Monday, May 14, 2012

Preserving Paradise

The New York Times runs a story on recent effort to start preserving some historical architecture in Beverly Hills:

“Beverly Hills has been up until now somewhat of a joke in the historical preservation community,” John A. Mirisch, a city councilman, said in January at a public meeting. “The joke was that preservation, Beverly Hills-style, was to take a picture of a building before you tore it down.”

But even the most battered reputations can change in a Hollywood minute. Earlier this year, Beverly Hills enacted the first historical preservation ordinance in its 98-year history. Preservationists are hoping the move will inspire others to follow suit in Los Angeles, where the instinct to tear down and build anew has long stood in stark contrast to the obsessive (and sometimes onerous) efforts of New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to preserve the works of great architects.

Steve Clowney

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