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    Re: Photographs of Historic Buildings

    Quote Originally Posted by bgh View Post
    ...Lately I've been donating my time on behalf of the Preservation League of NY State to do some photographs of the most threatened historic sites around the state, which they've identified as their Seven to Save ([url]http://www.preservenys.org/seven-to-save---...
    Good for you. I wonder if there's a need in other localities to document historic buildings. Especially ones that are lower profile and they can't justify payment. Seems like a natural fit for a bunch of LF photographers.

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    Re: Photographs of Historic Buildings

    Quote Originally Posted by HMG View Post
    Good for you. I wonder if there's a need in other localities to document historic buildings. Especially ones that are lower profile and they can't justify payment. Seems like a natural fit for a bunch of LF photographers.
    That's a nice thought. I do a fair number of HABS/HAER jobs for hire, but locally I'm more likely to volunteer my time and donate the negatives to our active local historical association. There are quite a lot of locally important historic buildings that slip through the regulatory cracks, and go away without little notice. I hate to think that there will be no memory of these buildings and sites, and so our local organization knows to contact me if they hear of anything, as they have no funds for such work and no way to force anyone to hire me. However, they often can provide me with access to some pretty interesting places, which is a reward of its own. I think that it would be wonderful for other LF photographers to have similar relationships. Getting even one or two exterior images into a public archive will help to preserve these memories for future generations.

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    Re: Photographs of Historic Buildings

    That reminds me. I reallllly need to get my butt down to the local Carnegie Library and talk to them about HABS/HAER stuff. I am not sure if things just aren't online, but there isn't even a listing for my county in the LOC database. A ton of smaller counties nearby have photos. I'm curious if somewhere along the way a folder was lost. There's a lot of historic buildings that I would love to document.
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    Re: Photographs of Historic Buildings

    Quote Originally Posted by bgh View Post
    Lately I've been donating my time on behalf of the Preservation League of NY State to do some photographs of the most threatened historic sites around the state, which they've identified as their Seven to Save (http://www.preservenys.org/seven-to-save---2016-17.html).
    I don't know its current state, but Herkimer Home just East of Little Falls, NY was the home of the Revolutionary War General Herkimer and had been open for tours and special historical events. I remember hearing it was closing to the public a few years ago, but I don't know if it's been reopened or not. It would be a good project all by itself. I grew up in Little Falls, but live 8 hours away now.

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    Re: Photographs of Historic Buildings

    Quote Originally Posted by bgh View Post
    Nice idea for a thread! I'm a historian by trade, not a photographer, so this is a treat to see.
    .... Bruce
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    I beg to differ

    nice work, Bruce, on your site as well.

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    Re: Photographs of Historic Buildings

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    Re: Photographs of Historic Buildings

    Historic buildings are sort of my specialty.

    The Henry House on the grounds of the Manassas battlefield in Manassas, Virginia. The present house was built in 1870 to replace the original one on the hill. That original house saw fighting in the immediate vicinity during the first Civil War battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861. During that battle the Henry Family matriarch, Judith Henry was killed, the only civilian casualty of the battles at Manassas. In 1940 the Henry House was donated to the National Park Service to become part of Manassas Battlefield Park.

    From my ongoing "Farmscapes of the Civil War" project. Shot on a foggy, rainy day in January of 2016.

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    Re: Photographs of Historic Buildings

    You're very kind to say so, Tim, thanks. Terrific stuff on your site as well! I've been enjoying it.

    Bruce

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    I beg to differ

    nice work, Bruce, on your site as well.

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    Re: Photographs of Historic Buildings

    Quote Originally Posted by bgh View Post
    ... I do a fair number of HABS/HAER jobs for hire ...
    May I ask a few questions about this?

    What does that kind of work entail?
    Who hires the photography?
    What is the typical pay?
    Etc.

    Thanks,
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    Re: Photographs of Historic Buildings

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    Do you know the large Minneapolis office building that was constructed of huge wood uprights. The trees were nearly the size of California Redwoods. The building was downtown and the wood verticals were at least 8 stories tall.

    I saw the building a long time ago, my memory fails on name and exact location. I would love to see images of that building and revisit it one day.

    Few know or remember the upper Midwest once had massive trees however every single giant tree was cut down.
    If my memory is right, you may be thinking about the Johnson & Johnson corporate headquarters building. Or 3M?

    Might Frank Lloyd Wright have been the architect?

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