Weekly Architecture Fix, Vol. 9 | Historic Preservation
We’re still here for you, even while social distancing
Over the past eight weeks we’ve had the pleasure of exploring a considerable sampling of historic, modern and contemporary architecture with you. Consequently, it seems an appropriate time to dedicate a feature to Historic Preservation. Plus, after all, May is National Preservation Month.
Our organization’s mission encompasses a strong past, present and future theme. It’s through historic preservation – the act of physically preserving and protecting historic buildings, landscapes and other sites – that we’re able to dialogue with our past about our present and future. Historic preservation educates, interprets and enriches. We hope you enjoy this feature and learning more about the field.
Denver Architecture Foundation Resources:
- A short, sweet and engaging DAF podcast about 800 Emerson.
- ICYMI: Just yesterday DAF released its Out-of-the-Box City video presentation. If you and your kids weren’t able to participate, you can still give the activity a go utilizing our instruction packet.
- Audio Tours teaser: Enjoy this succinct history on the McNichols Civic Center Building.
- Ongoing: Take in the stunning photographs from our 2019 Y/OUR Denver Photo Exhibit, in partnership with the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. Read the accompanying Denver Post article by Ray Rinaldi – “One of Denver’s best photo exhibitions right now is totally free — and you can see it in your PJs” and share/discuss with friends and family!
Feature: Historic Preservation – Resources from the world wide web
“It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future.” – William J. Murtagh
Watch/virtually experience the following:
- Unlock a new virtual experience every day in May through the National Trust for Historic Preservation‘s “Virtual Preservation Month”
- Watch HistoriCorps‘ Saving Places documentary
- Watch the U.S. General Services Administration‘s “Historic Buildings Film Series” which includes Denver’s own Byron R. White U.S. Courthouse
- Follow Denver Landmark Preservation on Instagram (@denver_landmark) this month as they post their favorite historic buildings
- Explore popular Denver landmark Molly Brown House Museum thorough Historic Denver‘s digital resources
- On the lighter side, enjoy these pop culture preservation-themed movies
- Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America by William J. Murtagh
- The Past and Future City by Stephanie Meeks
- A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture by Virginia Savage McAlester
- Place, Race, and Story: Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation by Ned Kaufman
- The following Gary Hustwit films are free the dates below. Take in Rams tonight!
- May 20 – Rams
- May 21 – Workplace
- May 22 – Urbanized
- May 23 – Objectified
- May 24 – Helvetica
Image curtesy of Molly Brown House Museum