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Information of Historic Resources and Historic Preservation.
The 20th annual edition of Preservation New Jersey’s list cites historic locations that are in “imminent danger of being lost” often due to neglect or planned redevelopment, though Superstorm Sandy damage landed a lighthouse on the list.
“Our goal is to bring awareness to cherished sites that have been a vital part of a community that, without intervention, would fade from existence,” said Michael Hanrahan, president of Preservation New Jersey.
At least one of the sites in this year’s list was being offered for free in December to anyone willing to cart it away. The Giordano Diner on Route 1 in Lawrence, which has also operated under the names Calhoun, Cass, and Ben’s over the last 50 years, is one of five surviving diners built by the Mountain View Diner Co., a Little Falls company. It’s been vacant for decades.
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Early Registration has past, however there is still time to Register and Attend:
Please visit the 2014 conference website, where the agenda, session descriptions, and more details can be found: http://www.njpreservationconference.org/index.html
The Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS seeks applications from qualified students for 2014 summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape and technological significance throughout the country. Duties involve on-site field work and preparation of measured and interpretive drawings, and written historical reports for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collections at the Prints and Photographs Division of The Library of Congress. Projects last 12 weeks, beginning in late May or early June.
View the job announcements and learn other important application details on our website at http://www.nps.gov/history/hdp/jobs/summer.htm
Applications Due: 17 March 2014
“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: firstname.lastname@example.org 856-451-3407 x 2
CHABA: Flavia Alaya: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Via fax to 609 884 8608
Via phone to 609 849 8410
When I first started working my way up through the officers ranks, I thought the presidency would be an easy position to hold. You know kiss a couple of babies, cut some ribbons, easy stuff. It is not true. This has been one of the busiest years of my life and one of the more fulfilling. I have had the benefit of a great Executive Committee, Committee Chairs and Board of Trustees. These are the members who volunteer their time and set the agenda and direction of AIA-NJ. It is hard work by a dedicated few. The AIA is like the factory in the industrial park that always has the help wanted sign out front. There is always a need for our members to join committees or become officers at the section and state level. I know Kurt Kalafsky is working on his committees for next year, if there is an interest I am sure we can find a position for you.
At the Board Meeting of September the following was reviewed.
This is just a small part of what the AIA-NJ is currently working on. Education Committee, CANstruction, Small Firm Round Table, L&GA, NJIT Center for Resiliency, Diversity, Women in Architecture, Post Sandy Regional Workshop and Membership are ongoing committees.
So the next time someone asks what is the AIA doing for me, this is just a small sampling.
The AIA-NJ will be having our Design Day Conference this week. Offering continuing education classes, world class key note speakers, design competition entries, and service award winners announced. This is the high light of our profession in New Jersey. I hope to see everyone there.
Jack Purvis, AIA
2013 AIA New Jersey President
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.
In honor of National Architecture Week (April 7-13, 2013) a week-long celebration of architects and architecture, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects created a list of 10 of New Jersey’s most iconic architects. You’ve seen our list, now tell us what you think. If you want to read more about any of these architects before you vote, please click here for links to articles about each of them. And remember, if you believe someone is missing from the list that should have been included, please write them in the comment section.