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Blog post | August 03, 2009

Field Trip to Field School

Our communications team organized a small press event at the Dutch Reformed Church for this past Wednesday. Ben Haley (Communications Assistant) and I caught the 7:16 a.m. train to Garrison, where Holly Evarts (Director of Communications) picked us up and drove us to Newburgh.
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Blog post | July 28, 2009

First Week of Field School

Some of the high-school students working to restore the Dutch Reformed Church in Newburgh, New York, shared their impressions of their first week.
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Blog post | July 24, 2009

High Hopes for the High Line

Last week, WMF staff visited the <a href="http://www.thehighline.org/">High Line</a>, a new park in New York on an old elevated rail line that has become the talk of the town. Amy Freitag, WMF's Director of U.S. Programs, was highly involved in the project when she was Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects in New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation.
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Tuesday, July 14, was the first day of the summer field school at the Dutch Reformed Church, where students from the Newburgh Free Academy will embark on one of the most challenging summers of their young lives. Work starts at 8:00 a.m. and the usual baseball caps will be traded in for hardhats. The students' task involves restoring elements of the church, an 1830s Greek Revival structure. The primary focus will be repairing the stage, which was damaged by a fire in August 2008.
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How cool was Miami in the 1960s? Just take a look at the Miami Marine Stadium, built in 1964 as a powerboat racing and water skiing venue. Today, the stadium is vacant but remains a popular visual landmark in the Miami skyline. The concrete structure, with its jagged roof line and cantilevered canopy is now coated with multicolored graffiti; a far cry from the place where Sammy Davis, Jr., famously hugged Richard Nixon on stage in 1972 and Jimmy Buffet performed in 1985.
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The US Department of State awarded funds toward a comprehensive stone conservation program and is also interested in learning more about the tourism management challenges at the site, which is often very crowded at the end of the day when people climb the hill to see the sunset and the commanding view of the temples at Angkor and the surrounding countryside.
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Blog post | June 29, 2009

Requiem for Riverview

Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida, an icon of Modern design by Paul Rudolph, succumbed to the wrecking ball this month following a multiyear fight to save it. In 2008 WMF, supported by Knoll, launched an international competition for an adaptive reuse plan for the building.
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At the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat, we are restoring the Churning of the Sea of Milk gallery. This gallery houses the celebrated 160-foot-long (49 meters) bas-relief that depicts one of the most important themes of Hindu mythology: the creation myth in which devas (gods) and asuras (demons) churn the primordial ocean to release amrita, the elixir of immortality.
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It hardly felt like the first day of spring when I arrived in Banská Štiavnica, the sleepy little former mining hill-town in central Slovakia. The well-preserved Renaissance town center is nestled in the basin of an ancient volcano, and as I ascended from the outer rim of the crater, I could immediately see the red painted churches and chapels of the Calvary site amidst the snow-covered fields across the valley.
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My WMF colleague Jamie Kendall and I recently returned from a two-day visit at Florida Southern College where we convened a group of international scholars, architects, and architectural conservators to discuss Frank Lloyd Wright's use of concrete or block construction.
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