26 Apr '11, 7pm

Does Saving Historic Buildings Really Save Energy?

The preservationist wisdom is that a lot of energy--gallons and gallons of gasoline--is locked up in our historic buildings, and should be saved. It's time to update that wisdom. A surreal magazine ad just got even more surreal for me. After learning of the fire at the historic 1871 Brooks House here in Brattleboro, Vermont last week, I quickly got to wondering, will the owner be put in the painful position of choosing to salvage a beloved historic property, or to build new? Similar choices are faced with sad frequency in historic downtowns across America. A second look at a surreal magazine ad The question brought to my mind an iconic poster from the 1980. The ad depicts a "jerry can" style gasoline can--red, rectangular, with a metal nozzle coming out the top. The surreal thing about this poster was that the gasoline can was drawn in the shape of an archetypal three-stor...

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