Introduction to Historic Building Preservation

This Earth Day, the Bullitt Center in Seattle celebrated its fifth anniversary. That may not seem like a huge milestone for many iconic buildings, but at the time of its construction, five years of success was no guarantee.  

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The Grand Central Stones: Secret Monuments to Building Longevity

In a grand experiment, the architects of Grand Central Terminal built 13 monoliths in a park in the Bronx to test stones for the facade. These monuments still stand today.

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Grand Central Terminal: An Icon Restored

It's hard to imagine that as recently as the 1970's Grand Central Terminal was almost destroyed. Today, it's one of the biggest tourist destinations in the United States.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Watchtower Sales Revitalize Brooklyn Neighborhood

For decades, as New York commuters traveled southeast on the Brooklyn Bridge after work, a large red sign flickered to life as twilight neared. Together, the 15-foot-tall LED letters formed the word “WATCHTOWER,” a sign as synonymous with Brooklyn as the Hollywood sign is to its hometown. It was the most visible feature of the Jehovah's Witnesses headquarters, a sprawling complex that occupied nearly 40 buildings and properties in the Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhoods of New York City’s most populous borough.

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Incredible Makeovers For Decaying Buildings

Buildings never need to be torn down. These five old, ignored buildings that were given stunning second lives.

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