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Georgia Historic Preservation Handbook

I was given the what-for a while ago for not telling my mother about it, I can’t believe I haven’t yet shared it here!

The handbook is part of the reason I was hired at the Georgia Trust, I did the design of course, and made some editorial contributions as well. The handbook is intended for Georgia citizens primarily, an educational tool for understanding what historic preservation is all about, what it means in your community, what it can do in your community, your property, and why history, and preservation of our built environment is important. It also includes plenty of good practical information on working with local historic districts (and what they are), easements, laws and tax incentives. Cause we all want to know how we personally will benefit financially.

It was released this past September, but in its online downloadable (or not) format, it is highly updatable and the plan is to update on a regular (bi-annual?) basis. The link should always be the same. If you’ve got any additions please let Carmie McD at the Fox Theatre Institute know, she’s in charge.


transit corridor

how do you define a transit corridor? Some folks are coming up with math problems, that looks like graphs, when you get this much of this, this many grocery stores, this many offices, this much accessibility, it is considered a corridor. what?? I think they are over-thinking it. I look at a map and say, there, there’s my corridor. to be more scientific I’ve actually looked up the census block maps and used census block groups as my established boundaries. For me, it’s the neighborhoods along a set line of transit. go figure.


Roswell, for a change.

Thursday through Sunday I lived in North Atlanta for a change, staying with Aunt D in Sandy Springs and commuting each day to Roswell for the Preservation Conference and the Georgia Trust’s Spring Ramble. It was a pretty good weekend, but I came home beat each night and struggled to get a little schoolwork done and then wake up and do a little more while i had a cup of coffee before heading 10 miles north on Roswell Rd. Not a bad commute at all.

But what did I learn?

“Reduce Reuse Recycle!”
the original green
“Reuse, Reinvest, Retrofit” (um…)
U = 1/R
old single-panes are about 1R, new windows might be 3R, but your walls are 13R, so… why bother.
from an environmental standpoint, foam insulation might not be so great cause it takes forever to break down (but wouldn’t that be ok if you intend to keep it in you walls forever?)
you don’t REALLY need insulation in your walls anyway, ceiling and floors, and keep DRAFTS out around windows.
what about a thermostat that modulates interior temp with outdoor temp? yes!
smart thermostats.

most exciting thing I walked away with was a talk by this woman with Partners for Sacred Places, perhaps it’s time I start going to church again, but churches have been coming up a lot lately, and I am interested in them. I’m interested in their role in the community, the preservation of their historic structures, their sanctuaries, and the evolving needs of a modern church and whether they want pews or chairs (like St. Bart’s did, that’s on my list to inspect on my next trip to nyc). Figuring out personal faith is not something I’ll explore here, this is a very secular take on church.

That said, Ms. Elizabeth T was a cheerleader for church community. How inspiring it was to hear of the ways this organization works with church communities to revitalize their mission, their spirit and, maybe in all that, their buildings. Sacred spaces serve so many more people than their congregations and Partners for Sacred Places brings the church and the community together, to revitalize the church with their community’s needs in mind. On a more practical note, if an organization can claim that it serves X% of non-members it is considered a community organization/building and can claim more governmental aid and grants. My notes are sporadic and with no particular project in my reach, I was just generally inspired, floating high on her Ms. T’s enthusiasm.

The warm oatmeal cookies on Friday morning were my favorite.
also, working at the bar. the Trust gets assigned the best tasks.

too many counties

I just discovered part of the reason why Georgia has so many counties, we’ve just had too many governors that needed something named after them!

this is the Table of Contents page taken from the “Georgia Governors’ Gravesites Field Guide”


(written Dec 6, 2011, as i studied for an exam)

I just learned something else. (Thanks to Ching’s A Visual Dictionary of Architecture and not to paying attention in class or doing the study guide or anything)
Did you know that FUSES are “a device containing a strip of fusible metal that melts under the heat produced by excess current, thereby interrupting the circuit”? So basically, a fuse is a safety switch. These days we have breakers which do the same thing—act as a safety switch, flipping off when too much voltage runs through—they just are reusable unlike the fuses that had to be replaced.

Now, that grounded wire. I get what it DOES and why, I just don’t get HOW it does it.

fun at the Library

well, GSU Library is closed today but GSU students can get into Emory’s library so here i am. It is a LOVELY place! so many big tables to spread out on and so empty on the Saturday before thanksgiving. It took me a while to find the one working computer to use the library catalog but now i am on a roll, moving down the tower from the 7th floor to the 6th to the 4th to find the books i need and this is how it’s done:

valley view

You would think i’d’ve had a chance to write about Valley View by now but no such space of time has presented itself, so for now i will just post this, cause i know you want to know what they hell i am doing in school, and especially on those saturdays i’ve spent up in Cartersville and come back glowing with excitement from. It’s partly the crisp cool autumn air of north Georgia, but also the discovery of this house inspection, in this case, going around the exterior with H, peering in cracks while taking [very important] measurements of exterior elements. You can tell it makes me happy right?

inspecting valley view, by Ed