Author: CHB

Donations sought to save historic Shiloh Baptist Church

Now in a dilapidated state, the historic Shiloh Baptist Church building on the corner of Washington and Martin Luther King Drive is a tangible remnant of Alexandria’s heyday. “It’s a wonderful brick and mortar survivor from our past,” said Father Chad Partain. “It’s a monument to the faith of our African-American community.” Partain, a board member for the Louisiana History Museum and Pat Boone, board secretary, treasurer and volunteer, said the museum is interested in purchasing the property because it’s a major historic building in the downtown area. The museum started a campaign to raise $125,000 to purchase and secure the property. Boone created a GoFundMe...

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Church beloved by L.S. Lowry is saved

The Cumbrian property that was the backdrop to a companionship between the artist and a young female painter has been granted listed status  For years it has lain empty, at the mercy of sea winds, vandals and thieves. Few who pass the sombre, red sandstone church nestling on the harbourside of the small Cumbrian coastal town of Maryport may give it much thought. Fewer still may appreciate that it provided the backdrop to a blossoming friendship between one of Britain’s best-loved artists, LS Lowry, and a young, female painter he championed. But perhaps now this may all change as...

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Marmet landmark church receives restoration grant

Ebenezer Chapel, a longtime, historic landmark in Marmet, West Virginia, will be getting repairs and restorations soon through a concerted community effort. Marmet Town Council member Teresa Long and other citizens have obtained an upcoming matching grant from the West Virginia Culture Center to keep the chapel’s historical presence continuing for years to come. Long said the grant will be for approximately $16,000, pending approval. Long said the chapel was damaged by vandals, as well as needing structural restoration. The grant funds will be applied to making the needed repairs. Ebenezer Chapel was constructed by slaves owned by Marmet’s...

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Construction of the Vindrac-Alayrac Culture Center

With a 15th century church, listed as a historic monument in 1927, the Letellier Architects agency seized this heritage opportunity to design the Vindrac-Alayrac House of Culture to enhance the very nature of the place: to reflect its particular idiosyncrasies. To do this, preserving the precious remains (tombs found in the Merovingian cemetery) and beyond, making them the main actors in the scenography of the place was the essence of the project. The treatment of the west facade focused on the integration of these gabled sarcophagi through the reinterpretation of the crude steel funeral niches: the end result is...

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Barozzi Veiga to Design and Renovate Jewish Museum of Belgium

Barozzi Veiga, in collaboration with Tab Architects and Barbara Van Der Wee Architects, has just won the competition for the renovation of the Jewish Museum of Belgium. Discrete yet present and integrated into the urban fabric, as the jury stated, the proposal was selected from five shortlisted established and young architectural practices. The winning transformation scheme for the Jewish Museum of Belgium designed by Estudio Barozzi Veiga focuses mainly “on reinforcing the relationship between the cultural institution of the museum and the city of Brussels”. Aiming to generate a clear composition to organize the different functions, the team imagined...

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