Author: CHB

Historic Michigan State bandshell saved from demolition

Once at risk of demolition, the historic bandshell at the former site of the Michigan State Fair in Detroit, USA will be moved to another location in the city. The building’s preservation was announced at Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s State of the City address. Before that, the building was set to be demolished to make way for a $400-million, 3.8 million-square-foot Amazon distribution centre. The proposed new site for the bandshell is Palmer Park, about  2 miles south of the fairgrounds on Woodward Avenue. Artists ranging from Alice Cooper, The Temptations and Bob Dylan have performed at the bandshell, according to TheConcertDatabase.com, and the destruction...

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Historic Manx buildings saved from demolition

Three buildings of “historical significance” on the Isle of Man have been legally protected from demolition, the environment minister has said. The Cosy Nook Cafe in Port Erin, Trafalgar House in Douglas and the Mitre in Kirk Michael have been added to the protected buildings register following investigations. Geoffrey Boot said the move would “preserve them for future generations”. The sites had been at risk of being knocked down or significantly altered. Plans to replace the stone-built cafe on the seafront in Port Erin sparked outcry last year, while concerns were also raised over any potential changes to a...

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Historic Nottinghamshire library saved

Nottingham’s oldest subscription library has officially been “saved” from falling into a state of irreversible disrepair, according to Historic England. The organisation has published its latest Heritage at Risk Register 2020 and says Bromley House Library in Angel Row has undergone extensive work which has saved it. Further good news is the Church of St Helena in Thoroton has now been removed from the register. But two Nottinghamshire churches have been added after the theft of lead from their roofs in 2019 left them damaged from water ingress. A third church – St Mary’s in Orston – has also...

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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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