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Author Archives: Bruce D. Turner, AIA
“BRIDGETON ROSE” HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS PROGRAM ON NOVEMBER 13 FEATURES FAMOUS ARCHITECTS AND HISTORIC CHURCHES
Bridgeton, October 23, 2013. Do the names: Strickland–Eyre–Sloan–Furness–Venturi–mean anything to you? If so, you probably know more than a little something about historic American architecture.
But even you could get an unexpected boost in your learning curve on Wednesday, November 13, when the City of Bridgeton Historic District Commission and the Center for Historic American Building Arts partner up for a third year’s celebration of the state’s largest historic district with the “Bridgeton Rose Awards,” and to thank those whose stewardship has benefited some of the district’s thousands of historic and architectural treasures.
“Our special theme this year is the great architects who stopped by Bridgeton to drop off some of their work,” says James Livoti, AIA, the Commission chairman and resident architect. “People may be a little surprised to see how many of them came through here. As an architectural legacy, it really does Bridgeton proud.”
The awards event will be held at Bonham Hall of the First Presbyterian Church, 119 West Commerce Street. The church itself, once known as “West Presbyterian,” was designed by the great Philadelphia architect, Samuel Sloan.
In fact, Bridgeton churches have a special niche in the event program this year. The featured speaker is author Frank Greenagel, the authority on historic New Jersey churches whose most recent book is The Cumberland Churchscape. “As religious communities invested in major construction,” he says, “they often commanded the design skills of big-name architects.” But he adds that the area’s bounty of architected churches “is complemented by the beauty and character of some of its vernacular treasures.”
Flavia Alaya, the cultural historian who created the awards program and now heads CHABA, the Center for Historic American Building Arts in Bridgeton, promises a few surprises among the awards this year. “Expect to learn about some of the gems that need a spotlight to be appreciated,” she says. “Our goal is to highlight preservation as a tool for enhancing the district’s economic development potential,” she says, and adds that her own favorites among this year’s awardees are the smaller buildings and homes, gardens and neighborhoods that “people love and come together around.”
“An awards program is a way of giving credit where it’s due, up at the top and in the middle and down at the grassroots too,” she says, “where the only incentive may be a spirit of caring, respect for what’s beautiful, and a will to add to everybody’s quality of life.”
She is quick to add that it doesn’t hurt to be able to point with pride to the handiwork of some of America’s finest architects. “It means that the largest historic district in the state–over 2000 properties–is large for a reason: it offers what Bridgeton alone CAN offer in this dense megalopolis of the Northeast corridor–a small, walkable postindustrial town with the entire American story, and the whole spectrum of American architecture, all in the palm of your hand–or maybe under the soles of your feet. How many small towns within an hour of Philly and two of New York can say that?”
A brief meet and greet at 5:30 PM with sophisticated refreshments and musical entertainment will take attendees straight into the highly visual awards program, which runs to 7:30 PM. Ample free parking is available around the church. Tickets at $30 benefit the City of Bridgeton Historic Preservation Trust Fund, dedicated to the care of publicly-owned historic sites in the city.
Tickets are now available at Hankins Bros. (12 Broad Street) and the Cohansey Cafe (21 E. Commerce St.). They may also be purchased at the door on November 13.
City of Bridgeton: Roberta Copeland: email@example.com 856-451-3407 x 2
CHABA: Flavia Alaya: firstname.lastname@example.org
the Center for Historic American Building Arts [chaba]
ReVisioning New Jersey’s Largest Historic District
31 West Commerce Street
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
The Historic Resources Committee of
AIA New Jersey
Design Guidelines for Elevating Historic Buildings in NJ
Owners of buildings in areas subject to flooding face a future that requires effective and thoughtful planning. Community flood hazard mitigation techniques (such as dune creation and drainage improvements) in concert with specific building techniques (such as resilient finishes, structural reinforcement and the relocation of utilities and systems) will reduce but not eliminate risk of serous damage in all cases.
According to data from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection/Historic Preservation Office, more than 30,000 historic properties lie wholly or partially within the flood plain. Even if a small percentage of these structures are raised, the number would be large and the impact great.
As a first step in the preparation of these guidelines, AIA-NJ is soliciting examples of likely candidates for elevation and existing buildings that have already been elevated or are in the process of being elevated from fellow architects, colleagues in engineering and construction, property owners and all other interested parties.
HOW AND WHAT TO SUBMIT
Please submit photos of actual examples (current or before and after) and all other pertinent information (including the property address and the name & contact information of the submitter) via email to email@example.com by Monday, November 4, 2013. Limit emails to no more than 7 megs (larger submissions will require multiple emails).
AIA-NJ will meet on November 9th to review the submission and to select as many as 12 examples to be investigated further, developed and possibly used as case studies and examples of best practices in forthcoming Guidelines. The results of this call for submissions will be released in early 2014. The information gathered is intended to provide guidance to owners of existing and historic buildings, local historic commissions and design professionals.
Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Via fax to 609 884 8608
Via phone to 609 849 8410
AIA South Jersey/AIA West Jersey Joint Membership Meeting
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Annata Wine Bar
216 Bellevue Avenue
Hammonton, NJ 08037
Cocktails: 5:00 – 6:00pm (Cash Bar)
Repositioning the AIA Discussion: 6:15 – 6:45pm
Dinner: 6:45 – 7:45pm
** Choose from: Salmon, Flank Steak, or Chicken Piccata
Member Meeting: 7:15 – 7:45pm
** Jim Del Grosso, AIA – President of AIA West Jersey
** Bruce D. Turner, AIA – President of AIA South Jersey
** Presentation of AIA West Jersey Goettlemann Award
Presentation: 7:45 – 9:45pm
Wrap Up & Door Prizes: 9:45 – 10pm
AIA South Jersey & AIA West Jersey Members $20
Non-Members & Guests $35
Interns & AIA Associate Members FREE
Part 1 – “Resilient Design for a Post Sandy World”
Part 2 – “Camp Osborn Case Study – “The Rebirth of Camp Osborn a Neighborhood Destroyed by Super Storm Sandy”
by Jack Purvis, AIA and Verity Frizzell AIA
This program is pending approval for 3 CEUs
AIA South Jersey members and guests RSVP to Bruce Turner at (856) 405-0351 or by e-mail at email@example.com. AIA West Jersey Members and guests RSVP to Jim Del Grosso at 609-923-0346 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please RSVP by Sunday, September 15, 2013. Please RSVP with your menu selection as noted above.
In an e-mail to the Melissa Hunt, the Executive Director of the AIA Central Oklahoma Chapter, AIA New Jersey President Jack Purvis, AIA has offered the assistance of our 120 AIA-NJ members that were trained in Disaster Recovery through the State of California Safety Assessment Program. We greatly appreciate the assistance that was (and continues to be) given to us after Sandy, and we likewise want to assist others in their time of need.
For more information about what is being done and what you can do, please visit the American Institute of Architects Disaster Response webpage by clicking here.
From the desk of Robert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/CEO of the American Institute of Architects – The AIA opposes efforts to erect high power lines too near Arkansas’ jewel, the Thorncrown Chapel by Fay Jones. An online petition can be found here. Please help spread the word.
CSI Philadelphia Annual Seminar Day
Affordable Housing: Innovation and Construction
On Monday, May 20, 2013, the Philadelphia Chapter of CSI will host its annual seminar day. The topic this year will be Affordable Housing: Innovation and Construction. The event will be held from 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm at The Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, 400 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. David Stuzman, AIA, President of the Philadelphia Chapter of CSI, extends his personal invitation to all members of AIA New Jersey to attend this very worthwhile program. For more information and to register, please click here.