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Post image for A New Afterlife for Cemeteries: Training Future Preservationists

The sprawling 19th-century cemeteries whose monuments and mausoleums dot the United States are often short on hands to preserve their heritage.

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Post image for A Midcentury Manhattan Mosaic Returns to Public View

A midcentury mosaic forgotten for years beneath metal paneling on a Midtown Manhattan office building is now restored and on permanent public view.

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Post image for The History of NYC’s First Nine Landmark Parks

On a July morning, at the tender age of five, I watched the building next to my Bronx tenement capitulate to the blows of a wrecking ball.

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Post image for Obama Declares Tract of Nevada Desert, and Michael Heizer’s “City,” a National Monument

In March, the art world rallied to call for the protection of Nevada’s Basin and Range area, a landscape of rich archaeological resources and the site of Michael Heizer’s sprawling land art piece, “City” (1972–present).

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Post image for Preserving the Concrete Listening Ears of Early Surveillance

Prior to the invention of radar in the 1930s, a system of concrete acoustic mirrors was set up around the coast of the United Kingdom as an early form of surveillance.

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Post image for The Great Wall of China Is Falling Apart

The Great Wall was once China’s most fearsome defense.

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Post image for South Street Seaport Added to List of Most Endangered Sites in the US

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced its 11 Most Endangered Historic Places today, including sites across the United States threatened by development, demolition, or decay.

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Post image for Manhattan’s Last Natural Vista Will Be Protected

The unbroken vista of cliffs and trees on the New Jersey Palisades will be preserved after LG Electronics agreed to redesign their headquarters in a settlement with conservation groups.

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Post image for 50 Years of Fighting to Save New York City’s Historic Architecture

The obliteration of the McKim, Mead & White-designed Pennsylvania Station in 1963, just a half-century after its completion, helped galvanize grassroots preservation efforts that eventually led to New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner signing the Landmarks Law on April 19, 1965.

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Post image for The Vanishing of America’s Historic Mental Asylums

Between 1848 and 1890, dozens of grand mental asylums were built around the United States under the Kirkbride Plan, designed by Thomas Story Kirkbride.

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