Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Help Launch the Austin Historical Survey Wiki with Your Knowledge of Mid-century Modern!

Photo of a church in East Austin designed by architect John Chase. This photo was taken
in a 2001 survey of the Chestnut neighborhood. Do you know more about the history
and architecture of this church? Add information to this place record on the
 Austin Historical Survey Wiki. Look for other modern gems and share your knowledge
 on the Wiki.
The City of Austin and the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture will celebrate the official launch of a new survey web tool to identify historic resources. The Austin Historical Survey Wiki is a web experiment in open government. It offers historians, city officials, preservationists, neighborhood residents, and mid-century modern aficionados an opportunity to work together to discover and share Austin's historic places. 

Come to the official launch celebration:
Monday, June 4, 2012
noon - 1:00
City Council Chambers
Austin City Hall

The Wiki provides an important opportunity for mid-century enthusiasts to help the City of Austin identify modern resources. Any registered user can contribute information. This is your chance to share information about the places that you value. You can upload photographs and scanned documents. Once you contribute information, it goes to a moderator and is typically posted within 24-48 hours.

You can browse the places already on the Wiki and add more.
Use Advance Search on the Search Places page to find modern buildings already on the Wiki. Once you have found them, you can add more information. If something isn't there, add it.

If you would like to contribute to the identification of mid-century modern in Austin, tag places with "20th-Century Modern Design."

The Wiki offers the ability for direct participation in identifying the places that Austinites value. This is your chance to get involved as a Wiki historian. Go to beta.austinhistoricalsurvey.org to try it out.

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