Disaster Reports from the East Coast

I’ve been on the lookout for reports about damage to historic places on the East Coast from last week’s Sandy and only in the last week has word started to trickle out. Overall, although Sandy affected millions of people, the damage to historic districts and individual buildings seems less severe, at least in these initial reports, than in Katrina, and that’s something to be thankful for as enter the Thanksgiving season. Still, I remember how many volunteers came to help Mississippi and New Orleans in their time of need, and I’m sure affected East Coast residents could use our help now.


New York History reports “Sandy Damage Along Historic Waterfronts, Islands

The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhatten stayed safe during Sandy and is re-opened. You can read a blow-by-blow “live blog” of Sandy’s effects on the Jewish communities of NYC and surrounding areas here.

An 1897 boat house at the Takanasee Lifesaving Station (NJ) was washed away, according to Atlanticville. SaveTakBeach! has been trying to preserve this 5-acre beach parcel and its historic buildings.

The Alice Austen House Museum, a National Historic Landmark on Staten Island lost a number of old-growth trees and its fence.

View New Yorker slide shows documenting city life before and during the storm here and here.

The Historic Districts Council of New York City reports minimal damage to historic districts in the City, but expresses concern for the bungalows of Far Rockaway, Queens.

Preserve New Jersey lists several landmarks damaged or destroyed, but a number of beachfront icons still standing with only minor roof damage.

Relatively minor damage to historic Baltimore, which lost 4 rowhouses that collapsed in the winds of Sandy, according to Baltimore Heritage.

“Power outages darkened Kykuit and Lyndhurst in New York, and Philip Johnson’s Glass House in Connecticut,” according to the National Trust’s website. Other Trust-owned properties such as the Pope-Leighy House near Washington DC and Oatlands in Leesburg, VA, sustained minor roof damage.

A couple of National Historic Landmarks as far north as Maine, Castle Tucker and Hamilton House, also saw site and garden damage and will need cleanup and repair.

And a couple general-interest clean-up stories: “Unsung Heroes” and “Occupy Sandy

Categories: Preservation People/Events

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