Wake Forest NC – This Place Matters!!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s campaign “This Place Matters” helps people protect, enhance, and enjoy the places that matter to them!  This campaign has helped to bring to light communities and locations that are important to us and preserving those locations for future generations.  For those of you that know me you know that historic homes and locations are near and dear to my heart as is the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  It makes me smile to see all of the photos and stories that flood into the site from people all around the country that have places near and dear to them.  This is what historic preservation is all about!

The Town of Wake Forest NC has begun it’s local campaign for “This Place Matters” and you can join in by sharing the historic places in Wake Forest NC that matter to YOU!  How can you participatte?  It’s easy – all you have to do is visit the Wake Forest NC This Place Matters campaign site and download your free “This Place Matters” sign.  Take a digital photo of yourself holding the sign at local residences, landmarks or other significant locations throughout Wake Forest NC that matter to you.  Submit your photo along with a short story as to why the location is important and meaningful to you to thisplacematters@wakeforestnc.gov.   All photo submissions with then be displayed in a slide show at http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/thisplacematters_photos.aspx

For more information regarding the local “This Place Matters” campaign you can contact Agnes Wanman at (919) 435-9516 or AWanman@wakeforestnc.gov.  For information on the National “This Place Matters” please visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Historic Raleigh NC Post Office – circa 1878 – Help Keep It Open!

Here is one story that I will be following closely.  As a result of economic downturn as well less volume this historic Raleigh NC landmark is in jeopardy of closing.  Here is an excerpt from the ABC11 story.

RALEIGH (WTVD) — A downtown Raleigh landmark that has been in service continually for nearly 135 years is set to be shutdown.

The Century Post Office at the Federal Building on Fayetteville Street has been in operation since 1878 — it was actually the first post office built in the south following the Civil War.

Now, the US Postal Service says it wants to close the office in mid-July, citing a 20 percent decline in mail volume and lost revenue of $8.5 billion in the last two years.

You can read the full story here.    What are your thoughts on the potential closing of such a significant historic landmark here in Raleigh NC?

Another Historic Gold Coast Estate Falls by the Wayside

Lands End - Melville, NY

The Estate that is rumored to be the inspiration for the classic novel “The Great Gatsby” is slated for demolition later this month.  While many attempts were made to sell the estate there was little to no interest given the amount of additional funds that would have been required to restore the property.

By Emily C. Dooley  Newsday

MELVILLE, N.Y. — The once-grand white house watches over Long Island Sound from the tip of Sands Point, its days numbered.

Lands End, the 25-room Colonial Revival mansion that local lore says was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s inspiration for Daisy Buchanan’s home in “The Great Gatsby” faces demolition this month.

In the 1920s and ’30s, Winston Churchill, the Marx Brothers and Ethel Barrymore attended parties there. Fitzgerald was perched on the back deck, drinking in the view. Rooms featured marble, parquet and wide wood-planked floors, Palladian windows and hand-painted wallpaper.

Now, the front door is off its hinges, wood floors have been torn up for salvage, windows are missing and the two-story Doric columns are unsteady.

Sands Point Village in January approved plans to raze the house and divide the site into lots for five custom homes starting at $10 million each.

Lands End is the latest Gold Coast estate to fall. With each demolition, the North Shore loses more of its gilded past, when sea breezes and social events attracted the rich and famous. Historians say hundreds of the mansions have been lost in the past 50 years as owners faced increasing taxes and high maintenance costs.

“The cost to renovate these things is just so overwhelming that people aren’t interested in it,” said Clifford Fetner, president of Jaco Builders in Hauppauge, N.Y., and Lands End project construction manager. “The value of the property is the land.”

Please continue to “Gatsby” Place Joins Doomed Mansions list by Emily C. Dooley to read her article in it’s entirety.

Historic River Mill Condo for Sale!

It is rare that a unit in historic River Mill becomes available and when they do – DON’T BLINK or they are snatched up! Well, not only is there a historic condo available it is absolutely gorgeous with a completely remodeled kitchen that has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and beautiful cabinetry, a remodeled bath with granite counters and a custom, granite tile shower, dramatic 13′ ceilings with exposed beams and floor to ceiling windows that allows the light to bounce artfully off of the exposed stone walls.  But guess what?  It gets better!

THIS UNIT IS RIVERSIDE! Yes, you can wake up every morning to scenic views of the river and be lulled to sleep every night by the gentle sounds of the river flowing gently past.

Some particulars are:

  • circa 1854
  • one bedroom/one bath
  • 615 square feet
  • hardwood floors
  • exposed stone
  • new HVAC/compressor in ’10

You can certainly gain a perspective of the incredibly rich history of the mill at River Mill, Wake Forest NC – Live In History! For more information on this available unit please feel free to email me or call me at 919-649-6128 – I would love to answer any questions you may have!

House Passes FULL Funding for the Historic Preservation Fund

From Preservation Nation……

On July 30, the House passed a major package of energy and oil spill provisions dubbed the CLEAR Act. Why is this good news for preservationists? The legislation contains a provision that would fully fund the Historic Preservation Fund at its entire authorized level of $150 million. Not since its inception in 1976 has the Historic Preservation Fund received full funding to carry out the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act. In fact, since 2001, appropriations have declined from $94 million to less than $80 million.

What this provision means is that all funds collected from Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing (the source of revenue for the Historic Preservation Fund) would be dedicated to supporting national preservation programs. Now, imagine for just a moment what great preservation work our movement will accomplish with full funding of $150 million. I’m normally not an exclamation mark kind of a guy, but wow!

Check out the rest of the article…….

Lynnewood Hall – From Regal to Ruins

Lynnewood Hall

Then and Now

The following excerpt is from a FOX news article.  To read the story in its entirity please follow the link at the end.  There is also a Facebook Fan Page – Save Lynnewood Hall for those of you interested in following the story.

“Lynnewood Hall, a century-old stunner of a building just outside Philadelphia, silently, almost invisibly, languishes 200 feet beyond a two-lane blacktop road like a crumbling little Versailles.

The graceful fountain that welcomed hundreds of well-heeled visitors, President Franklin Roosevelt among them, was dismantled and sold years ago. Its once meticulously sculpted French gardens are overgrown with weeds and vines. The classical Indiana limestone facade may have lost its luster but its poise still remains — at least from the other side of rusted wrought iron gates that keep the curious at bay.

Like other Gilded Age palaces of the nation’s pre-Depression industrial titans, Lynnewood Hall is a relic of a bygone era facing an uncertain future. Will it befall the same fate as neighboring Whitemarsh Hall, the demolished mansion of banking magnate Edward Stotesbury? Or will it be returned to former glory, like industrialist Alfred I. duPont’s former Nemours Mansion in Delaware?

“It’s a tragedy that people drive past Lynnewood Hall and don’t know what it is, or don’t even notice it’s there,” said Stephen J. Barron, who runs a website and Facebook group aiming to drum up interest in the mansion’s plight. “It breaks my heart and it bothers me. The house is a work of art.”

Long before its current humble predicament, Lynnewood Hall was home to the uber-wealthy Widener family and called “the last of the American Versailles.”

Please following this link to FOX news for the complete article.

National Trust for Historic Preservation announces 2010 America’s Most Endangered Places

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced their 2010 America’s 11 Most Endangered Places list.  Among the 11 you will find:

  • President Lincoln’s cottage in Washington D.C.
  • Angel Island Immigration Center in San Francisco
  • Merritt Parkway in Fairfield County Connecticut
  • Metropolitan AME Church in Washington D.C.
  • Threefoot Building in Meridian Mississippi

Check out the list and be sure to share with friends!  Together we can all make a difference in saving historic places!!!!

Saving Endangered Places with Social Media.