This past month, The National Trust for Historic Preservation has celebrated Preservation Month with This Place Matters - a national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities. The organization is a privately funded nonprofit that works to save America’s historic places and promote the importance of adaptive reuse of our nation's older buildings. In fact, their commitment to the reuse, reinvestment, and revitalization of cities—which they describe as ReUrbanism—seeks nothing less than to transform both the perception and practice of preservation, responding to the issues cities face today.
To mark Preservation Month, and participate in #ThisPlaceMatters, I posted images on Twitter from my portfolio of a few of the buildings we've helped bring back to life:
Pictured from left to right: The Library Lofts* at 619 S. LaSalle, The Powhatan*, The Old Colony Building* and The Farnsworth House (photos marked with an asterisk (*) taken by Lee Bey).
Earlier this month, AJ Latrace wrote an article for Chicago Magazine asking the question: "Is Chicago Experiencing a Historic Preservation Crisis?" He noted that lots of buildings flagged by preservationists for their importance have come down in recent years...and 2018 could be just as bad. Let's hope that efforts like #ThisPlaceMatters continues to encourage and inspire an ongoing dialogue about the importance of place and preservation in all of our lives that lasts far beyond the month of May.