Author Archives: Adventures in Preservation

About Adventures in Preservation

Huge fans of the world's architectural heritage, making it a point to seek out historic buildings wherever we travel. Bloggers include co-founder of Adventures in Preservation, a non-profit organizing historic preservation-based volunteer vacations, and AiP interns.

Mar Elian In Memory, and In Memorium

“Oh! So you don’t understand. I thought you were deaf”. These words  used to be the opening of an anecdote every time I recall my experience, in a peaceful place, once upon a time, in the middle of the Syrian … Continue reading

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Swan Song to Summer: A Visit to Swannanoa in the Blue Ridge Mountains

A Gilded Age mansion built of gleaming white marble and decorated with sumptuous materials—including a 4,000 piece Tiffany stained glass window—sits at the juncture between Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Overlooking Charlottesville, this surprising 52-room country estate … Continue reading

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The Historic and the Plastic

Guest blogger Laura Macaluso muses on plastic and the role it may play in preserving and interpreting cultural heritage. In the past few weeks, I’ve watched the slow dismantling of a 19th century church built mostly of wood and, at the … Continue reading

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Come, Tell Me How You Live: Agatha Christie’s Archaeological Memoir of the Middle East

A guest post by Laura A. Macaluso Agatha Christie is the Western world’s most beloved, prolific and best-selling mystery writer. Iconic titles such as Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile evoke distant lands and ancient cities—a … Continue reading

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Post-Disaster Action: Crowdmapping Nepal

A guest post by Divya Jayaram It is indeed ironic how the fury of nature, in a matter of seconds, can wipe out buildings that have stood for centuries. The recent earthquake in Nepal proved that nature just debunks the … Continue reading

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A Letter from Gjirokastra

This is an extended version of a piece that appeared in the June issue of Destination: Preservation, Adventures in Preservation’s newsletter. If people still wrote letters home from their travels, here’s what we would have written about our recent hands-on … Continue reading

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Out of Africa: Documenting Vernacular Architecture

A Guest Post by Laura A. Macaluso based on an interview with Jon Twingi Sojkowski of African Vernacular Architecture This month I had the chance to speak with Jon Twingi Sojkowski, a licensed architect living in the historic area of … Continue reading

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