A statistic that may only be interesting to me, I just reviewed survey results from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards that lists the number of registered architects by state. For resident architects, meaning those who are registered in and reside in state, as opposed to those who are registered in state but live elsewhere, Texas came in third by a pretty wide margin with 8,494. New York was second with 9,872, frankly closer than I would have guessed.
But the surprise, the stat that motivated me to compose this post, was that #1 California has a whopping 16,618 registered architects. Not far from Texas and New York combined.
Man, it takes alot of architecture to keep that many architects busy.
Historic preservation has made great progress over the past decade or so and seems to me to be much more of a mainstream pursuit, at least here in Texas. But with the threshold of time constantly moving, new building come of age to be considered historic every year. A problem this has created is that of post World War II buildings, or the Mid-Century Modern era. So as folks have just come to start to recognize conventional, pre-war buildings as legitimately historic, now we have the massive shift in architectural styles to the Mid Mod. A lot of people who look at a 1920's commercial building as historic, don't get that a 1958 modern building is equally so. Yet, the issues are the same. Here is an article about Sarasota Florida, a city with an amazing portfolio of Mid-Mod buildings, and their struggles to get others to see them as historic and worthy of saving.
The Board of Directors of Preservation Texas and Honor Awards Reception and Ceremony Co-Chairs Minnette Boesel and Margaret Wallace Brown invite you to attend a celebration of outstanding preservation achievements on Saturday, November 22, 2014.
The event will take place at the award-winning, recently restored and rededicated 1910 Harris County Courthouse, located at 301 Fannin Street in central Houston. A Reception with beer, wine and light hors d’oeuvres will begin in the Rotunda at 5:00 pm with the Ceremony to begin at 6:00 pm in the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals Courtroom.
Piano music interacts with architecture like that of no other instrument. The sound seems to resonate from the very structure.
Today I was examining a chapel building. While I was in the loft at the back, I saw a young lady walking down the aisle. She glanced up and we shared a "good morning". She continued uninterrupted, purposefully to the baby grand at the other end. She sat down and instantly, without preparation, filled the entire space with sound. I'm sure it was only a warmup exercise of some kind, but my day was changed from that time on.
A group of historic preservation advocates huddled in the former North Branch Library, a bare, unheated old red brick castle on Emerson Avenue in North Minneapolis earlier this week, as the first real taste of winter came to the Twin Cities.
Closed for more than 30 years, the Settles Hotel in Big Spring has emerged from a 5 year restoration effort. Last weekend saw the re-illumination of the iconic rooftop sign and provided an opportunity for past and current Big Spring residents to get a glimpse of the hotel, including carefully restored public areas and the Lobby.
Before and after photos can be viewed at the Hotel Settles Opening Weekend photo album, shown at the left.