Under Construction: Website & Historic Sites

You may have noticed things are looking a little different around the site. I’ve been making a few improvements, most of which will be in the background. Things will continue to run as usual, but you can now update your links! My blog has been migrated to susietrexler.com (don’t worry, the old address will continue to connect through).

With a little website construction, I thought it would be fun to share some historic site construction I’ve seen over the years. This starts with the Parthenon, which I visited a frequently during my semester studying abroad in Greece in college. I was a history major just beginning to dabble in historic preservation, and I was fascinated that they were reconstructing whole portions of the Parthenon. Many of the original pieces are located just down the hill in the Acropolis Museum (my #1 must-see if you ever go to Athens!).

It was University of Oregon’s historic preservation field school that both introduced me to historic preservation and convinced me to pursue a Masters degree in the subject. Two of my field schools included Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House and the Frenchglen Hotel, both in Oregon.

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The first time I saw it, I honestly wasn’t sure I liked the Gordon House. But after spending a week in the space, I went away not just loving the house but fascinated by Frank Lloyd Wright’s work as a whole (I previously wrote about this here). Little did I know I would be working in Oak Park in a few years!

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At the Frenchglen Hotel I learned a little bit of everything: cedar shingles, siding, and windows. Nothing makes you appreciate historic preservation more than a hands-on preservation project, whether it’s sanding and varnishing a cedar ceiling panel on a Frank Lloyd Wright house or nailing new cedar shingles to the porch roof of a historic hotel.

Thank you all for following along! I appreciate all of my readers and love exploring and finding new things to post each week. Don’t forget to update your bookmarks and stay tuned as things get a little refresh over here. Questions or comments? You are always welcome to comment below or reach out to me via my contact page, here.

Happy February and have a great week!

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