Author: CHB

Vaulted memorial pavilion from poured concrete

Belgian studio Gijs Van Vaerenbergh has created a poured concrete reception pavilion for the German Military Cemetery in Hooglede featuring six vaults. Installed on a 20- by 60-metre plot of agricultural land next to the cemetery, Six Vaults Pavilion was installed to mark the centennial commemoration of the end of the first world war earlier this year. The German Military Cemetery dates from 1917, when the area was in still in German hands, and is the resting place of more than eight thousand German soldiers who were killed in the region during the war. Today, the cemetery is located in...

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Historic Indiana church has been saved

An historic church in Greenfield, Indiana, once at risk of being demolished will be preserved and renovated, and land on the same plot will be turned into senior housing. Work is expected to start by the end of the year on the century-old St. John United Church of Christ, 11000 E. Washington St., Cumberland, officials said. The announcement brings a years-long saga over the fate of the historic building to an end. Since the congregation moved out of the dilapidated structure in 2015, town officials and church leaders have debated whether the building could be saved or was better off being...

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A lost monastery, and stolen plane parts, by Joseph Kelly, Editor

It looks like a typical picture postcard scene from a British Winter. On a cold November day the River Dee rushes down from Snowdonia, heading busily seaward through the arches of the famous seventeenth century bridge at Bangor Is-y-coed. Built around 1660, almost certainly by Inigo Jones, the charming but extremely narrow structure boasts five arches, each with parapets allowing for triangular shelters for foot passengers. Whilst perfectly adequate for horse-drawn vehicles, farm carts and pedestrians, the coming of the motor car put phenomenal strains on this little bridge, which had been in need of constant repair for centuries....

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Concern over delays to Cadet Chapel, Colorado works

The landmark Cadet Chapel that towers over the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado is suffering from serious leaks and corrosion, so the school has drawn up the most ambitious restoration project in the building’s 55-year history. However, the project has stalled badly, as officials have been unable to settle on a contractor for the long and complicated project. Water has been seeping through seams in the chapel’s aluminum skin for years, said Duane Boyle, the academy’s campus architect. Repeated applications of caulk to seal the seams have contaminated and degraded the metal. “We had to make a serious...

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Newlyn tidal observatory amongst over 900 new listings in 2018

A prehistoric settlement, hangar buildings and a series of Robin Hood sculptures were among the more unusual heritage places gaining listed status during 2018. Government heritage agency Historic England said there were 924 new listed buildings and structures, including 638 war memorials to mark the centenary of the end of the first world war. Joining the list was the Tidal Observatory at Newlyn, Cornwall. The observatory was one of three constructed at the request of Ordnance Survey between 1915 ans 1921 to establish mean sea level, and was listed “for the contribution of more than 100 years of tidal data to...

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