Like in years past, many preservation news stories from 2022 came with a side of whiplash. Buildings thought safe from the wrecking ball by day are demolished overnight. Hard-fought campaigns to save vulnerable properties prevail against all odds. A developer says he’ll protect a historic feature, then proceeds with a thoughtless renovation.
It was a year in which high-profile national organizations funded the protection of underrepresented histories, particularly Black and LGBTQ+ histories, and celebrated important victories like the preservation and redevelopment of the Helmut Jahn–designed Thompson Center in Chicago and Marcel Breuer’s Central Library in Atlanta. Amid these highs, there were plenty of lows, including the demolition of
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