Editors’ Note on Updating Content

The built environment is in constant flux, whether from demolition and new construction, renovations and additions, or changing function and use. Social protest and cultural progress can also transform the built environment, as we have witnessed these past several years in efforts to remove monuments to the Confederacy from public spaces. (See “SAH Statement on The Removal of Monuments to the Confederacy from Public Spaces.”)

As a digital publication, SAH Archipedia strives to ensure that its content is up to date and that published texts accurately reflect physical conditions on the ground. To that end, our editors and authors are reviewing individual entries and essays to identify those that need to be updated.

While this work is ongoing and continuous, we want our readers to know that we are prioritizing updates to entries and essays (and illustrations and metadata) dealing with monuments to the Confederacy and memorials that otherwise symbolize oppression to indicate (1) the removal of statues and other forms of dismantling or transformation, (2) the renaming or retitling of buildings, parks, plazas, bridges, streets, and highways, (3) necessary contextualizing and interpretations in light of new historical research and scholarship.

As always, SAH Archipedia’s editors will work with authors and peer reviewers to maintain the highest standards of a scholarly publication.




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OLD LOUISIANA STATE CAPITOL

In Life on the Mississippi (1883), Mark Twain described Baton Rouge's Gothic Revival state capitol as an “architectural falsehood” and accused novelist Sir Walter Scott of being “probably responsible . . . for it is not conceivable that this little sham castle would ever have been built if he had not run the people mad, a couple of generations ago, with his medieval romances.” Local newspapers were no kinder, denouncing the building as ... more

SANFORD UNDERGROUND RESEARCH FACILITY

The deepest underground scientific laboratory in the United States is the Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab), located in the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, South Dakota. The Sanford Lab occupies 223 surface acres and 7,700 underground acres. more

BP EXPLORATION ALASKA BUILDING

BP's Alaskan headquarters, more formally known as the BP Exploration Alaska Building, is perhaps most elegant of the oil-era Anchorage office buildings. Opened in 1985 after two years of construction, it stands on a 36-acre site at the intersection of the Seward Highway and East Benson Boulevard. The headquarters accommodates... more

MIAMI SEAQUARIUM

Like Miami Marine Stadium, Miami Seaquarium is one of a number of recreational facilities lining Rickenbacker Causeway in Virginia Key, which was envisioned by Dade County Parks Commissioner Charles Crandon and laid out by landscape architect William Lyman Phillips in 1947. more

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