Ohio History Journal

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Historical News

Historical News




A number of cities are taking steps to preserve, protect, and, in some

cases, reconstruct historical areas, the American Society of Planning Officials

has reported. Such programs, the society suggests, are to the benefit of the

cities because they stimulate tourist trade and save certain areas from de-

clining into slums.

Charleston, South Carolina, has established by law a zone known as the

"old and historic Charleston district," which comprises the area in which

there is the greatest concentration of early buildings. A city board of

architectural review passes on the appropriateness of all exterior archi-

tectural features proposed for buildings to be erected or altered in the area.

Natchez, Mississippi, by local ordinance protects historic buildings in

an area covering twenty blocks in the central business district.

New Orleans protects the famous old Vieux Carre section through a city

aesthetic control agency. Newcastle, Delaware, and Annapolis, Maryland,

are among other cities with operating plans for protecting their fine his-

torical features.


The French refugee village, Azilum, which existed on the upper Sus-

quehanna River from 1793 to 1803, is to be restored by French Azilum,

Inc., a recently formed non-profit organization. The village had fifty log

houses and "The Queen's House," a large log building built as a refuge

for Marie Antoinette. The corporation plans also the construction of an

amphitheater for an annual historical pageant. The project is to be financed

in part from memberships, available at from fifty cents annually to one

hundred dollars. Information may be obtained from French Azilum, Inc.,

Towanda, Pennsylvania.


Harold Dean Cater has been named executive director of the Sleepy

Hollow Restorations, Inc. He succeeds Hugh Grant Powell, who retires

after long association with the restorations. The organization maintains two