Post image for A Single Woman Is a Witch: Battling to Save the Art Environment of Mary Nohl

Over a period of 50 years, the artist Mary Nohl transformed her yard as well as the interior and exterior of her cottage into an environment that stands in conversation with the surrounding land, lake, and her childhood memories. Almost immediately after the first cement sculptures materialized in the 1960s, however, she became known as “The Witch.”

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Post image for Estonian Saunas and Mongolian Knuckle-Bone Shooting Merit Preservation, UNESCO Says

The smoke sauna tradition of Võromaa, Estonia, the cultivation and culture of the argan tree in Morocco, and Askiya dueling debate of Uzbekistan are all now officially recognized as unique parts of the world’s heritage. The traditions are among those UNESCO added to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list at its session last month in Paris, which concluded on November 28.

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Post image for Landmarks Commission May Scrap Almost 100 NYC Sites from Consideration [UPDATED]

At its December 9 public meeting, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission plans to scrap 96 buildings and locations from its landmark status consideration.

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Post image for Will Landmark Modernist Fountain in Bmore Soon Be No More?

Baltimore’s McKeldin Fountain, a fixture of the city’s inner harbor since water started cascading down its tiered basins in 1982, may soon be demolished.

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Post image for Frank Lloyd Wright House Among America’s Most Endangered Places

Yesterday the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced its list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for the year, an annual call for awareness that it’s rallied for 27 years.

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Post image for The First Modernism in America Awards Announced for Mid-Century Architecture Preservation

All over the United States mid-century structures are in danger of disappearing. The new Modernism in America Awards from the nonprofit conservation organization Docomomo US are aiming to bring attention to some of these buildings, and show why saving them is important.

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MoMA to Preserve Folk Art Museum Façade

by Mostafa Heddaya on February 12, 2014

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Saving face is no longer limited to disgraced public figures — architects and their patrons can also get in on the action. The New York Times is reporting that the Museum of Modern Art intends to preserve the metal panels that make up the façade of the American Folk Art Museum building.

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Post image for Demise of Landmark Hospitals Bodes Ill in Chicago

Few cities can rival Chicago for architectural masterpieces, but the past year hasn’t been stellar for preservation. Destruction of the Brutalist Prentice Women’s Hospital started in October, and last week a demolition permit was granted for the mid-century modern Cuneo Memorial Hospital.

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Post image for 50 Years on, a World’s Fair Ruin Might Finally Find a Future

The 1964 New York World’s Fair was meant to be an idealistic vision of the future propelled by technology and design, but 50 years later the pavilion created to showcase the best of the state of New York is its most visible ruin.

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Post image for Palisades Preservation Becomes a National Issue

The preservation of a natural vista in New Jersey in the face of an intruding development is moving from a local to national concern. The Palisades, that stretch of cliffs and streets viewable from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters branch of medieval art, have been protected for decades from any construction over 35 feet in order to maintain the uninterrupted tree line.

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