Posts Tagged ‘historic preservation’

Photo: Historic Savannah

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
Victorian Homes in Savannah

Victorian homes in Savannah

There are few southern cities that survived the Civil War as well as Savannah, Georgia. Founded in 1733, the city has seen its fair share of tragedy, including fire, war, disease, and its unique connection to voodoo culture. As a result, the American Institute of Parapsychology named Savannah “America’s Most Haunted City” in 2002.

But Savannah is more than spooky ghost stories. Despite its colorful past, it is recognized as one of the most historically preserved cities in the United States thanks to a caring community who pride themselves on old fashioned southern hospitality. There are over 40 blocks of gorgeous architecture with 150-year-old oak trees and Spanish moss hanging over cobblestone streets.

The city is also well known for having a thriving art culture, largely due to the creative students at the Savannah College of Art and Design. But for the more traditional art fan, there are the Telfair Museums, comprising of the Telfair Academy, the Owens-Thompson House, and the Jepson Center. The Telfair is the oldest art museum in the South and was founded in 1883. The museum has now expanded into three buildings and represents art from the 19th century to the contemporary arts.

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Q&A: Backstage with Joe Rosenberg

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Joe Rosenberg is an architecture and theater historian who is responsible for the landmark designation of Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, and more than 40 other historic theaters in New York City. Joe is also Study Leader on our Backstage on Broadway tour. Here, program manager Cheryl Lytle asked him for some insight on his long career in historic preservation. Click here for more information on Joe and traveling with him.

Cheryl Lytle: Your degree is in medical biochemistry. How did you become interested in saving historic buildings in New York City?

Study Leader and Broadway expert Joe Rosenburg

Study Leader and Broadway expert Joe Rosenburg

Joe Rosenberg:For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in ornate motion picture palaces, but it was not until I moved to New York that I became interested in architectural preservation and theater. When it was announced that Radio City Music Hall was scheduled for demolition, I formed a “Showpeople’s Committee to Save Radio City.” After the Music Hall was saved, I was asked to help with the landmark designation of the threatened New Amsterdam Theatre (one of the most beautiful theaters in the world, now beautifully renovated by Disney and home to Mary Poppins). After the landmark designation of the New Amsterdam, I started—in conjunction with Actor’s Equity—an organization called Save The Theatres, which tried unsuccessfully to save several other historic theaters from demolition. However, eventually we were able to get 35 remaining Broadway theaters designated as landmarks. As time went on, I was asked to consult with preservation organizations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the UK—mostly to save old theaters, but occasionally for designating historic districts.

CL: What do you consider your greatest success story in your long career of saving historic theaters?

JR: Because I pass them every day of my life, I am most proud of being a part of saving Radio City Music Hall, the New Amsterdam, and 35 of the 40 operating Broadway Theaters. (more…)