In the summer of 2011, the tower at Independence Hall was bared to the bones for the first time since it was added in 1828. In a restoration project for the National Park Service (NPS), contractors bared the face level of the tower down to the structural framing. The NPS has a detailed write-up of the project, along with pictures, videos, and step-by-step pictorial guides of the process.
Architecture of Democracy
by Allan Greenberg
Independence National Historic Park
The park captures quite well the beauty, freedom, wide open spaces, breathing room found in our country.
You see, for all the information Moshier presented (and believe us, you should read it, because it was a ton), it was what was missing from that information that stood out the most to us. For all those wise, wise words, for all her obviously extensive research, for all the astute observations and connections she made, for all the motivation her writing inspired, for all her details on the women’s heritage trails in states and cities across the country, there was one thing Moshier failed to include in her information: any mention of a woman’s history heritage trail in Pennsylvania.
Because there isn’t one.
So what we would LOVE to discuss is how a heritage trail could be developed, promoted, and used by the public to connect women’s history to the rich network of historic sites we have here.
Here are our beginning questions, let’s open up the discussion. Feel free to give us your thoughts in response to these questions, or respond with more questions you might have.
Who would develop this heritage trail?
How would they develop it?
Would it be contained to publicly operated sites?
Could it blend both publicly and privately operated sites?
What were the important contributions women made in
How are those contributions and roles already
represented in our history sites?
How can we connect those sites with a heritage trail?
Which sites would we use?
|The National Postal Museum is a Smithsonian museum in Washinton, D.C.
residing in the old Post Office building next to Union Square.
ceilings customary in modern buildings in just a little over 50-60 years?
Building preservation jobs cannot be outsourced – local jobs that will renew our collective built history. From this video it seems as though the President has a good understanding of preservation and energy efficiency – very encouraging.
On Thursday, April 22nd, any contractor working on a building with lead-based paint will have to be a lead-safe certified firm. The EPA is has written guidelines to help protect homeowners from lead dust and contractors have to complete a 8 hour training course. Helping to protect homeowners is important – the downside is the increased cost to each project (we will have to see what that is once we have set up a few projects with the new protective barriers).
For more information on lead and how to protect your family visit the EPA website: http://www.epa.gov/lead
The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently launched a website devoted to providing “green building” resources to home and business owners.
The site includes:
Tips for homeowners
*10 green things for under $10
*wood window facts (to educate yourself when the replacement window salesperson knocks on the door)
*energy efficiency tips
There is also information for businesses, about the reuse of buildings, green news, research, and other green building/preservation resources.
This is a valuable site to continue your education about preservation and sustainability be sure to visit and revisit often http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/sustainability/.