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About sbethy

I have three college degrees including a Masters in Historic Preservation. Since many people aren't hiring preservationists right now I thought this would be a great outlet to document and hopefully publicize amazing buildings that I believe need attention. Originally from NY and currently living in NJ just over the bridge(s) from Philadlephia most of the places I'll feature will be in these areas. If anyone reading this has any buildings they are curious about or love and want to share, let me know and I'll do a little research, take some photos and you'll see the building highlighted. You'll see that I don't tend to focus on pretty buildings that have been perfectly restored. I tend to be drawn to ones that are more in a state of disrepair or are clearly underutilized. There is something about that aesthetic that I am drawn to and makes me wonder about its history- what was it's function, who worked/lived there, who built it, what happened to it, can it be saved? Also, whenever possible I am going to use all my own photography since I love taking photos as well.

UPDATE: The Hotel Plaza in Camden is coming down

In November of 2010 I wrote a post about this great hotel in Camden, The Hotel Plaza.  Even the name is great, it’s like when you add the noun before the name somehow it sounds fancier. Seriously, The Hotel Plaza vs. … Continue reading

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Obligatory Divine Lorraine Post

If you live in Philly, you know the Divine Lorraine.  It’s that amazing architectural relic at the intersection on Broad and Fairmount that has, sadly enough,  been in a steady state of disrepair since the early 2000’s. This is the … Continue reading

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The Hale Building 1326-1328 Chestnut Street

Oh my gosh, I knew it had been a long time but I had no idea how long it had been.  My apologies to my five readers. But as a reward for your patience my next two buildings are amazing. … Continue reading

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Proctor’s Theater- Troy, NY

Proctor’s Marquee- Troy, N.Y. 11.20.10 ©sbethy So exciting- the first post submitted by a reader!  That’s right, I have readers!  So for all you Capital District readers, this isn’t the Proctor’s in Schenectady, that one is alive and well.  Here … Continue reading

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SS United States Conservancy Philadelphia Fundraiser

As I work on the newest entry… it’ll be a good one I promise… the first building submitted by a reader… here’s some action you can take if you’re in the Philadelphia area.  A group I recently became involved with, … Continue reading

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The Hotel Plaza

OK, this place is amazing.  Located in Camden, I first saw it coming home from a Riversharks game and I was immediately intrigued.  Let’s start by saying you probably know Camden (if at all) for it’s pretty bad reputation.  It has … Continue reading

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New York Smallpox Hospital- aka ‘Renwick Ruin’

Ok, now this is my favorite kind of site. Maybe because it’s spooky or maybe because it’s in NYC all I can say is that in general, I love architectural ruins. I traveled up and down the FDR along the East River … Continue reading

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