Friday, February 21, 2014

Creative "Heart Bomb" Campain Brings Awarness To Historic Buildings On The Brink, 2014

Blogger's Note: Albany Woodworks provides resources for many historic renovations in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast.  We recently participated in a event hosted by the Preservation Resource Center (PRC), offering information to home buyers looking to purchase a historic building; and for current owners of historic properties looking to renovate.  We appreciate the efforts of the PRC to retain the legacy of our architecture and natural resources.  Here is a story featuring the PRC and their fresh look on a long-standing issue.  A"Heart Bomb" campaign targeting blighted or neglected historic buildings, where local volunteers participated in a loving "heart-filled" tribute to the buildings and history of New Orleans.

From the National Trust For Historic Preservation website article Heart Bombs 2014: Five Events that Showed Historic Places the Love:

"This February, heart bombs happened in four different cities (plus a virtual one in Vermont).  For their first year of heart bombing, the Preservation Resource Center, chose vacant buildings in New Orleans that are in various stages of the blight mitigation process.

(Above) Photo: Simultaneous events were held in cities across the country, including Buffalo, NY and Cleveland, OH.  Photos courtesy of Buffalo's Young Preservationists.

There are properties in bad shape in just about every New Orleans neighborhood that still have great architectural detail and potential.  Heart bombing is a way to remind the community that these buildings deserve a second chance and can not only catalyze aesthetic improvement in their neighborhoods, but also bring jobs to the community."

(Above) Photo: The Preservation Resource Center partnered with local volunteers to spotlight historic buildings in need of repair.  Photo courtesy of the Preservation Resource Center New Orleans.
The Crush: The group’s favorite on its list this year was the Dixie Brewery building. Dixie has been a beloved fixture on Tulane Avenue since it was built in 1907, and was the only major brewery still operating in New Orleans when it was severely damaged following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and forced to close.

(Above) Photo: The historic Dixie Brewery Building, on the footprint of the new VA Hospital, currently under construction.  Photo courtesy of The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

The red-brick German Romanesque building is located in the footprint of the new VA Hospital. Plans call for incorporating only the facade and the iconic Dixie tower into a new bio-research facility, while the rest of the building will be demolished. Selective demolition to a later addition to the complex is currently underway."