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Commemorate the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Jeffrey Larry, Preservation Manager at President Lincoln’s Cottage will discuss Lincoln’s life while residing at the Cottage during the summer and fall of 1862-4. Larry will also discuss the rich architectural history of the Cottage, located on the grounds of the “Soldiers’ Home” (now known as the Armed Forces Retirement Home) …
The President Lincoln’s Cottage Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center sustainable renovation project has been published to www.BuildingGreen.com. View the project here: http://www.buildinggreen.com/hpb/overview.cfm?ProjectID=1020.The LEED rating will be added once certification is finalized. Anyone may access the overview page but apparently only Building Green members can access the in depth pages.
The President Lincoln’s Cottage Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center is still on track to earn LEED Gold certification and has been confirmed as the pilot project to test the USGBC Alternate Compliance Path. Those of you interested in sustainable design and historic preservation should read the recent cover article in the AIA newsletter: http://www.aia.org/hrc_a_200812_campagna, penned by Barbara A. Campagna, AIA, LEED AP, Graham Gund …
The restoration project at President Lincoln’s Cottage received recognition from the Mayor’s office last week. Barbara Campagna, National Trust for Historic Preservation Graham Gund Architect, attended on behalf of the site. Read about it here: http://blogs.nationaltrust.org/preservationnation/?p=1762
By Erin Carlson Mast This is the 6th installment of “100 Things to Know about President Lincoln’s Cottage.” Today’s list looks at 10 things that make the President Lincoln’s Cottage Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center (pictured above) “green.” The list is simplified and not all-inclusive. Some of these items translate to more than one point on the Leadership in …
By Erin Carlson Mast Last August, we published a post that discussed historical, passive methods of cooling the Cottage. The desire is to use these methods of cooling the Cottage, the methods the Lincolns themselves would have used, to enhance the visitor experience and appreciation for the authentic structure. While historical methods of cooling are preferred, during the design phase, …
By Erin Carlson Mast The National Trust for Historic Preservation issued their annual 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list Wednesday, May 20th. The list highlights “important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk for destruction or irreparable damage.”
By Erin Carlson Mast A member of the construction management company that oversaw preservation and restoration of the Cottage interior and rehabilitation of the Visitor Education Center recently forwarded us a photo he snapped in the Cottage in March 2007.
By Erin Carlson Mast The January/February 2008 issue of Preservation Magazine focuses on the growing effort to merge preservation with sustainable design and features an article on the efforts at President Lincoln’s Cottage to use “green” practices in the restoration effort on both buildings. The President Lincoln’s Cottage Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, housed in a renovated 1904-5 building, is expected to earn a LEED silver rating. Ms. Erin Mast …
By Donald W. Linebaugh, Ph.D. With Contributions by: Jonathon Pliska and Amy Bolasky In the late 1850s, the U.S. Government took the bold step of installing what was then the latest in lighting technology, a portable gas lighting system, on the campus of the Military Asylum (renamed the Soldiers’ Home in 1858, and now known as the Armed Forces Retirement …