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Have you been watching Ken Burns's documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History? The series is still running on Sundays at 9 pm on WNET in New York City and other PBS stations and is available to stream online at

Episode five, "The Rising Road," featured Top Cottage in Hyde Park, New York, FDR's personal retreat while in office. Learn more about this historic building, now restored and open to the public, in our book, The President as Architect: Franklin D. Roosevelt's Top Cottage. Mount Ida Press conducted historical research for this project. Visit our bookstore link to place your order.

New Book on Albany Architects Now Available
Five years in the making, this fully illustrated and meticulously researched book, entitled
Architects in Albany, profiles 36 designers and their firms who played major roles in creating Albany's distinctive skyline and its handsome streetscapes. It expands upon a booklet on the work of 12 architects that was published by Historic Albany Foundation in 1978, soon after its founding. Architects in Albany will be of interest to preservationists, historians, history buffs, property owners, builders and developers, architects, government officials, scholars, and students.

Mount Ida Press co-published Architects in Albany with Historic Albany Foundation. The extensive index provides easy access to information on hundreds of buildings.

Mount Ida Press provided editorial services, historical research, illustrations, and graphic design for the book and is assisting in marketing.

To order click on the Mount Ida Press Bookstore at left.

Celebrate New York State History with a New Book on New Netherland
Explorers, Fortunes and Love Letters: A Window on New Netherland presents  the fascinating story of the diverse and enterprising colony of New Netherland and its enduring cultural impact. Mount  Ida Press co-published the book with the New Netherland Institute.

The twelve essays in the book, written by preeminent historians of New Netherland, pull from diverse perspectives--social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and political--to weave together the dynamic and diverse history of the Dutch in America. The authors cover a wide array of topics that immerse the reader in the day-to-day life of these early settlers and trace the influence of the Dutch from the seventeenth century to the present. Readers will find this compilation brimming with fresh and varied perspectives on the origins of American culture and society, opening many truly new windows on the colony of New Netherland. 

Mount Ida Press provided editorial services, illustrations, and graphic design and assisted with marketing on this publication.

Explorers, Fortunes and Love Letters: A Window on New Netherland is being distributed by SUNY Press. For ordering information please click on the Mount Ida Press Bookstore at left.

Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda at the University of Virginia
Mount Ida Press recently oversaw the publication of a historic structure report on President Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda for the University of Virginia. The staff of Mount Ida Press also researched and wrote a comprehensive history of the Rotunda, detailing Thomas Jefferson's initial ideas and designs for the building in the 1820s, the devastating fire in 1897 that destroyed the original building, and its subsequent reconstruction.

John G. Waite Associates, Architects was commissioned by the university to prepare the historic structure report, which provides insight into the history of the Rotunda and also serves as a guide for future restoration.

In addition to researching and writing the history for this report, Mount Ida Press provided graphic design and coordination with the printer.

New Guide to Preservation Practice Available
Mount Ida Press recently collaborated with the Association for Preservation Technology to publish the Preservation Technology Primer, a collection of seminal articles from the APT Bulletin. Frances Gale of the School of Architecture of the University of Texas at Austin edited this reader, which will serve as a tool for scholars and professionals in the field of historic preservation. This collection of articles covers three major topics--preservation theory, building systems and materials, and cultural landscapes and archeology. Robert A. Young, Michael F. Lynch, Kyle Normandin, and Hugh C. Miller also contributed introductory material to the Primer. Mount Ida Press provided editorial services and graphic design and is assisting with marketing of this work. Copies are availabe from APT at 217.529.9039 and

New APT Bulletin Puts the Spotlight on Sustainability
Mount Ida Press edits and publishes the APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology. The latest issue of the Bulletin, published in March 2010, explores the integral role of  sustainability in the field of preservation. In 2005 the Bulletin published its first special issue on sustainability, and over the past five years the relationship between preservation and sustainability has continued to grow. Guest editor Walter Sedovic introduces the issue by saying "this issue of the Bulletin is proof that we as a profession have matured and that our notion of sustainable preservation has come of age." Editor Diana S. Waite notes that "the limited nature of our resources, both natural and cultural, has become an ever pressing concern" and that "the need for action has gone from being regarded as a specialist topic to an 'inconvient truth' in our culture at large." The articles in the current issue display how deeply sustainability and preservation are connected and explore the ways in which this relationship can be strengthened over the coming years.

Seven articles are featured in this special issue, with topics that include energy modeling and life-cycle costing, the conservation of the Pere Marquette Railroad Depot in Bay City, Michigan, and long-term service life and built-in redundancy. Other topics include improving the energy efficiency of traditional windows, green home-rating systems, and the role of sustainability in preservation education. This issue's Practice Points examines the techniques of dry-ice cleaning to remove spray paint from weathering steel. Five book reviews are also featured in this issue.

The APT Bulletin is a valued source for state-of-the-art information on preservation technology. Published three times a year, the Bulletin examines all aspects of preservation technology in feature articles and book reviews, keeping readers at the leading edge of the field. Full-text PDF versions of past Bulletin articles are available through JSTOR, an international online digital archive.

Other New Projects
Mount Ida Press is currently working on a book on the architecture of downtown Troy, New York, with the Rensselaer County Historical Society; an organizational history of the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities; architectural histories of St. Peter's Church in Albany, New York, and the Charnley-Norwood Cottage in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, with John G. Waite Associates Architects; a company history of Greene, Tweed & Co. in Kulpsville, Pa.; and a special issue of the
APT Bulletin that focuses on sustainability. An essay on Garnet Douglass Baltimore written by Diana S. Waite was recently published in Shaping the American Landscape: New Profiles from the Pioneers of American Landscape Design Project

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