Rust Belt Takeover – Cincinnati, OH

Hello everyone! My name is Pam (or Pamland) and I am the Social Media Maven for the Cincinnati Preservation Collective.

We are a group of designers, historians, property owners, community organizers, and preservationists that came together in the fall of 2013 with a mission to positively and proactively advocate for our historic infrastructure. Cincinnati has many historic districts and structures and nationally-renowned architecture and we feel it is so, so important to stand up for our history and preserve as much of it as we can.

We hold many monthly events including meetups, popups, and photowalks to engage with our communities and raise awareness of our mission and activities. We have also participated in our annual Bockfest Parade (Winning FIRST PLACE in 2014!), street festivals including Cincy Summer Streets, Build the Block, and Second Sunday on Main.

Along with the Cincinnati Preservation Association, we have been in a heavy battle this year to #SaveTheDennison Hotel which is in the Main Street Historic District in Downtown Cincinnati. It has been an exciting and daunting time where we have been learning a lot about the legal process of saving a building that others want to demolish. Some other successes of ours include the Davis Furniture Building in Over-the-Rhine and the Bavarian Brewery in Covington, KY.

We are so excited to announce the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists Takeover of our beloved and historic Cincinnati, OH!

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Roughly three days of meetups, exploration, activities, roundtable discussions, picnics, tours, hashtags, rides on our NEW streetcar the Cincinnati Bell Connector, and The Preservationist Pale Ale brewed locally by Taft’s Ale House!

There will be many more updates in the coming weeks regarding sleeping accommodations and how to sign up for specific tours but for now we have created an Eventbrite in order to get an idea of how many visitors to expect! So SIGN UP ASAP!

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We couldn’t be more excited to show you our Queen City of the West! So sign up now!

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RBC Buffalo Meetup: Recap!

RBC Buffalo Meetup: Recap!

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By Mike Panzitta – Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh

Hey everyone! Did you miss the RBCoYP meetup last month in Buffalo and want to know exactly how many tears you should cry in sorrow? Were you there and you really want to relive the memories? Are you some kind of deep-pocketed philanthropist who is looking for a group of really awesome, fun-having, excited preservationists with a regional organization to fund? Well, come join me and I’ll run down just what we did. July’s meetup brought preservationists from the Rust Belt to New England (and even some Canadians) to Buffalo to live some of the Queen City’s amazing history!

Friday

Friday was just great. As people trickled in, the RBC group started by exploring the Curtiss Malting Building, which is currently housing a fantastic art installation. We chatted about future uses of the building before snagging a great picture with Buffalo’s awesome flag!

BUFFALOVE! #rustbelttakeover #agway #vacantspaces

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And we were off! our next stop was at the Pop In, where we had our official kickoff party. Everyone was showing their Buffalove as we caught up with all our preservationist friends, drinking local beer and eating pizza and (of course) buffalo wings.

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Julia, Liz, and Andrea showing their Buffalove. (Photo credit Andrea Kern)

Saturday

Saturday started early at Silo City, which was in my opinion the best part of the weekend. Like, seriously, if you’re in Buffalo and have the opportunity, CHECK OUT SILO CITY!

 

Silo City is the largest collection of grain elevators on our fair planet of Earth, and it does not disappoint. From the art installations inside the elevators to their connection to the history of Buffalo, they really were amazing. I want to go back just to kayak the canal and see them from the water. Oh, we also (of course) busted out our This Place Matters flags and got a pic:

Saturday continued with some downtime in Larkinville, a really cool section of town with amazing restored and repurposed buildings, some old industrial facilities, and the smallest nano-putt-putt course in the Rust Belt. They have a Preservation- themed hole, so obviously we all played a round (in between beers and taco truck runs).

BYP designed this heart bomb putt putt stop inside Larkin Links! #rustbelttakeover #buffalo #buffalove

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We then headed downtown, to see some of Buffalo’s most famous buildings. From the Guaranty Building to City Hall, each place had a fantastic story, told to us by our impressively-knowledgeable guides.

 

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The ceiling inside the Guaranty Building. Almost as impressive as the building’s exterior. (Photo credit: Andrea Kern)

After a packed Saturday like this, you’d have thought we’d have just gone right to sleep, right? Wrong! We were too excited for that, so we headed to Resurgence Brewing to celebrate our very own Bernice Radle’s 30th birthday!

Sunday

Though all of us wept Sunday due to our imminent departures, we did find the time to tours the Richardson-Olmsted Complex, which was really something else.

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Caitlin, Brad, and Sarah about to enter the Richardson-Olmsted. There were, as you can see, many varying emotions that day. (Photo credit: Sarah Marsom)

The H.H. Richardson-designed buildings and Frederick Olmsted-designed grounds were a gigantic mental health facility built in the late 1800s and are now being restored to use as hotel and conference space. Going through the buildings in their various states of restoration, disrepair, and partial reconstruction really told the story of this fantastic place.

Richardson Complex Tour!!!! #rustbelttakeover #Buffalove #buffalo

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Some people did some stuff after that, but I don’t care about that, since I am a child and I had to head out after the Olmsted Tour.

So that was our Buffalo weekend! We’re really disappointed if you had to miss it, but don’t fret! There are plenty more opportunities to hang out with us! Our next meetup will be in another “Queen City,” Cincinnati, Ohio, in October. So save the date, set your watch, and retune your astrolabes to make sure you get to southwest Ohio for our next meetup. I don’t want to spoil too much, but some of the ingredients so far in our planning stew include preservation-themed beer, streetcar tours, hashtag contests, spaghetti with chili on it (god forbid), manholes, subterranean exploration, bicycles, a continuation of RBC’s love of urban staircases, and (of course) granola. See you there!

Be there or be 🔲 #rustbelttakeover #cincinnati #youngohiopreservationist

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Brews on Tues: A Pint-Sized Pub

Brews on Tues: A Pint-Sized Pub

By Caitlin Meives – Young Urban Preservationists (Rochester, NY)

The neighborhood bar. Is there any place more comforting, more welcoming, more a fixture of the urban lifestyle? It’s a place where you can go for a much-needed decompression drink after a long day at work, a place to lazily while away a hot Sunday afternoon, a place to spend quality time catching up with your best friends.

Rochester’s city neighborhoods have their fair share of neighborhood bars, some longtime, divey fixtures; some more polished and hipster-(or bro) serving. Though I tend to prefer those on the divier end of the spectrum, one of my favorite neighborhood watering holes is shiny and relatively new. And, while it could pass, I’ll confess that it’s not actually in a historic building. The oddball single story structure is actually a reconstruction, an exact replica of the historic building that stood there until a few years ago.

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It’s called, for obvious reasons, the Half Pint Pub. And it’s adorable.

In Rochester, we have to maximize summer outdoor fun times. So it’s important to do all your summer drinking and dining outdoors. Aside from its adorably small size, the Half Pint provides plenty of sidewalk seating for my dogs and me.

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It’s a perfect spot to sit for hours, observing the comings and goings of Park Ave. If you’ve been sucked into Pokemon Go, it also just so happens to be adjacent to a popular Pokestop, so you can sit, drink a beer, and collect a bunch of Pokemon without getting off your butt.

And one of my favorite–albeit gimicky–features of the place is that you can get two half-pints of beer instead of a traditional full pint. Ingenious! But seriously, there’s something appealing about drinking beer out of a half pint mug.

 

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DMS (Downtown Main Street) seeking TLC

Rochester has countless historical gems, from the tree-lined streets of the East Avenue Preservation District and its gracious Edwardian mansions to the hip High Falls Neighborhood that used to house the water-powered industry of Rochester’s Erie Canal trade.  Our downtown main street, though, could use some…a lot…of TLC.  Once home to offices, department stores, and the first urban indoor mall in the United States (how could that go wrong?), Main Street, and particularly East Main Street, is a series of a handful of successful businesses and hopefully successful revitalization projects, neighbored by vacant properties and discount stores.

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East Main Street today

In an effort to draw attention to the few remaining historical structures left untouched by revitalization along the downtown thoroughfare, the YUPs are planning an advocacy event for early August.  Our event will feature a DJ, local beer, a downtown coloring contest, and a slide show featuring historical photos of East Main Street juxtaposed against other successful main street revitalization projects that featured historic preservation (we’re looking at you, Lynchburg, Virginia and Ferndale, Michigan!)  The slideshow will be projected onto the side of the former Neisner Brothers Department Store, a location that was part of a failed demolition effort to build the new  $230 million “Renaissance Center” that was to contain a performing arts center, an urban campus for our local community college, and a central bus terminal.  This site and a few other buildings once marked for demolition are in the very preliminary stages of rehabilitation projects.

In tandem with the YUPs East Main Street event, the Landmark Society is also hard at work pulling together an application for listing this block and several other adjacent buildings on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Buffalove or bust, baby! Join us July 15 – 17th in Buffalo, NY!

Our second Rust Belt Takeover weekend is almost here! Buffalove or bust, baby!

LISTEN UP! These are the important things you will need to know!

Sleeping Arrangements: If you need a free place to sleep, contact Bernice directly at 716.237.0419 ASAP. The Buffalo’s Young Preservationists have kindly offered their city and their homes to us for the weekend.

Hashtags: #rustbelttakeover #buffalove #travelBUF #riseBFLO

Buffalo Packing / Prep List: 

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    Get ready to putt putt into a grain elevator.

    $15 cash / check and a blanket for your Richardson Complex Tour

  • If you have a…. putter/golf ball for the first ever Rust Belt Take Over Mini Golf Tourney
  • Comfy shoes, flash light, rain gear
  • Clear space on your phone for some serious IG action
  • Snacks / Water Official Schedule: 

Friday Evening, July 15th!!!

Random Awesome Tour: Join us at 1100 Niagara Street (AKA The Agway) from 7pm – 8:45pm. The building is VACANT. It will be DARK. It is a giant white malting house next to a tim hortons located on the West Side of Buffalo. You can’t miss it!

WELCOME PARTY!!!!

9pm – ??? Welcome party at the Pop In!  The Pop In is a special pop up event space on the West Side of Buffalo. We will welcome you with the food Buffalo is famous for – pizza & wings! Beer will be available, too. Donations welcomed. Parking is free and easy on Grant Street. 218 Grant Street. Buffalo, NY 14213

Saturday, July 16th!!!

9am – 10:30am = Tour of Silo City located at 87 Childs Street (right near the Ohio Street Bridge). Silo City is the largest collection of grain elevators in the entire world!!! Meet with Chris who is writing a book on this stuff and Dana, curator of the famous “City of Night” which is the worlds largest grain elevator party! The gate will be open – park inside the gate. We will start the tour at 9:10 sharp – BE ON TIME because they’re very vacant and require traveling in a group! Read about them here: http://www.visitbuffaloniagara.com/2015/06/seven-ways-enjoy-silo-city/silo city

11am – 2pm = Tour of the Hydraulics Neighborhood & the Rust Belt Takeover Mini Golf Competition! Meet at 716 Swan Street (Hydraulic Hearth) at 11am Sharp. We will be picking teams and giving out awards to the winners – Larkin Links is the smallest mini golf course in the rust belt and all the holes have something to do with the history of Buffalo! Food trucks and beer will be open for drinking / eating purposes.

3pm – 5pm = Downtown Tour by Derik Kane. Meet at City Hall located on Niagara Square and explore all the incredible architecture including the Ellicott Square Building and The Guaranty Building by Louis Sullivan! The tour will end around 5pm at EXPO, Buffalo’s newest food market which also happens to be next to our historic Market Arcade building!

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Rumor has it that we may get inside the Guaranty Building!

5pm – 7:30pm = BREAK. Go explore the central terminal, check out canal side, see Niagara Falls, sleep… whatever.

7:30pm – ??? = Resurgence Brewery Party for Bernice & Nate’s birthdays. YAY!!! Bernice and Nate are both part of the Buffalo’s Young Preservationists. Resurgence is a fun brewery with giant size games, loads of beer and fun AND is located inside a historic saw tooth building. 1250 Niagara Street. http://www.resurgencebrewing.com

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Sawtooth + Brewery = Awesome

Sunday, July 17th!!!! 

9:15am – Noon = Breakfast on the newly restored Olmsted designed Front Lawn and a tour of the Historic Richardson Complex! Breakfast will be served between 9:15 – 10am and there will be a tour at 10am. YOU MUST BE ON TIME and it costs $15 cash / check. This is a crazy special tour – we can’t stress this enough – tours like this are incredibly rare and the building is being renovated so this will be the last time you’ll see it in this vacant state before everything goes in. It is preservation in the making, people!!!!

Noon – 1:30pm = We can wander over to Delaware Park which is our centerpiece in the parks and parkway systems designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. We will also see the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo History Museum and the Burchfield Penney Art Gallery on our walk around the park!

1:30pm – BYE BYE!!! 

What We’ve Got Going on in the Near Future, Pittsburgh Edition

What We’ve Got Going on in the Near Future, Pittsburgh Edition

By Mike PanzittaYoung Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh (above image photo credit Emily Pumm)

I was originally going to call this “What We’re Planning to Focus on this Year” but 2016 is already half over! Happy July! I wanted to give a quick rundown of what YPA has planned in the upcoming months to give a quick update to you, all my fantastic Rust-Belt-y friends.

Happy Hour with Carrie

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This is Tour Guide Jim pointing out how awesome he and Tour Guide Tom are. (T.G.T. probably pictured in background Also in background: BIG ASS MACHINERY!) Photo Credit Emily Pumm

As you know if you came to Pittsburgh for our RBC April Summit, we love our industrial history out here in Southwest PA, and the Carrie Blast Furnace site is a prime example of how artists and preservation advocates can come together to create something you really can’t find anywhere else.

Carrie Furnace from the other side of the river. Memories of Tom… #RustBeltTakeover #ThisPlaceMatters #ThisKeystoneMatters

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If you went on the Carrie Furnace Tour in April, this is pretty much the same thing…except imagine after touring a real life going out for beers at a local brewery with your tour guide afterwards! Yeah. Sounds pretty great. This is our second year of partnering with Rivers of Steel for this event, and it promises to be amazing. I missed it last year and cannot wait!

Check out our event page for more info!

Open Streets at the Pedestrian Bridge

So many puns…so little time. Happy Valentines Day from YPA! #ypaheartbombs #ypatop10

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As an engineer and infrastructure nerd, I love infrastructure. And as a North Sider, I love the North Side. What kind of sandwich do you get when you smoosh those two loves together with some preservation mayo? You get the Allegheny Commons Pedestrian Bridge (and a really stretched metaphor).

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Lake Elizabeth in the way-back-times. The Pedestrian Bridge is way back in the left background. (Photo credit: Someone who’s definitely dead now)

The Pedestrian Bridge, which was one of our heart bomb sites last year, used to be an important connection over a rail line that runs through the park. Sadly, the deck has been removed so freight can be double-stacked on rail cars. And as much as I love train infrastructure, pedestrians come first. So we’ve been working with City Government and a couple of the local Foundations to rebuild this connection!

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What the bridge looks like now…

One of the ideas we “borrowed” from BYP is the concept of “Painting for Preservation,” an all-ages event where people are encouraged to sketch, paint, photograph, sculpt, compose music about, dance on, just in general Art a Preservation-ready site. And this time, we’re going to be a part of OpenStreets PGH, a program put on by BikePGH where they close down a bunch of roads to car traffic and people are encouraged to do…whatever they want during it! So if you’re free July 31, come say hi and hang with us! We’ll be right around the star on this map.

Dormont Pool Party!

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The Dormont Pool, pre-restoration.

Who says preservation can’t be fun and relaxing? We’re planning on celebrating one of our proudest preservation victories with a pool party August 20 at the Dormont Pool, one of the largest and oldest public pools in the state. The pool was in continuous operation from the ’20s until around 2006, when upkeep and repair costs caused it to close indefinitely. YPA put it on its 2008 Top Ten Preservation Opportunities list, and since then, the pool has reopened, back and better than ever!

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Dormont Pool today. (Photo credit: Friends of Dormont Pool)

We plan to chill, read, swim, play board games (this may just be wishful thinking on my part), and just have a good time to celebrate the summer and the pool itself. Grab your suits and join us! Read more about the event at its Facebook page. And check out Friends of Dormont Pool for more information and history!

Well, that’s the events YPA Pittsburgh has coming up in the next couple months. As always, we’ll be advocating and educating people about preservation issues in Southwest PA, but these are a couple of the “special” get-togethers we have planned. See you there!

Brews on Tues: Indiana Bars and Brewpubs

By Emily Laborde HinesPreserve Greater Indy

In Indiana, we’re spoiled, as we have no shortage of tasty local beer. Even better, many of the homegrown breweries have made their home in historic buildings throughout the state. Besides breweries, there is a plethora of cool beer bars and brewpubs too. Here are a few of my favorites…

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Tomlinson Tap Room, Indianapolis

The Tomlinson Tap Room is located on the second story of the Indianapolis City Market in the heart of downtown Indy. This place is a prime stop for beer lovers, especially if you’re visiting and don’t have time to make the rounds to all of the breweries in Indiana (we have over 120). They only serve Indiana beer (awesome) and there are plenty of local vendors to get a bite from downstairs. The tamale stand is the jam. The bar is a gorgeous period piece salvaged specifically for the tap room.

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The Rathskeller, Indianapolis

Located inside the 1893 Athenaeum on Mass Ave, the Rathskeller is an experience. The Rathskeller is an Indy favorite for the huge outdoor beer garden, but the interior is also very unique. This is not your hipster beer bar with a careful juxtaposition of industrial cool and wooden farm tables. It’s got an old school, almost Hogwarts-like vibe, transporting you to old Bavaria for a few hours. They serve German fare and beer, of course, but they have a small rotation of other craft beers as well.

18th St

One of my favorite Indiana breweries, 18th Street Brewery of Gary, Indiana, opened up their second brewpub in Hammond, Indiana earlier this year. Located in an old furniture warehouse, the brewery was able to grow their brewing capacity to approximately 7,000 bbls per year while offering a tasty menu featuring locally-sourced foods. While en route to Chicago, I stopped by the brewpub to grab a snack and a beer. The building is enormous with the brew house, kitchen, and tasting room on the ground floor. If you’re in Chicago or on your way there, make sure you stop at 18th Street. Get the chili rubbed chicharrónes and a walking taco. Doesn’t matter the beer; they’re all great.

Coming Soon…

Upland Brewing Co. is an Indiana institution with its headquarters located in downtown Bloomington, Indiana. They produce excellent ales and lagers and excel at unique sour ales like their Persimmon sour ale aged on whole Indiana persimmons. Upland is opening their latest pub in Columbus, Indiana inside the historic Columbus Pump House on July 1 and I can’t wait! The Pump House was built in the 1880s and was once home to the city’s water works and a hydroelectric plant. The brewery has spent many months renovating the interior adding a kitchen, stone fired pizza oven and an outdoor patio overlooking the river. It’s going to be the perfect place to grab a pint after the Columbus Architecture Tour.

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The Columbus Pump House

Bio of the author: Raised in the South with a love of Spanish moss, craftsman bungalows and front porches, I am Emily Hines, writer, dreamer and beer drinker. You can find me strolling down a century old city block snapping iPhone photos of colorful facades and searching for flea market treasures. Check out more of Emily’s adventures at emsontheroad.com.