Letters

Tulsa's Deco Gems

What a wonderful surprise to get the new issue of Preservation (July/August). It is filled with interesting material. In addition to the usual National Trust items, which have been spiced up, the features on Tulsa, the Frank Lloyd Wright house, and Logan Square were great. Keep it up!
John W. Plattner
Cincinnati

The Art Deco buildings featured in your last issue delighted me! I always thought that Art Deco was saved for fashion design, but I see it is great for interior detailing. The decor on exteriors, reaching to grand heights, was truly inspiring. Art Deco stands the test of time and is beautifully expressed in architecture.
Linda D. Spalding
Walnut Creek, Calif.

I grew up in Tulsa and attended the Art Deco Boston Avenue Methodist Church, and I am now a long-time National Trust fan, so it is passing fine to note that the two are getting together for this October's conference. I recommend that your national conferees visit Oral Roberts University to view its campus of eccentric modern structures. You may be called to help preserve them some day.
Bruce G. Johnson
Port Orange, Fla.

Wright Where You'd Least Expect It

The Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house in Florence (July/August) is a gem I discovered on a recent trip through Alabama. My docent shared fascinating details about every inch of the house and the process of restoration. Bravo to the city of Florence and bravo to Preservation for spotlighting this treasure.
Paula Demarest Egan
Jacksonville, Fla.

The Florence, Ala., officials quoted in your story about the Rosenbaum House failed to acknowledge the key roles my mother and I played in preparing for the restoration of the house and arranging its donation to the city. My mother was a faithful steward of the house and lived in her Frank Lloyd Wright residence longer than any other Wright client. I regret that her unique contributions are overlooked by city employees who claim all the credit for preserving the house.
Alvin Rosenbaum
Washington, D.C.
The writer is the author of Usonia: Frank Lloyd Wright's Design for America.

America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Thank you to the National Trust from a former park ranger for boldly including California's state parks on your 2008 list of most-endangered historic places (July/August). You offer national acknowledgment that the government of California has woefully underfunded its parks budget for decades.
Bill Krumbein Santa Rosa, Calif.

Please forgive me for raining on your parade, but the Peace Bridge project will eliminate creeping decay in what was once a vibrant, family-friendly Buffalo neighborhood. I live in the area that would be affected, and my street has only two owner-occupied homes and two rented houses—but eight abandoned houses. The house across the street from us has been a site of drug trafficking and violence for many years. If the Peace Bridge project moves forward, it would replace the blighted part of this historic community and provide parkland to the remaining neighborhood. I wish the naysayers would accept the fact that this project will actually help this wonderful neighborhood thrive.
Martha Bliss Buffalo

Reporter

Three cheers to "The Diner Man" (July/August)! Michael Perlman has proven that you do not need a million-dollar budget to make a difference. His effort in finding a new home for the Cheyenne Diner in New York City is truly priceless. He is an inspiration to all of us preservationists.
Alan Woodruff
Bellerose village, N.Y.

Modernism

I found the Modernism issue (May/June) truly engaging and appreciate how the National Trust is staying ahead of the curve in preserving good modern design. However, it puzzled me that Preservation did not examine the inherent tensions that will inevitably appear as the preservation movement embraces Modernism, which was more than a design aesthetic for individual buildings. It was also an ideology that gave rise to urban renewal, the willy-nilly demolition of historic sites, and the near-destruction of traditional American cities. Separating good modern design from that which damaged our built environment will be a challenge as the National Trust proceeds in its Modernism initiatives.
David Price
Nashville

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