Molly’s journey to preservation began with various positions in art and architectural restoration work, following the completion of a BA in English and Studio Art. She has always had an interest in materials and a passion for bringing old things back to life. When she realized she preferred the process of caring for historic art and artifacts more than creating work of her own, historic preservation became a logical career choice. While pursuing her Master of Arts in Historic Preservation from Goucher College, Molly restored historic wood windows and worked for a masonry restoration contractor in Chicago. The highlight of these jobs was having a different historic building as her office every day. In the summer of 2021, Molly participated in Rosin’s internship program. When the opportunity presented itself, she was thrilled to return to Kansas City to join the team.
It’s hard to pick just one, but I’ve been enamored with Chicago Park District fieldhouses for the last few years. They incorporate a vast array of revival styles and each one has a way of reflecting the character of the neighborhood it serves. Architect Clarence Hatzfeld designed some of my favorites in the 1920s.
I believe historic preservation is an essential way to manage change so that communities can continue to evolve without losing an invaluable connection to the past. In a practical sense, it is also economically and environmentally responsible to continue to work with what we have.