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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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Blog post | July 07, 2011

A Trek to Kilwa Kisiwani, Part II

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.
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Blog post | July 05, 2011

A Trek to Kilwa Kisiwani, Part I

Stuck. Again. And yet, this time, the only nuance to our predicament was that our bus, ensnared by two feet of unrelenting Tanzanian mud impervious and unsympathetic to our ambitions of reaching the coast in anything resembling a reasonable timeframe, was clearly going nowhere.
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Blog post | June 29, 2011

Chile Mission Dispatch

Seeing the churches of Arica-Parinacota come back to life through the efforts of Fundacion Altiplano, and their Chilean, Peruvian, Ecuadorian, German, and North American experts, is satisfying. World Monuments Fund is proud to have a role in the revitalization of these communities.
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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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Blog post | June 02, 2011

Mission Pittsburgh

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. Preservation Pittsburgh and Reuse the Igloo, a grassroots group led by Robert Pfaffmann, an architect in Pittsburgh, proposed the building for local landmark designation earlier this year after it was abandoned by the Pittsburgh Penguins, a hockey team who moved into a new stadium nearby.
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Blog post | May 27, 2011

Official Cambodian Delegation Visits WMF

From May 14 to 20, WMF hosted a delegation of officials from Cambodia to conduct a conservation planning workshop for Phnom Bakheng, one of the oldest temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park. WMF began working on this project in 2004 and conducted a series of surveys to understand the conditions and conservation challenges of the site. Since that time, WMF has been engaged with APSARA National Authority in a comprehensive conservation program, which is ongoing.
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Blog post | May 23, 2011

Loropeni – Burkina Faso

Solving unique challenges while taking extreme care to not overwhelm or obliterate its intangible character, WMF’s project at Loropeni was successfully completed in November 2010.
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Blog post | May 20, 2011

UPenn Students Propose Watch Solutions

In May, Pauline and Erica Avrami, WMF's Research and Education Director participated in a day of presentations at the University of Pennsylvania. Graduate students in historic preservation at UPenn focused research for their advanced conservation science class on 2010 Watch sites.
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