National Preservation Glenn A. Walsh
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230-1041 U.S.A.
Carnegie Libraries: Electronic Mail: < email@example.com >
Challenges and Internet Web Site: < http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc >
Solutions 2006 November 3
(Brief Biography of Panelist)
A 1978 Journalism graduate from the
He served five years in the late 1990s as a Life Trustee for the
Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in the
Mr. Walsh will be speaking on politics and grass-roots preservation efforts.
Outline of Presentation *** Photographs Used in Presentation (Photos of Andrew Carnegie Free Library used only)
Primary Impediments to Historic Preservation: EGO and MONEY !
A. Institution Administrators and/or Board members
1. Looking to leave a legacy—change for changes sake.
1. Change—any change—to show constituents they are “improving” community.
A. Real Estate Developers/Speculators
1. Promote new or renovated structure, which they think will increase community property values, often with contributions to political campaigns.
B. Consultants, Architects, Contractors
1. Promote building changes while seeking public contracts, often with contributions to political campaigns.
C. Politicians & So-called “Economic Development” (Subsidized Real Estate Speculation)
1. Politicians risk public funds to try to buy additional real estate development; any short-term gains come at a fairly high price, both monetarily and through loss of history, and often do not translate into long-term gains.
a. Federal “Urban Renewal” projects of the 1960s and 1970s [and later, UDAG (Urban Development Action Grants)]– many now being undone.
` b. State Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Grants.
c. Local TIF (Tax Increment Financing) packages, deferring municipal, county, and school district property taxes to assist project construction.
2. So-called “Economic Development” (Subsidized Real Estate Speculation) given high priority, even if results in economic “musical chairs” and historic properties are abandoned or demolished.
III. Case Studies: Original Carnegie Libraries
A. Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, Carnegie PA *** Photographs
1. Origin & Endowment.
2. RAD Funding & Lawsuit Against Library by Borough; Near Loss of RAD & State Funding.
4. Already, some historic interior “modernized” and fate of historic fixtures unknown.
5. ACLA & Discarding of Nearly Half of Collection.