Shouldn’t Miss News of the Week

Here’s some news that I think you shouldn’t miss, enjoy!

Long Hidden, Vatican Painting Linked to Native Americans: This is a case of what happens when a painting completed in 1494 gets cleaned as part of the restoration process.  Very few people ever saw this aspect of the painting before as the area it was located in was closed off, unused, from 1503 to 1899.

The Renaissance of a 1920s Abandoned Parisian Cinema: A great article on the restoration of a small theater.  Wonderful to see a group of people come together to save this building and get it back up and running.  There are pictures in the article too, so go check them out, they’re awesome.

Full moon gets partial blame for Civil War general’s death: Astronomers are looking at the moon to see how it may have played into the death of Stonewall Jackson by obscuring the enemy but making him very visible to his own troops…just not identifiable.

What a ‘Modernized’ Wrigley Field Might Look Like: If you aren’t a baseball person, you might not know that Wrigley Field is home to the Chicago Cubs, who haven’t won a World Series since 1908.  They haven’t been to the World Series since 1945.  Their last winning season was 2009, when they went 83 and 78.  That was the year that the team came under new ownership, and recently the owner has been calling for some upgrades around the ballpark, which has been home to the team since 1916.  He’s even said that if he doesn’t get some upgrades he will consider moving the team, which has always been based in Chicago.  This article shows what some of the changes could look like, and I don’t think they’re all that bad.  Much of the stadium will retain its charm, and it is certainly preferable over leaving Wrigley entirely, which would definitely leave the structure in danger of meeting its destruction.

How Historic Architecture Can Anchor Economic Development: Sometimes I bookmark an article with an interesting title early on in the week because it seems like it would be a good fit for Shouldn’t Miss News.  It’s also a reminder to me to actually read the article that I didn’t have time for when I found it.  This is one of those articles and I was so happy to see that it was about Providence, RI, which I live about 20 minutes away from.  Providence is such a good example to use and it has changed radically over the last decade or so.  It’s a happening place (with wonderful food trucks and a good historic preservation scene too).  Sadly, right now RI doesn’t have Historic Tax Credits, which is also addressed in the article.

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For more, check out Bricks + Mortar’s This Week feature.

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