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Norman Alston
Dallas, Texas
Norm is the founder and principal of Norman Alston Architects.
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On this anniversary of the signing of the NHPA, I am proud that a Texan initiated the conversation about how to preserve a beautiful America and is the one who signed the resulting legislation in to law on this date... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at Norman Alston Architects
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On the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, common misconceptions persist. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at Norman Alston Architects
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Are we too close to Fair Park to really appreciate it, or see its needs? Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Norman Alston Architects
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New master plan process for the Alamo could be model for Dallas' Fair Park. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at Norman Alston Architects
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I heard it again this morning in reference to our cherished local landmark, Fair Park. A comment was made about how the buildings there are crumbling and how many millions in public and private funds will be needed to just... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Norman Alston Architects
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Norman is on the radio today. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Norman Alston Architects
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Norman Alston Architects
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Bob Yap to present an historic preservation program in Denison. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Norman Alston Architects
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Surprising statistics from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Norman Alston Architects
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Marshall Elks Lodge Restoration and the Dallas US Post Office and Courthouse Rehab are recognized by Preservation Texas. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Norman Alston Architects
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Historic preservation has made great progress over the past decade or so and seems to me to be much more of a mainstream pursuit, at least here in Texas. But with the threshold of time constantly moving, new building come... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Norman Alston Architects
The Board of Directors of Preservation Texas and Honor Awards Reception and Ceremony Co-Chairs Minnette Boesel and Margaret Wallace Brown invite you to attend a celebration of outstanding preservation achievements on Saturday, November 22, 2014. The event will take place... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 10, 2014 at Norman Alston Architects
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Steve Brown reports on Old Dallas High School and how design on the renovation of the historic building is underway, as it is for the new apartments that are planned all around it. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at Norman Alston Architects
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Piano music interacts with architecture like that of no other instrument. The sound seems to resonate from the very structure. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Norman Alston Architects
A group of historic preservation advocates huddled in the former North Branch Library, a bare, unheated old red brick castle on Emerson Avenue in North Minneapolis earlier this week, as the first real taste of winter came to the Twin... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 7, 2013 at Norman Alston Architects
The announcement today, coming from THC's website, can be viewed here: Preservation Texas Welcomes New Executive Director. Best of luck to Anna. We look forward to working with her. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at Norman Alston Architects
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Closed for more than 30 years, the Settles Hotel in Big Spring has emerged from a 5 year restoration effort. Last weekend saw the re-illumination of the iconic rooftop sign and provided an opportunity for past and current Big Spring... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at Norman Alston Architects
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It's always a challenge to read about preservation issues when they are covered by "main stream" media because the really critical questions seem never to get asked, much less answered. In this article in the New York Times, residents of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at Norman Alston Architects
The New York Times reports this truly horrific story about an elevator accident in Manhatten. I appreciate their restraint in reporting the more spectacular and unsettling details of this most unfortunate event. I only bring it up because in this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2011 at Norman Alston Architects
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I am very sad to note the passing Sunday of Blake Alexander. He pretty much was the face of the School of Architecture to me while I was at the University of Texas and he taught my very first class,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2011 at Norman Alston Architects
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I came across this article in the New York Times that describes how important Modern buildings have gone main stream with the traditional historic preservation folks in New England. A sign of rapidly changing times, but a move that should... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2011 at Norman Alston Architects
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I expect to be linking frequently to the work of PlaceEconomics, a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. that focuses on the economic impacts of historic preservation activities. The firm's founder, Donovan Rypkema, is widely known for his work in this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2011 at Norman Alston Architects
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I'm linking to this New York Times article about Cleveland's (almost) downtown resurgence because there were a couple of things mentioned that made me think of Dallas. If the resurgence is not quite downtown, what is the impact on downtown?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at Norman Alston Architects
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Not that I didn't get a really good education at UT in my day, but the school has certainly come a very long way since that time. Congratulations to Dean Steiner, the faculty and the staff. The announcement can be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at Norman Alston Architects