Uh, title? Yeah. I didn’t write down the title of who the portrait featured and the only title I could come up with was Royal Landing. This is the first floor landing of No. 1 Royal Crescent, restored and currently run by Bath Preservation Trust. In fact, to the best of my knowledge, no Shaniqua ever lived here, though I stress this statement should not be necessarily considered fact.
Back to school today, and first thing will be a trip to Ty-Mawr for a class on Lime. Let’s see what happens.
Dated 27 Oct 1967 and retained in a small envelope by the Bath City Archives, the stair diagrams were produced during the terrace house’s restoration and conversion into a museum of its former Georgian self.
I’m breaking the rules on this one. As a conservationist, I’m structure-oriented and this theme was almost too good to be true.
But I’m in Bath! I’m in the UK! Every British “Employees Must Wash Their Hands Before Returning to Work” sign has a lottery trust supporting a conservation board for it. England’s great this way, really. In fact, forty-nine percent of construction in Britain is for conservation purposes!
The problem for this theme then is that very little structurally will shortly disappear that I am familiar with, after being in the city for only a month (there are always minor altercations occurring and of course the loss of leaves for winter…). It is this dilemma then that takes me over the pond to the New Jersey shore where Monmouth County’s once great 1930s and ‘40s vacation destination of Asbury Park (founded in 1887 by James Bradley) has been decaying since the 1970s.
A long time ago when I was very young, I was lucky enough to be taken by my parents and grandmother into the Casino right before if was boarded up and shut to the public (at least I’m pretty sure it was the Casino and not Convention Hall). The inside has nice terra-cotta tiles, decorative bronze grills and light fixtures and a great “old timey” feel. More than the rest of Asbury, the Casino is not only decaying but slowly falling into the water (similar to the fate of the Brighton West Pier in the UK). It was the first building I saw that got me thinking about conservation since it “couldn’t be made anymore” and it “might disappear soon.” Hence, I figured it’d be great for this theme.
Today, I’m happy to report that Asbury Park is turning around. There’s a new mayor and beach goers have begun returning to the Jersey waters and the long and elegantly weathered boardwalk promenade. The last time I was there in 2006, the Convention Hall and part of the Casino had been opened up to walk through with blown up old postcard images as a tourist-draw. It seemed like a start to something good.
Take a look at the endangered Historical Buildings in your area. I’ll try to post some links later.
AIA 11 Most Endangered in US
1 (Porto ) –2 (Seattle WA USA (Kim) ) –3 (London, UK ) –4 (Greenville, SC ) –5 (Albuquerque, NM (USA) ) –6 (St Paul Kate ) –7 (ShangHai, China ) –8 (Phoenix, Az ) –9 (Twin Cities, MN ) –10 (Sequim, WA ) –11 (Stayton, OR, USA ) –12 (Bandung (Indonesia) ) –13 (Dallas, USA ) –14 (Stavanger (Norway) ) –15 (Singapore (zannnie) ) –16 (Budapest (Hungary) ) –17 (Paris (France) ) –18 (Tuzla (BiH) ) –19 (Melbourne, (Aust.) ) –20 (Auckland, New Zealand ) –21 (Singapore (Raymond) ) –22 (Dubai UAE (DXBluey) ) –23 (Vantaa, Finland ) –24 (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada ) –25 (St. Paul MN Carol ) –26 (Singapore (Keropok) ) –27 (Delta Colorado, USA ) –28 (Rotterdam (Netherlands ) –29 (Queens, NY (USA) ) –30 (Tenerife (Spain) ) –31 (Santiago (Chile) ) –32 (Nelson, New Zealand ) –33 (( Japan ) ) –34 (Hyde (UK) ) –35 (Sydney (Sally) ) –36 (Manila, Philippines ) –37 (Aliso Viejo, CA (USA) ) –38 (Nottingham UK ) –39 (Brussels, Belgium ) –40 (Sharon, CT (USA) ) –41 (Sydney Australia (Nathalie) ) –42 (Edinburgh, Scotland ) –43 (Evry, France ) –44 (San Diego, CA (USA) ) –45 (Santa Clara, CA (USA) ) –46 (Saarbrücken, Germany ) –47 (Joplin, MO (USA) ) –48 (Indianapolis,IN (USA) ) –49 (rujillo (Peru) ) –50 (arcelona (Spain) ) –51 (erlin (Germany)) –52 (ancouver, BC (Canada)) –53 (Trier (Germany)) –54 (Houston, TX (USA)) –55 (Joensuu, Finland)