Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Member Spotlight

Georgia Trust Member and archaeologist James D’Angelo has been instrumental in the understanding and saving of the 18th century site, Fort Daniel in Metro Atlanta. James D’Angelo, PhD is actively working with archaeological investigations at Fort Daniel, a 2009 Place in Peril. D’Angelo has been an active contract archaeologist and independent researcher since 1973. He retired in 2000 from teaching Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Archaeology. He is the founder and site advisor to The Society for Georgia Archaeology, The Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society. He has also led expeditions to Khirbet Iskander since 1981. He is currently directing excavations of the 2009 Place in Peril, Fort Daniel on Hog Mountain. Since the summer of 2007, hundreds of iron, lead, glass, and ceramic artifacts have been recovered at this site located in Metro Atlanta.

When Major General Allen Daniel wrote orders to the Commander at the Hog Mountain fort, he may never have known that the fort to be named Fort Daniel would be uncovered by Archeologists like Dr. D'Angelo who are now working to learn more about frontier Georgia.
Fort Daniel is nevertheless threatened by future development. The Friends of Fort Daniel has been organized to promote preservation of the site. D’Angelo hopes to create a special use (archaeological) park on approximately 13 acres that will preserve Fort Daniel's archaeology as well as its present wooded setting. Along with representatives of GARS, the Gwinnett Historical Society, The Daughters of 1812, and the Georgia Council for Professional Archaeology, Friends of Fort Daniel includes descendents of men stationed at the fort and a descent of Allen Daniel.

There will be an interpretive event held on the site at 2505 Braselton Highway, Hog Mountain, Georgia. The event to be held on Saturday the second of May will showcase the excavations as well as host costumed first person interpreters from the time period of 1812. For more information, email Jordan Poole, the Trust's Field Services Manager. To listen to a podcast about Fort Daniel, click here.

Preservation Perspectives : Donovan Rypkema

Donovan Rypkema is a recognized expert in the economics of preservation. Currently principal at PlaceEconomics, a real estate and economic development consulting firm, Rypkema has extensive experience in historic preservation. Far from seeing historic preservation through the lens of luxury as so many critics do, Rypkema tells it like it is. His research and experience both show that historic preservation is key to sustainable development.
"I'll put it in context for you. We all diligently recycle our Coke cans. It's a pain in the neck, but we do it because it's good for the environment.Here is a typical building in your downtown- 25 feet wide, 120 feet deep. Today we tear down one small building like this in a New Brunswick neighborhood. We have now wiped out the entire environmental benefit from the last 1,344,000 aluminum cans that were recycled. We've not only wasted an historic building, we've wasted weeks of diligent recycling by the people of this community. And that calculation only considers the impact on the landfill, not any of the other sustainable development calculations..."
- From Donovan Rypkema's lecture given in New Brunswick, June 6, 2008
The waste associated with the destruction of buildings for the sake of putting up new construction is simply enormous- as many of us in the field are already aware. However, it is Rypkema's method that sets him apart. An expert who is through being "polite," Rypkema's methodical, aggressive, activist approach should inspire many to stop making apologies for supporting preservation initiatives. It is time to take a different tack, and defend the logic of preservation for what it is- the most effective means of revitalizing neighborhoods and cities, using the materials that are already on hand. Creative reuse of buildings is the ultimate recycling, it is the heart of preservation, and it is a testament to the sustainable development that preservation exemplifies.

You can read Donovan Rypkema's blog here. Please join us at Rhodes Hall for more perspectives on historic preservation this May as we host free lectures each Wednesday for Preservation Month. Watch this blog for more upcoming Preservation Perspectives.

Monday, April 27, 2009

2009 Preservation Bash: The Art of Preservation

Thank you to all who joined us for The 2009 PRESERVATION BASH

at Mason Murer Fine Art

A Great Party for a Great Cause raised significant funds

for The Georgia Trust and historic preservation in the state of Georgia!

Click HERE to view pictures from the 2009 Preservation Bash!

Special thanks to our generous sponsors -

Please check them out below!

On April 17th, The Georgia Trust hosted over 250 members at Mason Murer Fine Art for the 25th Annual Preservation Bash. The theme for the evening was The Art of Preservation and Tony Brewer and Associates helped stage a memorable event that was awash in vibrant color including a lighted dance floor surrounded by clusters of colorful tables. Guests enjoyed nibbling on passed hors d'oeuvre and sipping cocktails provided by Presenting Caterer Jerry Dilts & Associates and feasted on the culinary delights of seven of Atlanta's premiere caterers who served signature dishes from food stations located throughout the space. Kingsized's eight-piece band set the pace for the evening, beginning with jazz and swing, continuing with a memorable Elvis tribute set, and ending the evening with a lively selection of dance music.

The silent auction was a huge success thanks to Starr Moore and Gail Shattah. Lucky winners took home paintings and art pieces, travel packages, jewelry and other temptations.

A very special thank you to all that attended and helped!!!

Preservation Bash Chairs

Howell and May B Hollis

Honorary Chairs

The Spalding Family



Presenting Caterer

Atlanta Cupcake Factory Murphy's Sublime Doughnuts

Mr. and Mrs. Bertis Downs
Mr. and Mrs. Sheffield Hale
Mr. and Mrs. Howell Hollis

Mr. and Mrs. W. Moses Bond
Mrs. Frances W. DuBose
Mr. and Mrs. Bronson Smith

Mrs. Laleah Furniss
Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Hansford
Dr. Elizabeth Lyons
Mrs. Margie Spalding
Mr. and Mrs. James Vaseff

Click HERE for the Bash Website.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Member Spotlight

Preservation Month is approaching! A special member and supporter who has recently made the floors at Rhodes Hall glow with a much needed treatment, Michael Purser will deliver a special lecture on restoring historic floors on May 13 at 6PM as part of the Georgia Trust's May lecture series. Join us every Wednesday in May at 6 for presentations on diverse topics in preservation. Admission is free and open to the public.

Originally from Charlotte, Michael grew up around the wood flooring trade and started his own company in Inman Park, one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods. These 100+ year old homes had been neglected and abused for decades and became the focal point of the rebirth of Atlanta's old and original tree lined suburbs. His interest in older homes prompted him to research and write about traditional methods and products used in refinishing wood floors over the ages.

He has spent over thirty five years working on nothing but old floors with his Rosebud Company and has developed considerable expertise at dealing with what he calls “high risk” floors. He restored the floors at our own Rhodes Hall almost eighteen years ago and recently refurbished them. He was also involved with The Wren’s Nest and this summer took part in the most talked about restoration in recent memory; James and Dolley Madison’s Montpelier.

Michael's work and generosity have greatly benefited all of us here at the Trust. We salute his efforts, and we look forward to hearing his presentation, “The Case of the Vanishing Floors,” Wednesday, May 13 at 6PM in Rhodes Hall.

If you have questions about upcoming Preservation Month lectures, check our calendar of events or email kryan@georgiatrust.org.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Member Spotlight

Another example of the diversity of talent that highlights the Trust membership is board advisor Margie Spalding. An artist of considerable skill, Mrs. Spalding has been featured on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Art Snapshots series. All of us at the Trust are grateful that she has generously offered one of her pieces for auction at the Trust’s Preservation Bash.

Margie spent years working in historic preservation in her beloved Athens before turning to art later in life. She is a prolific painter working primarily “en plein air” in oils with landscapes and in still life subject matter.

Margie and the Spalding family will be honored at the upcoming Preservation Bash for their collective work on behalf of historic places in Georgia. Tickets are still available, and it will be a unique opportunity to take home a piece of art by a true Georgia original, Margie Spalding.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Member Spotlight

With more than a decade of membership and service to commend her, May B. Hollis, a graduate of Wellesley College and a Westminster alum, has earned our first member spotlight by virtue of her ongoing efforts on behalf of the Trust. She is a singularly dedicated volunteer, and this year has honored and aided the Trust by chairing our Preservation Bash.

The event has been transformed under May B. and Howell Hollis’s leadership, taking on an untraditional venue, Mason Murer, and embracing a modern Mondrian theme. Tickets are still available, and this Bash promises to be a memorable event, as the Trust celebrates its twenty-fifth annual gala fundraising party.

When this busy mother of four is not volunteering at Rhodes Hall, she can often be found advocating on behalf of Historic Oakland Cemetery, where she is Chairperson of the Board. All of us at the Trust thank May B.- her dedication is an example and an inspiration.

If you are interested in volunteering at historic Rhodes Hall or have any ideas or suggestions for upcoming member spotlights, please email membership@georgiatrust.org.