Springing the Past into the Future
As my fourth week at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training wraps up, I am continuing to compile historic preservation projects which incorporate sustainability or resilience goals and contacting the people who designed or rehabilitated the edifices. We—the Chief of Architecture and Engineering, the head of IT, and I—have also had several meetings around the whiteboard to determine the most visually appealing and functional format for the website which will host these cases; a little Silicon Valley creeping into the Cane River Valley.
One of the projects which will be featured is the floodproofing of downtown Darlington, Wisconsin during the early nineties. The area had suffered great loss due to recurring flood and eventually pulled together local, state, and federal resources to fund a plan which removed buildings from the areas of greatest hazard and floodproofed many of the buildings on Main Street (see image above).
This handsome Victorian home in Michigan will also appear among the case studies. Originally built in 1910, it was remodeled in 2012 and received LEED-Platinum certification due in part to the addition of insulation, efficient water fixtures, and even geothermal heating.
I have also looked at programs which engage communities in planning and executing historic preservation projects and— after collecting further information—will share some of those cases in future blogs. Stay tuned also for the upcoming launch of the innovative preservation case studies website (catchier name in the works)!
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