Thursday, January 13, 2011

Publications and Preservation

I’m a fan of a number of online and hardcopy publications, especially those that celebrate a particular region of the country. I bet you can’t guess which area? Why, yes, the SOUTH!

My long-time blog friends are well aware of my adoration of Garden & Gun. So, I was thrilled to read a wonderful entry about G&G in the New York Social Diary. Writer Ned Brown made a visit to the hunting plantation and lodge, Rochelle, in the Lowcountry region, to do a story about G&G founding editor John Wilson. Rochelle is a feast for the eyes, to say the least.

Rochelle Hunting Lodge in South Carolina

I love the fact that Brown calls G&G “one of the finest lifestyle and best constructed magazines I know of.” So, once again, if you have yet to have a G&G experience, GO BUY THE MAGAZINE NOW. (Seriously, I should be on their payroll for all of the subscribers I’ve sent their way.)

Guests mingle around the fire pit at Rochelle Plantation during a fundrasier for the American College of the Building Arts

Wilson recently launched a new digital magazine called Charleston The Manual, which is a user’s guide for anyone planning a trip to that fair city or for residents looking for the latest happenings in that region. Wilson has a knack for the creative.

During Brown’s visit with Wilson, a party was held at Rochelle to benefit the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston. I had never heard of this school, but as I learned more about it, I found it has a fascinating curriculum and purpose. Having only achieved licensure in 2004, ACBA is a young college that works diligently to preserve the old. The school's website states:

The American College of the Building Arts educates and trains artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship and encourage the preservation, enrichment, and understanding of the world's architectural heritage through a liberal arts education.

What a wonderful mission. I have a strong interest in architecture and the preservation of important structures, although I'm only a novice on the topic. I can tell you, though, that my hometown of Louisville, Ky. has the second-largest assembly of cast-iron buildings in the United States (New York City has the most), and I’m fortunate enough to travel by several of them on my way to work each morning. I’ve seen some of these structures fall into disrepair and in a couple of instances, literally crumble to the ground.

That’s why I think a school like ACBA is a valuable institution and its graduates will make significant contributions to architecture in this country, and perhaps around the world.

Stop by New York Social Diary to read a recap of Brown's visit and delight in photos from the gathering. And if you are a lover of architecture, take comfort in knowing that a school like ACBA exists.
Images from New York Social Diary and the American College of the Building Arts

9 comments:

The Consummate Hostess said...

Oh wow-what an exciting and needed institution. I too am a huge fan of G & G! I had the pleasure of attending the G & G Derby party last year- it was so fabulous!

Aunt Grits a.k.a Maggi said...

Thank you for sharing such wonderful information. That school sounds awesome!

North of 25A said...

Go figure! With your recommendation, I can't wait to check out G&G; and that amazing school too. Thanks!
Best,
Colleen

James said...

Ever since you introduced me to G&G I have enjoyed it very much. Thank you for that. I will look in on New York Social Diary, can't go wrong with your recommendations.

annechovie said...

great recommendations - thank you!

Town and Country Mom said...

Thank you! I love G&G as well as Charleston magazine. I look forward to checking out the online publication you mentioned, too, along with NYSD's story.

Henley on the Horn said...

I have been a big Garden and Gun fan since its inception!

bevy said...

I read this online a few days ago... Seems everyone loves the south!!! Lucky us for being able to call it home...

Chic Coles said...

This is great information. Preservation is on my list to some day study and I have always thought Charleston would be just the spot to do this.