The Preservation Movement: A Wider View of the #ReynoldaPool Project

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The Preservation Movement: A Wider View of the #ReynoldaPool Project

By Rebecca G. Eddins, Director of Collections Management | Tweet your comments to @CurateReynolda #ReynoldaPool

Can you be an active part of the preservation movement that is growing across our country? If you have a passion for historic sites and landscapes you may want to participate in a variety of different ways that are easy and fun. Here at Reynolda House we are excited about our ongoing pool house restoration, and I am happy to say that our project is part of a national trend of individuals, communities, and museums playing a powerful role in helping to preserve our nation’s history.

Thanks in part to the sustainability movement, our collective definition of the word “progress” has changed. We no longer look at tearing down structures and using limited resources to create something new for the sake of being “new,” or for the sake of “progress.” That concept is falling under criticism from both older and younger generations of Americans. In a general sense, the ideas used in sustainability practices form a parallel purpose with the preservation of historic structures. Rehabilitating an older building -- rather than demolishing it -- is becoming the first choice of many developers in small and large cities. Today, preservation professionals routinely work on projects involving downtown revitalization and economic development, as well as sprawl and growth management.

People who advocate for preservation usually have had a positive and meaningful experience at a historic site or landscape that has resonated with them. In many cases, they have connected with the history of a place and applied something that they’ve learned, or felt, to their own lives. Museums play a powerful role in encouraging a love of history and appreciation for preservation. But, individuals can do so much at a grassroots level to promote local and regional preservation efforts.
Here are a few websites that can help you get involved in various projects or participate in other ways:
There is a wealth of information about all things preservation related on the National Park Service’s website.
The National Main Street Center is an organization dedicated to historic preservation-based community revitalization and offers membership, educational opportunities.
And last but not least here is a link to an excellent slideshow that explains in basic terms why saving older structures can be important to the community. 

Learn more! Read another blog by Rebecca Eddins, Ten Historic Preservation Terms Defined.  

Read all blogs in the #ReynoldaPool series.

This blog is part of a series that highlights the significance of Reynolda’s indoor pool and tracks the progress of the current Reynolda Pool Restoration Project. Follow #ReynoldaPool for updates.

#ReynoldaPool Project Update from Rebecca Eddins, Project Director: We are not yet midway through the project, but we've seen a great deal of progress over the last few months. Abatement has been completed along with glass removal and painting of the trusses and trim. Below the pool itself, work on the plumbing has been ongoing. The new glass has been delayed a few weeks coming from the manufacturer. We expect a crew from Ludy Greenhouse Company to arrive next week and begin installation of the glass. Glass installation is scheduled to take approximately four to five weeks. 

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