Preservation

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Should Portland Save a Building It Really, Really Hates?

Almost no one likes the Michael Graves office building. But it's one of America's most important pieces of postmodern architecture.

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Important Buildings We Lost in 2013

Say goodbye to these fallen icons.

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Saving Neighborhoods From the 'Vacancy Vortex'

In cities like Buffalo, empty homes make neighborhood restoration a serious challenge. But one group has a clever fix.

10 Gorgeous, Nostalgic Photos of New York's Old Penn Station

Fifty years after its destruction, the iconic building is gone but not forgotten.

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Athens, Georgia, Tries To Save Some of Its R.E.M. History

The church where the band played their first show is hardly standing, but renovation costs are steep.

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Alexanderplatz Is Difficult to Love, But Berlin Wants to Save It Anyway

Newfound affection for the drab, East Berlin square.

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A Quest to Save New York City's Disappearing Diners

Preservationist Michael Perlman, who calls diners "cornerstones of Americana," has a unique niche.

JFK's Once Futuristic Pan Am Terminal Is In Danger of Getting Torn Down

Can an online campaign save this iconic piece of aviation architecture from demolition?

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The Surprising Role Jackie Kennedy Onassis Played in Saving Grand Central

A reminder of how celebrities can do good for cities.

Buy Some of Buffalo's Most Important Historic Buildings for $1

A small group of activists are using the internet to get residents to buy and restore homes from the city's golden age.

2012's Most Important Preservation Battles

The gas stations, theaters and monuments saved this year.

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How a School Project Saved Muncie's Historic Neighborhoods

Students and professors at Ball State University fought to preserve the city's many historically significant buildings.

How Bruges Transformed a Vacant Soda Factory Into Town Hall

A spiffy refurbishment from Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos.

Preparing for the Inevitable: Digitally Preserving San Francisco's Oldest Building

Mission Dolores may not survive the next Big One, but a laser-assisted rendering project could help rebuild it.

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A Day in the Life of a Paint Detective

Meet the man who can figure out the birthplace of 200-year-old doors, just by looking at them.

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Unravel Your Home's History

10 tricks for figuring out your home's back story.

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A Brief History of NYU Land Battles

With a City Council vote on NYU 2031 imminent, a look back at four classic town-gown confrontations.

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The Case for Saving Ugly Buildings

Unattractive, Brutalist architecture should be preserved because it's unique, not because it's pretty

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The Psychology of Ruin Porn

Why we can't take our eyes off images of old buildings and decrepit interiors