WMF Journal


July 16, 2011

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Castle Sinclair Girnigoe: Precarious but Safe

Posted by Ben Haley, Communications Manager
World Monuments Fund
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

I was surprised by the sight of other cars in the parking lot for Castle Sinclair Girnigoe. Since I encountered no signs to the castle in Wick, the nearest town, and had made several wrong turns in getting there down single-lane roads flanked on either side by vast fields, I figured I would have the place to myself.

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July 7, 2011

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A Trek to Kilwa Kisiwani, Part II

Posted by Whitney Warren
World Monuments Fund
Gereza Fort, Kilwa Kisiwani

The island of Kilwa Kisiwani sits just off the coast of Kilwa Misoko, surrounded by deep blue water and verdant mangroves hovering over white sand that blankets a gently rising coast. Baobabs stand sentry over the island, bulbous masters of a sun-drenched domain. The island of Kilwa Kisiwani has been inhabited since the 9th Century.

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July 5, 2011

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A Trek to Kilwa Kisiwani, Part I

Posted by Whitney Warren
World Monuments Fund
Stuck in the mud on the way to Kilwa

Stuck. Again.

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June 21, 2011

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Phillis Wheatley Elementary School Demolished

Posted by Ben Haley, Communications Manager
World Monuments Fund
Two views of Phillis Wheatley (image of partially demolished site, left, © Evan Mather)

Phillis Wheatley Elementary School, designed by Charles Colbert and built in the mid-1950s, was considered one of the most significant pieces of modern architecture in New Orleans. Abandoned after Hurricane Katrina even though it survived the storm very well, the threat of demolition loomed over the structure for several years.

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June 2, 2011

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Mission Pittsburgh

Posted by Frank Sanchis, Program Director, United States
Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Pittsburgh Civic Arena

On June 1, I traveled to Pittsburgh to testify at a City Council meeting with regard to the preservation of the Pittsburgh Civic Arena (popularly known as the “Igloo”), a modernist domed structure with a retractable roof built in 1961.

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