Seven to Save Photography: Wells Barns

Continuing my series of posts on the HABS/HAER photography that I did on a volunteer basis on behalf of the Preservation League of New York State. The second round of Seven to Save photographs that I did in 2018 included a category: Wells Barns. This was a fascinating experience, and gave me access to barns …

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Seven to Save Photography: Gould Memorial Library

I have worked with the Preservation League of New York State on a volunteer basis since 2016, providing HABS/HAER photography for their Seven to Save program. Through this program the League identifies the state’s most important and threatened historic resources. Every two years the League selects seven threatened properties or groups of properties. Over the …

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Erie Canal Museum Exhibit, Syracuse, 2019

I have had a long-standing relationship with the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY. In 2007, I conducted HABS/HAER photography of hydroelectric facilities and dam at canal facilities throughout New York State. The purpose of this volunteer effort was to form the backbone of a major exhibit that opened at the Museum in 2008. In …

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Hydroelectric HABS/HAER Photography-Part 3

In 2011 I had the opportunity to photograph the hydroelectric powerhouse at Proctor, Vermont. This station was built in 1904 as the source of power for the Vermont Marble mill in Proctor. The original generating equipment remained in use, but the new owners of the plant, the Central Vermont Public Service, planned to upgrade the …

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Hydroelectric HABS/HAER Photography-Part 2

Saccarappa Hydroelectric Project, Maine In late 2015, I collaborated with my colleagues at Sutherland Conservation and Consulting¬†on the documentation of a historic hydroelectric station in Westbrook, ME. This hydroelectric project was built on the Presumpscot River in downtown Westbrook in 1907. It was built by the S.D. Warren Company, which made paper from pulp. As …

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Hydroelectric HABS/HAER Photography 1

Byllesby/Buck Hydroelectric Project, VA I’ve been fortunate over my career to work with hydroelectric plants, and with water resources projects generally, throughout the country. As a subject for both HABS/HAER photography and historical research, they are fantastic places to study. The next several posts will include samples from my hydroelectric projects over the years. First …

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Binghamton, NY-Urban Renewal History, Phase 2

Last week I discussed, the portion of Binghamton, NY’s Urban Renewal program that was known as Project 1. It was by the far the largest of the urban renewal areas, and incorporated most of the key architectural landmarks of the 1960-1970s. However, Project 1 was only one component in the City’s grand designs. Project 2 …

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Binghamton, NY-Urban Renewal History, Phase 1

I’ve described in a previous post the origins of the Broom County Planning Commission, which beginning in the late 1940s provided planning services for the City of Binghamton. In the course of preparing a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Downtown Binghamton Historic District, my colleague Sam Gruber and I delved into the …

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