This week’s episode is an amazing conversation with the incredible Melissa Auf der Maur.  We met on the NY Preservation Webinar back in the spring of 2021 and we recorded this episode in the summer.   This is our first in-depth conversation so you’ll hear more about both of our backgrounds. It’s a longer episode but she was so gracious with her time I didn’t want to cut out too much of the conversation.  We cover so much ground in this conversation including polite racism, gender roles, feminism, climate change, preservation, sustainability, music, culture, inequities designed into the American system, cultural differences between the US & Canada, as well as where we think we are on the pendulum swing of progress and our hopes for the future.

Building Highlight: Basilica Hudson in Hudson Valley which was originally built in 1880 as a forge and foundry for steel railway wheels (later housing a glue factory until the 1980s)



Melissa Auf der Maur is Co-Founder and Director of Basilica Hudson. From 1994-1999, Auf der Maur was a member and bass player of the alternative rock band Hole, and she is featured on the Grammy-nominated album, Celebrity Skin. She joined the Smashing Pumpkins in 2000 for their Farewell World Tour. She has also released two solo albums, Auf der Maur (2004) and Out of Our Minds (2010). The latter project comprises an album, a comic book, and a short film. Auf der Maur’s photographs have been exhibited internationally, including at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and have appeared in such publications as Spin, Elle, Nylon, and American Photo. She was born in Montreal, Canada and raised with a fine arts education, focusing on Music and Photography.

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