PRESERVATION ACTIVISM IN YOUR BUNGALOW NEIGHBORHOOD

PRESERVATION ACTIVISM IN YOUR BUNGALOW NEIGHBORHOOD

The 2 greatest gifts my mother gave me, a love of art & an huge affinity for things old, gave me my third gift, historic preservation activism in my bungalow neighborhood. This is an article I wrote for my neighborhood association newsletter many long years ago.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACTIVISM IN YOUR BUNGALOW NEIGHBORHOOD

My husband & I often walk in the evening, sometimes on our block, sometimes on other blocks of bungalows. We meet many of our neighbors, walking the dog, or imploring the pink-helmeted young one to get off her scooter & come in for her bath and bedtime tale.

Womens-sufferage-historpc-activismAs we stroll, we see blue flickering lights in the windows of too many houses. We speak of decades past when life was lived, & not merely observed. It seems that every grandmother participated in improving the world around her. Some had some exceptional talents, be it baking or knitting, or growing roses & these talents were freely offered in aiding the community- women’s clubs, bake sales, school plays, garden clubs. Some worked to change the community, advocating for children’s & women’s rights. We choose to live in old neighborhoods because we wish to recapture some of the warm community spirit of those past decades.

The best thing about neighborhood activism is that you meet wonderful & talented people like yourself & you have a great time. These people are well-known & broadly loved for their contributions. They decided to do something to improve our environment & then did it. An inclusive group, their doors & hearts are open to receive you, your talents & help-whatever they may be.

Another great thing is that it creates a small town environment for you. The world becomes a less anonymous place because you see people you know at the grocery store, the post office & just driving the street. You become part of a community.

HOW TO GET STARTED IN BUNGALOW NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Join your neighborhood organization. Their websites & Facebook pages should give you enough information to see what they have that could interest you. Send in your membership application & your check (Your money pays for the mailings that keep you informed of local activities & interests.) & count yourself amongst those who make a difference. Attend general meetings, & events.

Love old houses? Many bungalow neighborhood have historic preservation committees & help ensure the survival of our wonderful vintage buildings. Ours was very active & we produced many events with local & national guest speakers & even a historic documentary film about the neighborhood! Many old bungalow neighborhoods have been revitalized in the past couple of decades, turning from blighted, crime-ridden areas to beautiful streets of proud homeowners. In almost every one, this was accomplished through the intelligent & hard work of those in the association. A number of them worked with low-income families who were in danger of being uprooted, to take them out of often unsafe, derelict housing, & established improved housing for them.

Additionally, participation allows you to take ownership of a greater sphere. These grassroots activities can create effects at city, county & state levels & can actually even impact decisions made by the fed’s, such as highways built with federal funds.

OH, THE PRESERVATION POSSIBILITIES!

Historic-bungalow-on-neighborhood-preservationist--home-tourThese images are from our first Eclectic Eagle Rock Home Tour, one of the best days of my entire life! The first one is one of the homes on the tour, the Hanson Puthoff House, a meticulously restored bungalow build by one of the foremost painters of the Plein Air Movement.

This house is truly a time machine. The kitchen is an authentic as one would find in a house museum & beautifully designed because the owners of the house are artists themselves. I had invited (cajoled, begged, pleaded, harrassed the editor of American Bungalow Magazine to the tour & they chose this house to feature in Issue 28. The tour goers were fascinated to learn the history of the house, from the life of Puthuff, through the years that it housed a sweatshop, with the workers stashed at night in the crawspace’ through the beautiful work done by the current owners. The lovely stone column with the lamp atop looks like it has always been there, but in fact was newly crafted & is featured on the cover of Jane Powell’s BUNGALOW DETAILS: EXTERIOR.  

Elderly-man-talking-to-younger-woman-at-bungalow-neighborhood-historic-preservation-eventThis last image shows a pair in rapt conversation. He grew up in Eagle Rock in its early years & was telling her tales of his life there as a boy. We had invited several town elders to attend the tour & people stood in line to converse with them. I curse myself that in this neighborhood of film industry professionals, I did not have the foresight to produce a historic documentary film while we still had these folks around, or at least film the tour. So glad that I was smarter several years later, in my new, bungalow neighborhood.

For neighborhoods that do not have these activities & would like them, I am working on 2 manuals- one on how to create a successful home tour, & another on how to produce a workshop to teach people how to restore their historic homes. I have helped establish these activities in 2 areas & they are very popular, (easy to do when you know how- & believe me when we first began, we were clueless & it was HARD!) Both events are good fundraisers & great for activating & uniting a community. Please contact me if you are interested in more information on either of these activities for your neighborhood.

 

TIP: READ A GREAT STORY ABOUT ANOTHER NEIGHBORHOOD EVENT HERE.

 

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PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN ARIZONA

PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN ARIZONA

Arizona-historic-buildingArizona preservation advocacy groups are facing huge challenges as developers eye their historic neighborhoods. There is little protection from state or city statutes. They need your help. If you live in Arizona & curse the wrecking ball, as my old friend, Jane Powell said, “DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!”

You will learn a great deal about your area, meet some wonderful, committed people & have great adventures like I did!

STATEWIDE PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS

preservation-advocacy-groups-ArizonaArizona Preservation Foundation
Arizona Preservation Foundation is a preservation advocacy group that works with local, state, & national partners to promote & protect Arizona’s historic resources. They have partnered with the State Historic Preservation Office to present the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards & host the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference geared to professionals, in the fields of historic preservation, archaeology, cultural resources management, architecture, and planning. They offer speakers who will appear at your events or meetings. Their page is a terrific resource for preservation information.\n\n

MESA

preservation-advocacy-groups-Mesa-ArizonaMesa Preservation Foundation
The Mesa Preservation Foundation works to protect the irreplaceable public, private & commercial historic buildings & neighborhoods in Mesa. Their website includes a beautiful list of reasons as to why preservation matters, as well as a link to the City’s list of historic buildings- standing, demolished or endangered. They have some wonderful educational programs that cover various areas of the state that you can access through their Facebook page.

TUCSON

preservation-advocacy-groups-Tucson-ArizonaTucson Historic Preservation Foundation
“Saving Tucson’s Places”
The focus of this highly effective preservation advocacy group in Southern Arizona is on saving Tucson’s heritage & cultural resources, protecting the places that make Tucson unique, through lectures, tours & films.They depend on their membership to assist them with their various programs & activities.

VAIL

preservation-advocacy-groups-Vail-ArizonaVail Preservation Society
“Connecting community through local history.”
The Society works to preserve the heritage & historic resources the area, participating in the Arizona Main Street Program.

They are actively seeking people to assist them in their research, preservation & education efforts, gathering oral histories, saving historic structures & honoring the roots of the community. It sounds like a wonderful opportunity to meet great people & help your community.

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PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Preservation-advocacy-groups-in-Northern-CaliforniaThe preservation advocacy groups of Northern California protect some of the most iconic structures in America & face many of the same challenges as other areas of the country.

We are fortunate that they have several strong groups working to educate & legislate for their built environment.

They need your participation which will increase your knowledge of your state & enrich your life.

SAN FRANCISCO

Northern-California-preservation-advocacy-groups-San-FranciscoSan Francisco Heritage
https://www.sfheritage.org/

San Francisco is rich in the culture of many groups, each of whom has many valuable representations of their built heritage.

San Francisco Heritage is one of the most effective preservation advocacy groups in Northern California, dedicated to preserving the built tale of these intermingled cultures that contributed to the city it is today.

They accomplish this through advocacy, education & the ongoing care of two landmarked historic properties. Help them preserve the history of this vibrant city!

Preservation-advocacy-group-in-Northen-California-San-JoseSAN JOSE

Preservation Action Council of San Jose
https://www.preservation.org/

San Jose, founded way back in 1777 was California’s first civilian settlement. Today, its  historic buildings and neighborhoods are at risk from both neglect & demolition.

Preservation Action Council of San Jose is a preservation advocacy membership organization in Northern California, working to preserve the unique cultural heritage of San Jose through advocacy, education, and civic engagement. Give them a ring & find out how you can help.

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PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Historic-preservation-advocacy-groups-Southern-CaliforniaThough this image is of one we lost, he preservation advocacy groups in Southern California have been very effective in educating & influencing both the public & government bodies despite the financial & political challenges.

They still need your help!

 

LOS ANGELES

Preservation-advocacy-groups-Southern-California-Echo-ParkEcho Park Historical Society

Echo Park Lake was originally a reservoir for drinking water. The surrounding park was first landscaped in 1892, & by the 1920s the building boom had brought new homes & community centers to the area.

They offer restoration tips, hands-on workshops & advice on historic tax credits.

Preservation-advocacy-groups-Southern-California-Los-AngelesLos Angeles Conservancy
Unleash Your Inner Preservationist

The leading preservation advocacy group in Southern California, the Conservancy works throughout L.A. County- 88 cities plus the County’s unincorporated areas.

Their focus on raising awareness of historic places has resulted in great success in stopping their destruction through strong preservation laws & incentives.

MONROVIA

Preservation-advocacy-groups-Southern-California-MonroviaMonrovia Historic Preservation Group
Preserving Monrovia’s Architectural Heritage

Monrovia, incorporated In 1887 is one of the oldest towns in the San Gabriel Valley, in Los Angeles County.  With a charming old downtown Monrovia boast 2 historic districts which protect its stock of homes which are primarily bungalows.

The group’s activities include walking tours of downtown Monrovia & includes a history of the downtown area as well as the history of Monrovia itself.

PASADENA

Bungalow HeavenBungalow heaven Neighborhood Association

BHNA is a crackerjack, non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to the preservation of the homes in its district. Its signature hour tour, only one of the group’s many activities, is a finely-tuned & well-oiled machine, introducing hundreds of people to the charm of bungalows every year.

 

Preservation-advocacy-groups-Southern-California-PasadenaPasadena Heritage

The second largest preservation organization in the state, Pasadena Heritage has done an outstanding job of protecting this beautiful city’s cultural resources.

Their tours are enchanting & informative as are their educational events.

 

SAN DIEGO

Save Our Heritage Organization
SOHO, a highly effective, countywide historic preservation organization, was formed in 1969 to save a single home, the 1887 Sherman Gilbert House.

Working both proactively & in response to specific threats to historic cultural & architectural resources. SOHO promotes strong preservation laws & incentives, as well as education through tours & events & the supporting of museums.

 

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PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN FLORIDA

PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN FLORIDA

There are many historic preservation groups in Florida fighting to save their built cultural environment. For decades, the state has been famous for its shady land grabs. Now that there’s less land to grab, in their reckless enthusiasm, developers target old neighborhoods, bifurcating & polluting them with highways paid for by our tax dollars. They destroy their homes & vintage commercial buildings to erect chain stores & restaurants, or purchase them as rentals & allow them to rot.

Fortunately, the preservation advocacy groups in Florida provide the old buildings with a voice & some of their words are being heard. Add yours. Some of the most wonderful friendships I ever had were made participating in these groups. 

STATEWIDE

Florida-Trust-for Historic-PreservationFlorida Trust for Historic Preservation
As the leading preservation advocacy group in Florida, the Trust promotes the preservation of the architectural, historical & archaeological heritage of the state, focusing on four areas: Advocacy, Education and Stewardship.
As advocates, they collaborate with other non-profits & government agencies at all levels to influence policy decisions & encourage funding that protect Florida’s history & heritage.
As educators, they promote heritage tours, participate in Main Street events & host a variety of workshops to teach best preservation practices.

As stewards, they have restored the Hays-Hood House, a Queen Anne Victorian in the Magnolia Heights National Register District in Tallahassee for use as their headquarters.

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PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN ILLINOIS

PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN ILLINOIS

Illinois-historic-buildingHistoric preservation advocacy groups in Illinois are fighting the same destruction found in the rest of the U.S. as developers target old urban neighborhoods & generations old family farms.

Fortunately, the preservation advocacy groups in Illinois provide these old buildings with a voice & some of their words are being heard. Add yours. In these groups, you will find some of the finest people you could ever meet & have the opportunity experience some fabulous adventures!

Below are some of the the groups that could use your assistance & talents.

STATEWIDE

preservation advocacy groups illinoisLandmarks Illinois
People Saving Places for People.
The leading preservation advocacy group in Illinois, Landmarks Illinois promotes preservation, restoration & adaptive reuse of buildings & historic sites.

To help preserve or protect significant structures & sites in Illinois, they feature a monthly series of lectures on different topics as well as provide links to past topics on YouTube.

 

CHICAGO

historic preservation advocacy groups illinoisChicago Bungalow Association
The Chicago Bungalow Association is an extraordinarily friendly & helpful group of folks who produce numerous programs to help owners of vintage homes of all periods & styles. They host many programs, workshops & seminars. Their YouTube channel holds a wealth of information on old houses.

 

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