house is actually covered in vinyl, but it’s still striking. Don’t get excited: vinyl siding does not belong on a historic house. Consider this the exception to the rule.

Flamingos in NYC: Lower East Side

What do a flock (excuse me, flamboyance) of flamingos look for in a NYC visit? We visited The High Line, the amazing elevated railroad rehabilitated into a public park, which feeds the urban planning interest among us. We also spent time in the Lower East Side, exploring with the Lower East Tenement Museum and on our own.

A good museum isn’t always easy to find, but the Lower East Side Tenement Museum had been on our preservation-visit wish list for years. It did not disappoint! It is not your typical museum. With a baby flamingo & stroller in tow, we were unable to take an interior tour, so fortunately the weather cooperated and we enjoyed an “Outside the Home” tour. With an engaging, knowledgeable guide, the group walked the Lower East Side neighborhood, learning of the history of its residents and buildings. Did you know that a “tenement” is any building with more than three families in it? However, it’s the connotation that most of us know.

Behind this facade is one of the oldest buildings in the lower east side.

Behind this facade is one of the oldest buildings in the lower east side.

The fire escapes are so interesting.

The fire escapes are so interesting.

One of the schools. (The playground is located on the rooftop, if you're wondering.)

One of the schools. (The playground is located on the rooftop, if you’re wondering.)

Looking up in Chinatown.

Looking up in Chinatown.

A former movie theater house was located in the center building. What a beauty!

A former movie theater house was located in the center building. What a beauty!

Our regret was not being able to take additional tours. The tickets for the 90 minute tours are about $20 each, which seems expensive; however, it is worth the money. Let us not forget that museums require money to operate. And it’s an amazing story of the women who found 97 Orchard Street and established the museum for all to learn about the immigrants in this neighborhood.

Speaking of money, the gift shop is one of the best. (Aren’t museum gift shops always greatt?!) We browsed around for a while as we waited for our tour time.  You can buy your tickets ahead of time, or buy them on site, though some of the tours fill – so plan accordingly.

Inside the gift shop/book store. Good stuff.

Inside the gift shop/book store. Good stuff.

After our museum visit, we strolled around the neighborhood and stopped by the Saturday Hester Street Fair for lunch and browsing. Tents were filled with homemade food (ice cream sandwiches, small plates, pie, smoked meat, ice pops, noodles, soup – all sorts of options) and other tents featured homemade jewelry and other crafts.  It was a nice way to pause between our walking and mass-transit adventures.

Hester Street Fair.

Hester Street Fair.

One of the Hester Street Fair finds.

One of the Hester Street Fair finds.

Strolling the LES.

Strolling the LES.

If you are in New York City, plan to spend some time in the Lower East Side. There’s much more than just museums and fairs, and it deserves much more time than we flamingos had to visit.

Lunchtime at the street fair.

Lunchtime at the street fair.

Preservation Pop Quiz

What do you see in this photograph? Need a hint? It’s regional. Vermonters, you should know.

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Of course, bonus points if you know the location!

Rockingham Meeting House

It only took me about four years, but I finally visited the Rockingham Meeting House – a National Historic Landmark. Construction began in 1787, completed by 1801. It is the oldest public meeting house in Vermont with such a high level of historic integrity. Meetings were held in this building until 1869, after which the building was neglected and vandalized until 1906, when local residents were concerned with its fate and took up its restoration. Today the building hosts weddings and special events, but remains unheated and un-electrified. You can visit in the summer months, from 10am-4pm. It’s quite the impressive building.

Rockingham Meeting House.

Rockingham Meeting House.

From the hill.

From the hill.

The drive up to the meeting house.

The drive up to the meeting house.

Foliage made the site even more beautiful

Foliage made the site even more beautiful

From the other drive. It's hard to get a photographs of the front of the meeting house because it sits on a hill.

From the other drive. It’s hard to get a photographs of the front of the meeting house because it sits on a hill.

Front entrance.

Front entrance.

Clapboard, rosehead nails, small panes of glass.

Clapboard, rosehead nails, small panes of glass.

Looking through the window.

Looking through the window.

Edge of the cemetery.

Edge of the cemetery.

Looking back to the meeting house.

Looking back to the meeting house.

Cemetery.

Cemetery.

A National Historic Landmark.

A National Historic Landmark.

In the cemetery.

In the cemetery.

Next visit, I’ll get there in time to go inside! And, when the federal government gets beyond this shutdown, you can the read the National Historic Landmark nomination and see photographs here.

Preservation Photos #202

A basement store facade in Middlebury, VT.

A basement store facade in Middlebury, VT.

That’s the most inviting basement window I’ve ever seen. And you?

Preservation at the Crossroads: Indy 2013

Hope to see you there!

Hope to see you there!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference will be in Indianapolis, IN from Tuesday October 29 – Saturday November 2, 2013. If you’re a preservation who loves to meet other preservationists, be inspired, explore a new city, learn and share, this is the place to be. Really, check out the program. It’s going to be a ball!

I haven’t been to a NTHP conference since 2005 (Portland, OR) and 2004 (Louisville, KY), so I’m looking forward to this one. It’s a particularly exciting conference to me because I’ll be presenting with an awesome group of preservation gals! And aside from that, I’m psyched to see Raina, meet Tiffany of Historic Indianapolis, meet the NTHP folks and others I only know via the internet or by voice, meet new friends, and catch up with those I know. It’s one big preservation party, and all of the preservation nerds are welcome. Without further ado:

Join us on Thursday October 31 from 3:00-4:30 pm. 

New Media, New Audiences!

New Media, New Audiences!

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The panel!

NTHPhandout (Click here for these images in PDF version. You can also find it on the NTHP conference website). 

Preservation in Pink will feature conference updates, news, plans, happenings as the conference approaches and of course during the conference. Check in for the fun. And if you’re going, let me know. I’d love to meet you!

Fall Foliage in Vermont

When I lived in North Carolina – in the land of long leaf pines – I missed the colors of autumn. Vermont has more than made up for those years; it’s truly beautiful. Now I’m so used to these scenes, that I have to pause to remember how this wasn’t commonplace for my eyes. Here are some recent shots.

Foliage above Montpelier, VT.

Foliage above Montpelier, VT.

Middlebury, VT.

Middlebury, VT.

VT Route 17.

VT Route 17.

VT Route 17, at the Appalachian Gap.

VT Route 17, at the Appalachian Gap.

The App Gap.

The App Gap. Don’t get dizzy.

Lincoln Gap.

Lincoln Gap.

VT Route 125.

VT Route 125.

This post is also called: Mom & Dad, come visit me! 🙂 For anyone wondering about visiting Vermont in foliage season, late September – early October is the best. By Columbus Day, the weather gets finicky and many places are past foliage. Of course, southern to northern Vermont, valleys and hills vary. Do come, it’s lovely.

Flamingos in NYC: The High Line

The flamingo crowd spent a September weekend in New York City, this year’s edition of our annual get together and oh! the sightseeing we did. One of the highlights of the trip was definitely The High Line.

What is The High Line? It’s an elevated railroad on the West Side of New York City converted to a public park. Check out maps here for a better idea of its location. Yes, a landscaped park above city streets. It’s unlike any park most of us have seen (one exists in Paris, but otherwise none have been created yet). This elevated rail line operated as a freight train from 1934 to 1980, serving the meatpacking industry on the West Side, as well as the post office. Portions of The High Line were demolished between the 1960s and 1990s, but 1.45 miles remain and 1 mile is open to visitors.

Mr. Stilts was along for the ride, of course.

Mr. Stilts was along for the ride, of course, just observing people strolling on the High Line.

Here’s a brief history of the creation of High Line from the Friends of the High Line website:

Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the nonprofit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the preservation and transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.

The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. The first section of the High Line opened on June 9, 2009. It runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The second section, which runs between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011.

Simply put, The High Line is a unique, amazing part of New York City. It is landscaped with plants and seating areas, self watered, rail lines are incorporated into design. Some areas are narrow, some wide enough for cafe areas. Sections pass under buildings, between buildings, all with interesting views and a captivating landscape. Historic preservation, landscape design, rehabilitation, urban planning, and community efforts all come together for one big win! Tae a self guided tour and check out some photographs from our flamingo adventure.

View on The High Line.

View on The High Line., near the southern entrance.

Some areas of The High Line are narrow like this and traverse under buildings.

Some areas of The High Line are narrow like this and traverse under buildings.

On The High Line.

On The High Line.

Other areas of The High Line are wide and have grassy areas like this one where visitors can relax and enjoy the scenery, like in any park.

Other areas of The High Line are wide and have grassy areas like this one where visitors can relax and enjoy the scenery, like in any park.

View from The High Line.

View from The High Line.

On a September Saturday afternoon, it was a very crowded spot!

On a September Saturday afternoon, it was a very crowded spot!

More surface and landscape.

More surface and landscape.

Permeable surfaces and plantings throughout the park.

Permeable surfaces and plantings throughout the park.

Laurel and me on The High Line, fellow flamingos.

Laurel and me on The High Line, fellow flamingos.

An excellent adventure on the High Line! If you are New York City, it’s definitely worth a visit, and it’s worth strolling the entire mile, though there are many access points.

October Foliage Coming Your Way

The landscape is striking all sorts of poses, ready to be photographed and shared. Happy October!

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More coming your way!

Preservation Photos #201

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Jane’s Carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City, overlooking the Manhattan Bridge.

Originally built in 1922 for Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio, the carousel was purchased in 1984 for restoration. It opened in Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2011. On most days, you can ride the carousel for $2. It was closed on my visit, so it’s on my list for my next New York City visit. What a view!