Transitions

Lost, Threatened, Saved, Restored

Lost
1959 Lake Meadows Tennis Club, Chicago: prairie style structure designed by Gertrude Lempp Kerbis, first female architect in Chicago for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, demolished to make way for new apartment complex

1890 Livery stable, Richmond, Va.: stable formerly used as city auditorium in historic Oregon Hill neighborhood demolished by Virginia Common­wealth University to make way for new 100,000-square-foot recreation center

Roosevelt
About 10,000 people live on the Roosevelt Island,
located in the East River. With Renwick's smallpox
hospital as its centerpiece, the eight-acre park is
scheduled to open in 2009.

Credit: Judith Berdy, Roosevelt Island Historical Society

Threatened
1856 Smallpox Hospital, New York City: National Register-listed Gothic ruins on Roosevelt Island, designed by James Renwick Jr., architect of New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral, partially collapsed despite repeated calls for repairs; local officials say more than $7 million needed for thorough stabilization

1989 Buckhead Library, Atlanta: county may sell building to private developer, who plans to raze it to make room for mixed-use development and new library nearby; building's polarizing modernistic "battleship" design and relative newness may make it difficult to save, despite two awards from American Institute of Architects

Saved
c. 1850 Southport Railroad Station depot, Fairfield, Conn.: building devastated by fire early this year was thought to be fated for wrecking ball; after assessment, city officials decided to rehabilitate depot, located in historic district, rather than demolish it, and station is scheduled to reopen next spring

1925 Rath Packing Co. building, Sioux City, Iowa: red-brick and concrete building has sat vacant since 1985; demolition was imminent until city's historic preservation commission stepped in to find last-minute buyer; in January, city council members unanimously approved plan to sell building to private developer who will follow preservation protocols in renovations

Restored
1901 Memorial Park barn, Wilsonville, Ore.: hand-hewn cedar barn with boulder foundation, located on former walnut farm turned public park and listed on city's historic register, restored for $1 million; structure now used as event space

1913 Fire Station 28, Portland, Ore.: historic art deco fire station languished unused since 1984 but reopened late last year after $1.35 million restoration and "green" expansion, making it one of Portland's oldest active fire stations

1924 Balboa Theatre, San Diego: Spanish revival vaudeville-era city landmark in historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter, closed since 1980, reopened in January after $26.5 million restoration

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