Around my office at Old Stuff Inc. and even before, when I was in school, I would often come across the work of a fellow Preservationist or a group and I would be so excited by their work that I would develop what I like to call a “Preservation Crush” on the person or project. Over the years, I have had a number of “Preservation Crushes,” but on that I think has stuck me through the years is Jane Jacobs. (But really who doesn’t have a Preservation Crush on her?)
Why do I bring this up, you might ask? Well, the other day a co-worker (one that I wouldn’t expect to listen to my silly flights of fancy) came up to me and said, “You know how you have what you call “Preservation Crushes”? “Well, I think I have one.” Then, he proceeded to tell me about a woman who works on a Local Historical Commission in a town that he had recently had a project in. What’s the point, you ask? Well… it’s that I started a trend! (insert evil maniacal laughter here) To continue that trend, I want to know: Who is your “Preservation Crush” and why? Kindly consider this a poll and leave your answers in the comments.
Have a good one!