Twitter Chat Recap/Reminder: Historic Holidays and Modernism

Posted on: January 3rd, 2014 by Sarah Heffern

The National Trust's new mid-century modern home, the Watergate Office Building. (Photo courtesy Sarah M. Heffern)
The National Trust's new Midcentury Modern home, the Watergate Office Building.

The 2013 holiday season is just behind us, but we still wanted to share the recap of December's #builtheritage Twitter chat, which focused on preservation-friendly gifts for the building hugger on your list. Unsurprisingly, chatters were full of book recommendations, and because reading never goes out of season, the suggestions in the slideshow below would make great birthday gifts throughout 2014.

This month, our chat topic will be Modernism, the cover story of the current issue of Preservation magazine and a top-of-mind topic for all of us working in the National Trust's DC headquarters, which just moved into the modernist Watergate building last month.

We are excited about the opportunity to "walk the talk" on the value of modern buildings, but we also know one office move isn't going to be enough to change the conversation about buildings that are often considered not historic enough and difficult to save.

That's where you come in. We want to hear from you about challenges and successes in the field -- and what support the preservation movement needs from nonprofits and governments to save these buildings. Join us online on Wednesday, January 8 at 4:00 p.m. EST on the #builtheritage hashtag.

Here's how to participate:

1. Sign in to Twitter, or into a chat-specific site such as TweetChat,, or (Using a chat site allows you to filter just the chat-specific hashtag, and also appends it to any tweets you send, allowing for a more streamlined experience.)

2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage.

3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other participants using replies and retweets.

The Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have six per chat) are posed by the moderators as Q1, Q2, Q3,etc. about every 10 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations and tangents still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.

See you then!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

Modern Architecture, Social Media